Larry Abramson - UM

Larry Abramson headshotWas anyone happy with how the media covered the recent Presidential race? President Obama blamed the news media for not covering the issues of the campaign. Others say journalists took too long to take Trump seriously and press him on facts. Some argue reporters unfairly dismissed Senator Bernie Sanders and others wondered if the list of Hillary scandals was real or part of the fake news phenomenon.

Larry Abramson, the dean of the University of Montana School of Journalism will discuss the media’s role in the recent campaign. Abramson is familiar with Washington politics. He moved to Missoula from Washington DC where he spent three decades as a professional journalist, nearly all of them with National Public Radio. While at NPR, Abramson was a Pentagon Correspondent, responsible for following the Secretary of Defense around the world on the Air Force jet known as the “Doomsday Plane.” As a reporter he covered a wide array of government agencies including the FBI, Federal Communications Commission and Defense Department. His reporting took him all over the U.S. and to Europe, Asia, South America and the Middle East. His son Seth is currently serving in the U.S. Air Force in Japan.