Rochester Beacon Online Event

A Conversation with John Harris and Tom Hamburger

October 6, 2020, noon – 1 p.m., live on Zoom

With a highly polarized electorate and the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 presidential race is unlike any other in memory. Reporters covering this year’s campaign are faced with unprecedented challenges. At the local level, journalists face similar challenges—made even more difficult by depleted staffs and resources, the consequence of newspapers’ long-term financial decline.

On Oct. 6, the Rochester Beacon will present an hourlong online conversation with two of the nation’s most respected and influential journalists—both Rochester natives—who from their unique perspectives will address the state of the nation’s politics as well as the outlook for local journalism:

John Harris – A Pittsford native, Harris spent two decades at the Washington Post, covering local politics, state politics in Virginia and national politics. He has authored two books on politics, including “The Survivor: Bill Clinton in the White House.” In 2007, he co-founded Politico, one of the most successful digitally focused journalism startups. He stepped down as editor-in-chief last year but continues to cover national politics as a Politico columnist.

Tom Hamburger – He grew up in Brighton and has worked as a reporter since 1976. Now with the Washington Post, Hamburger is a 2018 Pulitzer Prize and George Polk Award recipient (for his work with a team of Washington Post reporters on Trump campaign and administration ties to Russia), and a political analyst for MSNBC. He is an investigative reporter focused on the intersection of money and politics in Washington.

It is free to attend the event, but registration is required. Sign up now!

Armbruster Capital Management Inc., Burke Group Inc. and The Estate, Legacy and Long-Term Care Planning Center of Western NY are presenting sponsors. Bond, Schoneck & King PLLC is a gold sponsor.