Tucson Festival of Books

Dateline: Washington


Producing the news is an ever-more-complicated undertaking. It goes beyond the 24/7 pressures of competition, deadlines and protecting news sources. Owners, editors, reporters and on-air personalities face constant criticism about their coverage. In this session, our authors will discuss the challenges and what a "free press" might look like in the future.


Panelists
Martin Baron

Martin (Marty) Baron retired at the end of February 2021, after over eight years as executive editor of The Washington Post. News staffs under his leadership have won 18 Pulitzer Prizes. The Post won 11 Pulitzers for coverage during his tenure that included the assault on the Capitol on Jan....

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Franklin Foer

Franklin Foer wrote “The Last Politician: Inside Joe Biden’s White House and the Struggle for America’s Future” which focuses on the more polite form of politics that the president practiced during his first two years in office, beginning with his 2021 inauguration and concluding with the midterm elections of 2022 when what the “red wave” pundits had predicted failed to materialize....

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Brian Stelter

Brian Stelter is a prominent author and media analyst best known for his insightful commentary and critique of the modern media landscape. As the host of CNN's "Reliable Sources" and a senior media correspondent for the network, Stelter has made an indelible mark on the field of journalism....

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Books:
Collision of Power
Trump, Bezos, and THE WASHINGTON POST
Martin Baron
Current Issues / Politics / Social Science
Flatiron Books
October 2023
ISBN 9781250844200
560 pages
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Network of Lies
The Epic Saga of Fox News, Donald Trump, and the Battle for American Democracy
Brian Stelter
Current Issues / Politics / Social Science
Simon and Schuster
November 2023
ISBN 9781668046906
368 pages
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The Last Politician:
Inside Joe Biden's White House and the Struggle for America's Future
Franklin Foer
Current Issues / Politics / Social Science
Penguin
September 2023
ISBN 9781101981146
432 pages
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Atlantic writer, Franklin Foer, focuses his book on President Biden's first two years in office, ending when the 'red wave' failed to occur at the midterm election. More/less