The Center for Political Communication proudly co-sponsored an alumni networking event on November 12, 2015, at NPR Headquarters in Washington, DC. CPC Founding Director Ralph Begleiter moderated a panel talk on "The New World of Digital Politics," featuring NPR's Domenico Montanaro (AS '01), campaign strategist Brian Donahue, CPC Associate Director Professor Lindsay Hoffman, and NPR correspondent Sam Sanders. The event was part of the popular Conversations and Connections series, hosted by the UD's Office of Development and Alumni Relations. Conversations and Connections draws together current students, alumni and friends all interested in broad, far-ranging topics.
In addition to the panel discussion on digital politics, members of the Delaware Diamonds Society and donors to the CPC and College of Arts and Sciences had the rare chance to tour NPR’s headquarters earlier in the evening, walking through the newsroom, sitting in production studios and even meeting on-air personalities Audie Cornish, one of NPR’s All Things Considered anchors, and Mara Liasson, NPR’s senior political correspondent.
Students benefited from the networking event as well, chatting up the speakers and alumni before and after the event. Freshman political science and international major Tamar Epps sought advice from NPR reporter Sam Sanders on the importance of black voices in the media. “It’s fascinating to be here,” she said after their discussion. “I’m so glad we have events like this, where we can meet and learn from leaders in the field. It’s an incredible opportunity.”