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White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders to Join Reporters at GW to Assess Trump’s Impact on Politics, Policy and the Presidency

October 11, 2017
Jason Shevrin:, 202-994-5631
Maralee Csellar:, 202-994-7564
Washington—George Washington University’s School of Media and Public Affairs and the White House Correspondents’ Association will a host panel with White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders, White House correspondents and academics. The event will be held at the Jack Morton Auditorium at GW beginning at 7 p.m. on Oct. 23.
The forum, “Trump's First Year: Will Politics, Policy and the Presidency Ever be the Same?” will explore the Trump presidency from the front lines. What deals have been made? What deals were lost? Has Mr. Trump kept his campaign promises? How can the policy that matters to millions of Americans be covered during the Twitter presidency? 
The event will include an audience question-and-answer session. The panel will also discuss the unprecedented challenge of covering the White House in a new era of media distrust and political division. 
  • Sarah Sanders, White House press secretary
  • Olivier Knox, chief Washington correspondent, Yahoo! News; president-elect, White House Correspondents Association (2018-2019)
  • John Roberts, chief White House correspondent, Fox News
  • April Ryan, White House correspondent and Washington bureau chief, American Urban Radio Networks; CNN political correspondent
  • Glenn Thrush, White House correspondent, The New York Times
  • Sarah Binder, professor of political science, GW
  • Frank Sesno, director, GW School of Media and Public Affairs (co-moderator)
  • Margaret Talev, White House correspondent, Bloomberg News; CNN political analyst; president, White House Correspondents’ Association (co-moderator) 
Monday, Oct. 23, 2017; 7-8:30 p.m.
The George Washington University
Media and Public Affairs Building 
Jack Morton Auditorium (ground floor)
805 21st St., NW
Washington, D.C.
Foggy Bottom-GWU Metro (Blue, Orange and Silver lines)
Media interested in attending must contact Jason Shevrin at or 202-994-5631. Media must RSVP by close of business on Friday, Oct. 20. Please indicate if you are requesting a camera position. Space is limited and confirmation from GW is required for media attendance. 
“We are living through an exceptionally challenging and important time in American politics and media. We will talk about the important issues of the day: from health care to immigration, from Texas to North Korea, and much more. This event is part of our school’s mission to generate open and rigorous discussions among government, media, academics and the public,” said Frank Sesno, director of the School of Media and Public Affairs at GW. “We are especially excited to host this event with such a well-respected institution that is on the front lines of these issues each day.”
“This event is an exciting opportunity to discuss core issues of press and democracy with an institution that is preparing the next generation of journalists and political communicators,” said Margaret Talev, president of the White House Correspondents’ Association.  “We are pleased to include our members in this open discussion.”
More information on this event is available at Follow the conversation on Twitter at the handle @SMPAGWU and hashtag #YearofTrump. The event will be broadcast live at