Nationally known political journalist Amy Walter will speak at Trinity on Thursday, October 16, 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in Social Hall in Main Hall. She will provide a non-partisan perspective on the 2008 Presidential Election. The entire Trinity community is welcome to hear this dynamic, insightful speaker.
Walter is one of the nation’s top political forecasters. As the editor-in-chief of The Hotline, Washington’s premier daily briefing on American politics, she is the publication’s primary voice. Her reliably accurate analysis of the national political environment is featured in the Hotline’s daily Spotlight, her daily appearances on HotlineTV, her weekly on-air C-SPAN briefings, and her weekly National Journal column, On The Trail.
Walter is widely known for giving frank yet genial interviews, which has gained her much airtime on the national television news circuit. Her astuteness and wit garner her choice platforms and friendly, interested discourse from colleagues with diverse political viewpoints.
Walter, who was the recipient of The Washington Post’s Crystal Ball award for her spot-on political predictions in 2000, was dubbed one of the most powerful people in politics in George magazine for her insights into the mechanics that make the political machine run.
She is a political analyst for CNN and a frequent contributor to The Newshour with Jim Lehrer (PBS). Walter has also served as a panelist and commentator on Face the Nation (CBS), Meet the Press (NBC), Washington Journal (C-SPAN), Real Time with Bill Maher (HBO), and The Early Show (CBS). She provided election night commentary for CNN in 2002 and 2004, and was a member of CNN’s Emmy-award winning election night team in 2006.
Walter is a multimedia multitasker who provided election night analysis for Voter News Service in 1998 and 2000. In 2007, she concluded a banner decade operating as a senior editor of The Cook Political Report, a nonpartisan publication renowned for providing some of the nation’s most respected and intuitive political analysis. There, she earned well-deserved accolades for successfully handicapping U.S. House races, and was frequently quoted as a congressional election expert in newspapers such as The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post and The New York Times. During her tenure, she also contributed to National Journal magazine and Congress Daily.
Given her extensive experience, Walter speaks with keen insight about the electoral process, congressional culture, and the Washington political scene. Being a familiar presence across the media spectrum, and as an academic — having graduated summa cum laude from Colby College and having served as an adjunct professor at one of the nation’s top communications schools — Amy Walter’s range of topics and expertise provides an engaging, compelling presentation that keeps audiences riveted.