Newsmaker Dinners allow the university community to join into discussions of current events, the media and the writing life with distinguished journalists, best-selling authors and leaders in public affairs from around the globe. The intimate gatherings convene regularly in the Mathey private dining room.
The host is Joe Stephens, founding director of the Program in Journalism and a Ferris Professor of Journalism in Residence. A veteran investigative reporter for The Washington Post, he is a three-time winner of the George Polk Award and a three-time finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.
Stephens has written extensively on presidential politics, political corruption, the war against terrorism, Afghan reconstruction, the federal judiciary, and drug experiments conducted on children in the developing world. He has reported and lectured in Europe, Africa, Asia, Latin America, and across the U.S. His stories have led to Congressional hearings, national legislative reforms, criminal convictions, and millions of dollars in fines.