E.J. Dionne kicks off Speaker Series March 28

The Media School Report • March 2, 2017
Syndicated columnist E.J. Dionne. (Courtesy Peter Morigi)
Syndicated columnist E.J. Dionne. (Courtesy Peter Morigi)

Washington Post syndicated columnist E.J. Dionne will kick off the school’s Speaker Series with at 5:30 p.m. March 28 in Presidents Hall in Franklin Hall. The talk is free and open to the public.

Dionne’s talk is titled “Lee Hamilton Wouldn’t Recognize the Place: What Has Become of Politics in Washington?” While at IU, he will receive the Lee H. Hamilton Public Service Fellowship, presented by former U.S. Congressman Lee Hamilton, a distinguished scholar in IU’s School of Global and International Studies.

Dionne’s work is grounded in years of reporting on government and politics on local, national and international levels. The Massachusetts native started his career at The New York Times, where he spent 14 years on the politics beat in Paris, Rome and Beirut.

He joined The Washington Post in 1990 to cover national politics, then launched his column three years later. It was syndicated in 1996 and now appears in more than 100 newspapers in the U.S. and abroad. His reputation for keen political analysis has led to appearances as a commentator on NPR, CNN and NBC, among others.

Dionne also is author of six books, including Why Americans Hate Politics, which won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and was a National Book Award nominee. His most recent book, Why the Right Went Wrong: Conservatism From Goldwater to Trump and Beyond, was published in 2016. He also is co-editor or editor of seven other works.

In his career, Dionne has amassed dozens of awards, including the American Political Science Association’s Carey McWilliams Award, which honors journalistic contributions to the understanding of politics, and the Sidney Hillman Foundation’s Hillman Award for Career Achievement.

A graduate of Harvard University, Dionne also received a doctorate from the University of Oxford, where he was Rhodes Scholar. He is a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and is a professor at Georgetown University, where he teaches in the McCourt School of Public Policy.