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About the Speakers

Jonathan Capehart
Opinion Writer, The Washington Post
Contributor, msnbc

JONATHAN CAPEHART is a member of the Post editorial board and writes about politics and social issues for the PostPartisan blog. He is also an MSNBC contributor, appearing regularly on Morning Joe and other dayside programs. Prior to joining The Post in 2007, Capehart was the deputy editor of New York Daily News’s editorial page from 2002 to 2005. He worked as a policy adviser to Michael Bloomberg in his successful campaign for mayor of New York City, he was a national affairs columnist for Bloomberg News from 2000 to 2001, and he was a member of the Daily News editorial board from 1993 to 2000. Capehart and the Daily News editorial board won the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Writing for their series on the Apollo Theater in Harlem.
Richard Davis

Professor of Political Science, Brigham Young University
RICHARD DAVIS is a professor of political science at Brigham Young University. He is the author or co-author of several books on political communication and American politics including Typing Politics: The Role of Blogs in American Politics (Oxford University Press, 2009); Campaigning Online (Oxford University Press, 2003), and the Web of Politics: The Internet's Impact on American Democracy (Oxford University Press, 1999)

Russ Feingold
Mimi and Peter Haas Distinguished Visitor, Stanford University
Former U.S. Senator (D-WI)
Founder, Progressives United

RUSS FEINGOLD represented the State of Wisconsin in the United States Senate from 1993 to 2011. Since leaving the Senate, he has been a Visiting Professor at Marquette University Law School in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and the inaugural Mimi and Peter Haas Distinguished Visitor at Stanford University. In February of 2011, Feingold founded Progressives United, an organization devoted to challenging the dominance of corporate money over our American democracy. Feingold, a Rhodes scholar, is an honors law graduate of both Harvard Law School and Oxford University and earned his bachelor of arts with honors from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is the recipient of the 1999 John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award and the 2011 Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Medal.

Vincent Harris
CEO, Harris Media
Digital Consultant for Newt Gingrich 2012

At a young age VINCENT HARRIS has worked on the online side of 3 Presidential campaigns, having run digital for Perry and Gingrich's 2012 campaign. His 18 person firm, Harris Media, has worked with leading political figures and business groups including four sitting Governors. Harris' innovative work has been featured in the New York Times, Fox News, USA Today and more. He wasthe first trainer brought by the International Republican Institute into Egypt post Mubarak where he worked with parties and activists on digital media. He remains active helping spread Democracy in Egypt today. When not working, Harris is working on his PhD at the University of Texas in Government.

Beth Knobel

Assistant Professor, Communication and Media Studies, Fordham University
BETH KNOBEL had a 20-year long career as a journalist before joining Fordham University in 2007. She brings experience in all major areas of journalism—newspapers, magazines, television, radio and Internet--to her classes. From 1999 to 2006, she was the Moscow Bureau Chief for CBS News. In nine years at CBS, she worked as both an on-air correspondent as well as a producer.  She is a recipient of an Emmy award for coverage of the 2002 Moscow theater siege, and Edward R. Murrow and Sigma Delta Chi awards for coverage of the 2004 Beslan school siege. Dr. Knobel received masters and doctoral degrees in public policy from Harvard University, and her bachelors in political science from Barnard College, Columbia University.

Michael J. Malbin
Professor of Political Science, University at Albany, State University of New York.
MICHAEL J. MALBIN has been a University at Albany Professor of Political Science since 1990, having arrived here after seventeen years as a reporter, think tank scholar and government appointee in Washington, D.C. One consistent thread to his work has been the dynamics of institutional change and reform. To some extent, that interest grew serendipitously. He had the professional good luck of landing in Washington, with new PhD in hand (Cornell, 1973), just as the Watergate hearings were being played out on Capitol Hill. As a result, his earlier publications focused on congressional reform, party reform and congressional staffing – along with what has become an abiding interest in the role of money in politics. Since 1999 he has been able to pursue this last line of research as director of The Campaign Finance Institute in Washington. This has included a multi-year project on the role of small donors in federal and state elections. A recent strand of that research looks at the interactions between donating and volunteering, asking whether the evolving role of the Internet should alter our views of citizen participation in elections. Malbin's positions before Albany were as a reporter for National Journal, resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, Associate Director of the (U.S.) House Republican Conference and Speechwriter to the Secretary of Defense. Since coming here he has concurrently been a presidential appointee to the National Humanities Council, guest scholar at The Brookings Institution, and a visiting Professor atYale University.

David Mark
Senior Editor, POLITICO
DAVID MARK is a senior editor at POLITICO, which he joined October 2006. David is also author of “Going Dirty: The Art of Negative Campaigning” (Rowman & Littlefield; 3rd edition, 2009), which has been widely adopted in political science courses and was featured on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart”.   David was previously editor-in-chief of Campaigns & Elections magazine, which covers the business and trends of politics. David was also a reporter for Congressional Quarterly, on Capitol Hill, and the Associated Press, in Tallahassee, Fla. He earned a B.A from Brandeis University in Waltham, Mass., and an M.S. from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
Chuck Todd
NBC News Political Director
Chief White House Correspondent, NBC News\
Co-host of “The Daily Rundown” on MSNBC

CHUCK TODD is the Chief White House Correspondent for NBC News, as well as the co-host of “The Daily Rundown” on msnbc. He became NBC News' Political Director in March 2007. He also serves as NBC News' on-air political analyst for "NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams," "Today," "Meet the Press" and msnbc.  In addition tohis on-air analysis, Todd has been responsible for all aspects of the network’spolitical coverage, serving as the point person for political news and information.  He is also the editor of "First Read," NBC’s must-read guide to political news and trends in and around Washington, D.C. (  In 2009, Todd co-authored with Sheldon Gawiser the definitive election result analysis book for the 2008 presidential campaign, titled, "How Barack Obama Won," published by Vintage.In addition to Todd's extensive media presence, he's served as an adjunct professor, teaching a graduate-level political communications course at the Johns Hopkins University.

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