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Former White House and NPR Staffers Join GW’s School of Media and Public Affairs

SMPA Announces 2014-15 Distinguished Fellows

August 28, 2014
Jason Shevrin: 202-994-5631, [email protected]
Emily Grebenstein: 202-994-3087, [email protected]
WASHINGTON—Tony Fratto, former deputy White House press secretary under President George W. Bush, and Barbara Bradley Hagerty, former correspondent for National Public Radio, will join the George Washington University’s School of Media and Public Affairs (SMPA) as fellows for the 2014-15 academic year. Both will provide key insights for students and faculty about working in journalism and media.
“The School of Media and Public Affairs is thrilled to bring these professionals and their exceptional experience to our academic community,” said Frank Sesno, director of SMPA. “The perspectives and insights into the fields of journalism and political communication that Tony and Barbara will provide to our students are invaluable and reflect the opportunities that make SMPA so unique.”
Mr. Fratto is managing partner at Hamilton Place Strategies, a strategic communications and crisis management consultancy based in Washington, D.C. Mr. Fratto served as deputy assistant to the president and deputy press secretary to President Bush from September 2006 to January 2009. He also has served as assistant secretary in the U.S. Department of the Treasury and as a communications specialist for the Bush-Cheney campaign.
“I’m incredibly excited and honored to join the GW family as a distinguished fellow this year.  I’m looking forward to working with students and faculty,” said Mr. Fratto. “I hope I can share everything I’ve learned along the way, but I also know I'll be learning a lot. It's going to be a terrific year.”
Ms. Bradley Hagerty worked for NPR for the past 18 years, earning several national awards for her coverage of politics, legal affairs and religion. She wrote the 2009 New York Times best-selling book “Fingerprints of God,” and is writing a book on the science of how to thrive in midlife, to be published next year by Riverhead Books. Ms. Bradley Hagerty has received two Gracie Awards from the Alliance for Women in Media, a National Headliner Award and the Religion Newswriters Association’s Radio/Podcast Religion Report of the Year Award. She was also selected for a Templeton-Cambridge Journalism Fellowship in Science and Religion in 2005.
“I’m delighted to be working with GW’s students at this point in journalism's evolution, a sort of Wild West of the news business when everything is up in the air,” said Ms. Bradley Hagerty. “I look forward to seeing how we can mesh the bedrock values of traditional journalism — honesty, insight, bull-doggedness — with the fresh, smart approach of new media. It should be a great ride.”
The distinguished fellows program brings exceptional professionals from the fields of media, political communication and public affairs to SMPA each year to participate in class discussions, public events and career advising. Beginning with the 2015-2016 academic year, the program will be endowed as the Terker Distinguished Fellows in Media and Public Affairs. Bruce and Cindy Terker, parents of a 2013 SMPA graduate, initiated the distinguished fellows program in 2010. Past fellows include former U.S. Sen. Robert Bennett, Arun Chaudhary, P.J. Crowley, Major Garrett, Ed Henry, Bob Herbert, Mara Liasson, Joe Lockhart, Tara Sonenshine and Douglas Wilson.
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SMPA is dedicated to the rigorous study of journalism and political communication with a focus on understanding the impact media have on how societies inform and govern, connect and communicate. As media undergo transformational change, SMPA’s goal is to advance both theoretical insight and innovative practice. SMPA conducts groundbreaking research, offers inspiring teaching, encourages hands-on work in the field and in our production facilities and engages directly with thought leaders in Washington, D.C., and around the world.
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