NPR’s Nina Totenberg, NBC News’ Pete Williams and CBS News Legal Analyst Jonathan Turley to Discuss Political Division and the U.S. Constitution at National Press Club, Dec. 4Adelphi, Md. (Nov. 12, 2019)—Is America headed for—or perhaps already in—a constitutional crisis fueled by highly partisan politics? Is this endangering our democracy? If so, where do we go from here?
The first forum in the 26th season of The Kalb Report (and the 100th program in the series) will tackle these questions as well as examine who we are as a country today, how we are influencing the world and whether the current administration is an anomaly or represents a dramatic shift in our ideology.
Joining moderator Marvin Kalb will be NPR Legal Affairs Correspondent Nina Totenberg, NBC News Justice Correspondent Pete Williams and George Washington University Constitutional Law Professor and CBS News Analyst Jonathan Turley.
The Kalb Report: “We the People…” will take place in the main ballroom of the National Press Club (14th and F Street, NW, Washington, D.C.) on Wednesday, Dec. 4, at 8 p.m.
“What would a constitutional crisis look like?” asks Kalb. “Are we in one already? Reluctantly, I say we are; and if we are, how can we emerge from it? Are we, as currently structured, capable of emerging from the Trump era? This should be a fascinating interchange of ideas and suggestions. Join us.”
“The Kalb Report” series is produced jointly by The National Press Club Journalism Institute, the George Washington University School of Media and Public Affairs, Harvard University’s Shorenstein Center, University of Maryland Global Campus, the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland and the Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Oklahoma.
For the 17th consecutive year, the series is underwritten by a grant from Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation.
Maryland Public Television serves as presenting station for The Kalb Report series, which is distributed nationally by American Public Television. The series also airs on Sirius-XM Satellite Radio and Federal News Radio in Washington, D.C. Each program is streamed live at press.org.
Since 1994, the partnership has produced 99 forums in the series with guests including Justices Antonin Scalia and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, Rupert Murdoch, Diane Sawyer, Roger Ailes, Katie Couric, Bob Costas, Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred, Hillary Clinton, David McCullough, Apollo 11 Astronaut Michael Collins, Cokie Roberts and Walter Cronkite.
“The Kalb Report” was most recently honored with a Gold World Medal in the 2018 New York Festivals International Radio Awards competition for its program “Guardians of the Fourth Estate” featuring the executive editors of “The New York Times” and “The Washington Post,“ Dean Baquet and Marty Baron. This followed a Gold World Medal in 2015 for “Writing History: Bob Woodward, Carl Bernstein and Journalism’s Finest Hour.” In 2012, the series received both a Gold World Medal and the overall Grand Award at the New York Festivals for “Anchoring 911, The Day and the Decade” with Charles Gibson, Brit Hume, Dan Rather and Frank Sesno.
Moderator Marvin Kalb is Edward R. Murrow Professor Emeritus at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and senior advisor to the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. In a distinguished 30-year career in journalism, Mr. Kalb served as chief diplomatic correspondent for CBS News and NBC News and moderator of “Meet the Press.” He went on to serve as the founding director of Harvard’s Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy.
Among his many honors are two Peabody Awards, the DuPont Prize from Columbia University, the 2006 Fourth Estate Award from the National Press Club and more than a half-dozen Overseas Press Club awards. Mr. Kalb has authored or co-authored 16 books including two best-selling novels. His latest book is “Enemy of the People: Trump’s War on the Press, the New McCarthyism, and the Threat to American Democracy.”
Executive Producer Michael Freedman is a senior vice president and Journalist in Residence at University of Maryland Global Campus, as well as a professorial lecturer in journalism at the George Washington University and a member of the National Press Club Board of Governors.
He is the former general manager of CBS Radio Network News and a former managing editor of United Press International. Over the course of his career, he and his teams have earned more than 85 honors for journalistic excellence including 14 Edward R. Murrow Awards from the Radio-Television News Directors Association.
Senior Producer Heather Date is a vice president at University of Maryland Global Campus and former CNN producer. She received the Alliance for Women in Media’s 2011 Gracie Award as Outstanding Producer for her work on “The Kalb Report.”
Director Shelly Schwartz has distinguished himself as one of the premier producer-directors in the nation’s capital for more than 30 years. His directing credits include “The McLaughlin Group,” “The George Michael Sports Machine” and “It’s Academic.”