Chuck Todd of NBC’s Meet The Press moderated a panel of Republican and Democratic campaign and media experts as part of George Washington University’s School of Media and Public Affairs first event in its Campaign 2016 series. The series celebrates the silver anniversary of the SMPA, which formed out of several related university programs 25 years ago this year.

View the full album of my photos from the event on Flickr here.

The Panel:

Chuck Todd

Chuck Todd is moderator of Meet the Press and the Political Director of NBC News. Previously, he was Chief White House Correspondent for NBC News, and hosted The Daily Rundown on MSNBC.  He is a member of SMPA’s National Council, and attended GW.



Frank Farenkopf gained national prominence during the 1980s when he served as chairman of the Republican Party for six of President Ronald Reagan’s eight years in the White House (1983 to 1989). He presently is co-chairman of the Commission on Presidential Debates, which conducts the general election presidential and vice presidential debates in presidential election years. He currently serves as an SMPA Terker Fellow.



Paul Wilson is Chairman and CEO of Wilson Grand Communications a television and digital communications company with offices in Alexandria, Virginia and Berkeley, CA. The firm will be 30 years old in March of 2016. Mr. Wilson has participated at various levels in six presidential campaigns. The firm clients include Congressman Paul Ryan, Sen. John Hoeven, Sen. Pat Roberts, Governor Sam Brownback and numerous other Republican office holders and SuperPACs. He serves on the SMPA National Council.


Amy Walter

Amy Walter is the National Editor of The Cook Political Report where she provides analysis of the issues, trends and events that shape the political environment. Her weekly column appears at She is also an exclusive panelist on NBC’s Meet the Press and a regular panelist on PBS’ Washington Week with Gwen Ifill and Fox News’ Special Report with Bret Baier. Walter is an SMPA Terker Fellow this year.


Cornell Belcher is President of brilliant corners Research & Strategies and is one of the premier strategists in national progressive politics as well as in the rebranding of corporate America. In addition to being a 2015 Harvard Kennedy School Visiting Fellow, he is also a former political contributor to CNN, having provided political analysis to them for six years. Cornell served as Pollster for the Democratic National Committee under Chairman Howard Dean making him the first minority to lead in that role for either national Party. He also served on the polling team for both Obama presidential campaigns. He serves on the SMPA National Council.


Mara Liasson, former SMPA Terker Fellow, is the national political correspondent for NPR. Her reports can be heard regularly on NPR’s award-winning newsmagazines All Things Considered and Morning Edition. Liasson provides extensive coverage of politics and policy from Washington, DC — focusing on the White House and Congress — and also reports on political trends. Prior to her current assignment, Liasson was NPR’s White House correspondent for all eight years of the Clinton administration. She has won the White House Correspondents Association’s Merriman Smith Award for daily news coverage in 1994, 1995, and again in 1997.

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