A Post-Election Conversation with David Corn at the Chicago Humanities Festival

David Corn: Breaking News, Changing History

Mother Jones Washington bureau chief David Corn left an indelible impact on the 2012 presidential campaign by breaking "the 47 percent story." Corn went on to win the George Polk award and a National Magazine Award for the story, but his scoop of Mitt Romney’s candid comments at a Florida fundraiser is only one of many highlights in his long career as a distinguished political journalist.

Four days after the upcoming midterm elections, join Corn for a conversation with Steve Edwards, the University of Chicago Institute of Politics executive director and former WBEZ 91.5 program host. The pair will offer up a post-mortem on the midterms, discuss what can be expected as attention shifts to 2016, and of course revisit how Corn pulled off "the scoop of the decade." 

November 8, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
UIC Forum – Main Hall C
725 W. Roosevelt Road, Chicago, IL, 60608
The event is sold out. However, there are a limited number of complimentary tickets available to Mother Jones supporters and press.
To claim yours, RSVP to press@motherjones.com


David Corn is the Washington, DC, bureau chief for Mother Jones magazine and an analyst for MSNBC. In 2012, Corn won the George Polk award and a National Magazine Award for breaking the 47 percent video story that influenced the Obama-Romney presidential contest. He is the author of, among other books, the New York Times bestsellers Showdown and Hubris (with Michael Isikoff). His novel, Deep Background, was hailed as one of the best novels of the year by the Los Angeles Times. He is also the author of the biography Blond Ghost: Ted Shackley and the CIA’s Crusades. For 20 years, he was the Washington editor of The Nation magazine. He has written for numerous magazines and newspapers, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, Harper’s, The Atlantic, The New Republic, and Slate, and regularly appears on Face the Nation and provides commentary on NPR.


For more than two decades, Steve Edwards has covered politics and public policy as a journalist and program host. His work has appeared on the BBC, Bloomberg News, PBS, and on numerous public radio stations around the United States. Most recently, he spent nearly 14 years at WBEZ, Chicago’s public radio station, where he served as host of the acclaimed daily shows The Afternoon Shift and Eight Forty-Eight. Steve has moderated numerous candidate debates, hosted the weekly political show The Best Game in Town, and was the correspondent for a BBC documentary on Chicago’s political culture. A native of Kansas City, he was a Knight-Wallace Fellow at the University of Michigan and earned his AB in political science from Amherst College.


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About The Chicago Humanities Festival:
The Chicago Humanities Festival’s mission is to create opportunities for people of all ages to support, enjoy and explore the humanities. We fulfill this mission through our annual festivals, the fall Chicago Humanities Festival and the spring Stages, Sights & Sounds, and by presenting programs throughout the year that encourage the study and enjoyment of the humanities.