Panelists named for Obama-Romney forum at Loyola

The list of panelists has been firmed up for the Sept. 11 Phil Ponce forum at Loyola University Chicago.

Here is the announcement:

Loyola University Chicago’s School of Communication and WTTW’s Phil Ponce present:

Bridging the Great Divide

Partisan Politics, the Press and the Modern Presidential Campaign

Chicago Tonight anchor Phil Ponce and a panel of distinguished journalists and commentators will discuss the increasingly contentious 2012 Presidential Campaign at a forum titled, Bridging the Great Divide: Partisan Politics, the Press and the Modern Presidential Campaign at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11 at Loyola University Chicago’s downtown Water Tower Campus.

Among the issues to be explored:

How relevant are “objective” media outlets during this campaign? Is “objective” coverage now the exception?  Is the proliferation of partisan outlets good, bad, or simply a fact of life? How have the partisan corners of the media landscape affected the way this presidential campaign is being run?  To what extent do news consumers sample media venues whose politics differ from their own?

Panelists include:

Tom Bevan, Co-Founder and Executive Editor of RealClearPolitics

Daniel Libit, Political Reporter, The Daily

Kristen McQueary, Editorial Board Member, Chicago Tribune

Salim Muwakkil, Senior Editor of In These Times, and radio host WVON-1690-AM

Jim Warren, Editor-at-Large, Newsweek/The Daily Beast

Ponce hosts the news affairs program, Chicago Tonight, on WTTW-11 and is a Distinguished Professional in Residence in Loyola’s School of Communication. In addition to teaching at Loyola, Ponce hosts an annual fall forum exploring critical issues in journalism.

The forum will be held from 6-7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11 at Loyola’s Water Tower Campus in Kasbeer Hall, on the 15th Floor of Corboy Law Center, 25 E. Pearson Street. Admission is free and open to the public, and there will be complimentary food and refreshments. The event is sponsored by the School of Communication.

A campus map is available at:

The event also will have a live Twitter feed at:

For more information, contact John Slania, Loyola’s Journalism Program Director, at 312 915-6524 or


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