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President’s Speaker today: Political reporter Susan Rasky

Hear what a seasoned political reporter has to say about the 2012 presidential election when Susan Rasky visits UCOP today, Tuesday, Oct. 30, 12 to 1 p.m. in Franklin Lobby 1 Conference Room, part of the President’s Speaker Series.

Her talk, “It’s all my fault: I’m from the media,” will take a look at the upcoming election and key California ballot measures, with a focus on the role of the political reporter and how reporting of politics has changed in recent years.

Rasky is a UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism adjunct professor and former congressional correspondent for The New York Times. Winner of a George Polk Award for National Reporting, she began her career in Washington, D.C., covering economic policy for the Bureau of National Affairs, Inc., and later reported for Reuters from Capitol Hill and the White House.

She joined the J-School faculty in 1991, where she teaches opinion writing, political reporting and the ethics segment of a course on law and ethics.

Rasky also established and supervises the J-School’s California News Service, which gives students experience covering government and politics for news organizations nationwide. She is the faculty adviser for the Berkeley Political Review, a student-run quarterly magazine and political blog.

She received a bachelor’s degree in history from UC Berkeley and holds a master’s in economic history from the London School of Economics. She is also working on a proposal for a book, Listening Posts, which looks at 10 congressional districts with rapidly changing demographics.

The President’s Speaker Series, On California, was initiated by President Mark Yudof last year to showcase the talent and public contributions of UC faculty, alumni and other prominent Californians in the areas of education, policy/politics and research.

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