Clinton press secretary to discuss campaign communications, future of political journalism

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Brian Fallon, press secretary for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, will present a talk and answer audience questions about political journalism and campaign communications on Tuesday, March 28 at 4:30 p.m. in Rm. 119 of William L. Harkness Hall, 100 Wall St. His talk, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by The Politic, an undergraduate political and cultural journal, and the Poynter Fellowship in Journalism.

Fallon has worked as a spokesman for several of the country’s top Democrats. He graduated from Harvard University, where he covered sports for the Crimson. In 2004, he worked as a press aide to Senator John Kerry’s presidential campaign, and later served as campaign press secretary to Senator Robert Menendez’s 2006 campaign. He then became chief spokesman for Senator Charles Schumer until 2013, when he moved to the Justice Department and worked for Attorney General Eric Holder as director of public affairs.

In 2015, Fallon joined Secretary Clinton’s presidential campaign as national press secretary, and now works as a political commentator for CNN. His talk will cover his experiences on the campaign trail and his perspectives on the role of the press in the Trump presidency.

The Politic was established in 1947. In addition to printing a monthly magazine, The Politic maintains a website, brings speakers to campus at least once a month, and recently launched its first political documentary project, to be screened in various New Haven locations in April. Previous Politic speakers include John Dickerson, Ken Burns, and Susan Glasser, the former editor of Politico.

The Poynter Fellowship in Journalism was established by Nelson Poynter, who received his master’s degree in 1927 from Yale. The fellowship brings to campus journalists from a wide variety of media outlets who have made significant contributions to their field.

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