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Alternative facts and fake news: NBC’s Chuck Todd to speak on campus Thursday

|Katrice Hardy|Bob Inglis

Chuck Todd, NBC News political director and moderator of “Meet the Press,” will deliver the keynote address for the program, “Alternative Facts and Partisan Media: Missing Walter Cronkite,” that will be held on the Furman University campus Thursday, Aug. 31 at 5:30 p.m. in McAlister Auditorium.

Katrice Hardy

Todd will also participate in a panel discussion that includes Katrice Hardy, executive editor of The Greenville News, and Bob Inglis, a former member of the U.S. House of Representatives for South Carolina’s 4th district. Todd’s keynote address is titled “One Anchor’s View of the 2016 Presidential Election and the Role of Fake News.”

The session will be moderated by Furman Politics and International Affairs Professor Danielle Vinson.

Cost for the Aug. 31 program is $15. Registration is required and is available through this link.

The three-part Straight Talk Series, which began on Aug. 24, is hosted by the Riley Institute at Furman and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI). The third and final session on Sept. 7, “Winning the Information War: Where Do We Go from Here?,” is sold out.

As NBC News political director, Todd spearheads the network’s political coverage, offering his analysis and translation of Beltway politics across all platforms. Since 2014, he has been moderator of the popular Sunday morning program, “Meet the Press,” where he has interviewed top political figures like Secretary Hillary Clinton, Vice President Joe Biden, House Speaker Paul Ryan, General Colin Powell and President Trump. He also serves as host of a weekday show on MSNBC, “MTP Daily.”

Bob Inglis

Todd was a primary anchor for NBC’s primetime 2016 presidential election coverage, including the network’s special reporting on the Republican National Convention and the Democratic National Convention as well as the three presidential debates. He was also the NBC News’ chief White House correspondent from 2008 to 2014.

A detailed schedule of events for the “Media and Politics in a Post-Truth Era” series, along with speaker bios and registration information, is available at

More information is also available by contacting OLLI at 864-294-2998.

Last updated August 19, 2017
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