The John Fisher Zeidman Memorial Colloquium on Politics and the Press at Duke University was established by Philip and Nancy Zeidman in memory of their son. John Zeidman, a Duke student, died in 1982 after contracting viral encephalitis while studying in China. The Zeidman Colloquium celebrates John’s passion for examining the interaction of politics and the press.

 

The Zeidman Colloquium is a panel discussion with media experts, produced biennially shortly after U.S. national elections take place. The Zeidman Colloquium is hosted by the DeWitt Wallace Center for Media & Democracy, in the Sanford School of Public Policy.

 

In a 1985 New Yorker article, Calvin Trillin chronicled the Zeidman family experience when their son fell ill. You can read the story here.

 

UPCOMING ZEIDMAN COLLOQUIUM:

 

The 2018 Zeidman Colloquium, entitled “What Happens Next?  The Midterms, the Media & Washington” will take place on Saturday, November 17, 2018, 1:00-2:30 pm.

Location:  Penn Pavilion, 107 Union Drive, Durham, NC 27710

 

Guest Panelists, 1984-2018

 

2018

Frank Bruni: Op-ed columnist, The New York Times
Yamiche Alcindor: White House correspondent, PBS NewsHour; political contributor, NBC News & MSNBC
Katherine Miller: editor, Buzzfeed News
Philip Bennett, Duke University (moderator)

 

2016

Evan Osnos, The New Yorker
Karen Tumulty, The Washington Post
Peter Hamby, Snapchat
David Fahrenthold, The Washington Post
Philip Bennett, Duke University (moderator)

 

2014

Bill Adair, Duke University (moderator)
Molly Ball, The Atlantic
Nate Silver, FiveThirtyEight
Brian Stelter, CNN

 

2012

James T. Hamilton, Duke University  (moderator)
John Dickerson, Slate magazine and CBS News
Nia-Malika Henderson, T’91, The Washington Post
Ben Smith, Editor-in-Chief, BuzzFeed.com

 

2010

Philip Bennett, Duke University (moderator)
John Harris, Politico
Sunshine Hillygus, Duke University
John King, CNN

 

2008

Garrett Graff, The Washingtonian
Ruth Marcus, The Washington Post
Mark Shields, The News Hour with Jim Lehrer, PBS
Jeff Zeleny, The New York Times

 

2006

Mike Allen, TIME Magazine
Mark Halperin, ABC News
Bill Schneider, CNN

 

2004

David Broder, The Washington Post
David Brooks, The New York Times
Margaret Warner, The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

 

2001-2002

Aaron Brown, CNN
Ronald Brownstein, Los Angeles Times
John Harwood, The Wall Street Journal

 

2000-2001

Richard Berke, The New York Times
David Gergen, Harvard University, KSG
Chuck Roberts, CNN Headline News
Jim Yardley, The New York Times

 

1999-2000

Andrew Glass, Cox Newspapers
Gwen Ifill, PBS
William Raspberry, The Washington Post

 

1998-1999

Martin Tolchin, The Hill
Linda Wertheimer, National Public Radio
Susan Tifft, Duke University, Author, The Trust

 

1996-1997

Al Hunt, The Wall Street Journal
Alex Jones, Shorenstein Center, Harvard University
Susan Tifft, Duke University
Judy Woodruff, CNN

 

1995-1996

Robert Kaiser, The Washington Post
Geneva Overholser, The Washington Post
Barbara Cochran, CBS News

 

1994-1995

Hodding Carter III, Independent Producer
Catherine Crier, CNN
David Gergen, Former White House Advisor

 

1993-1994

David Broder, The Washington Post
Paul Duke, Washington Week in Review

 

1992-1993              

R.W. Apple, Jr., The New York Times
Robert Entman, Northwestern University
Charlie Rose, The Charlie Rose Show

 

1991-1992

Tom Brokaw, NBC News
Kathleen Hall Jamieson, Univ of Pennsylvania
Ted Koppel, ABC Nightline
Larry Sabato, University of Virginia

 

1990-1991

Marek Lasota, Polish Radio
Andreas Lehmann, Sonntag, Berlin
David Paletz, Duke University
Lukasz Plesnar, Czas Krakowski, Poland

 

1989-1990

Richard Duncan, TIME Magazine
Bill Kovach, Nieman Foundation, Harvard
Ed Turner, CNN

 

1988-1989

Saul Friedman, Newsday
Walter Pincus, The Washington Post

 

1987-1988

Nicholas Daniloff, US News & World Report
Barbara Matusow, The Washingtonian
Jack Nelson, The Los Angeles Times

 

1985-1986

Floyd Abrams, Attorney
Harold Evans, US News & World Report
John Walsh, Attorney
William Van Alstyne, Duke University

 

1984-1985

Ken Eudy, The Charlotte Observer
Robert Kaiser, The Washington Post
James Lehrer, MacNeil-Lehrer News Hour
Hedrick Smith, The New York Times
Sander Vanocur, ABC News
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