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Common Ground Committee Hosts Panel On Role Of Media In Political Polarization

Chris Wallace and Jonathan Karl will discuss how the media impacts America’s views in a conversation moderated by CBS correspondent Jacqueline Adams

Wilton, CT, April 8, 2022 – Common Ground Committee (CGC), a nonpartisan, citizen-led nonprofit dedicated to reducing polarization, announced their upcoming, free event on the role of the media in politics. CNN+ anchor Chris Wallace will be joined by Jonathan Karl, the Chief Washington Correspondent for ABC News and the co-anchor of This Week with George Stephanopoulos. Their conversation, about how the media impacts American attitudes, and how public trust can be restored as news outlets navigate a changing landscape, will be moderated by former CBS news correspondent and author Jacqueline Adams.

This will mark Wallace’s second appearance with CGC. He previously took part in a discussion with The New York Times’ Maggie Haberman at Columbia University in 2020.

“At a time when division is at an all-time high and with the midterm elections approaching, we are grateful that Chris and Jonathan can lend their wisdom to this conversation,” said Bruce Bond, co-founder and CEO of CGC. “By the end of the evening, we hope attendees will have the tools they need to advocate for less polarized media.”

This virtual panel discussion is presented in partnership with the Bridge Alliance and will kick off the National Week of Conversation 2022 when Americans from all backgrounds and beliefs will come together at over 100 events to make a difference. To attend this free event, please sign up online here.

“We could not be more excited to partner with the Common Ground Committee to kick off the National Week of Conversation,” said Debilyn Molineaux, president and CEO of the Bridge Alliance. “Now more than ever, it’s important to combat the division plaguing our country. Having open conversations is one of the most effective ways to do so. We look forward to hearing Chris’ and Jonathan’s insights on how the media can regain public trust.”

Chris Wallace and Jonathan Karl will be available for interviews following the event. For interview requests, please contact Emily Cooper at or 212-671-2086


About Common Ground Committee
Common Ground Committee (CGC) is a nonpartisan, nonprofit 501(c)3 citizen-led organization dedicated to fostering more progress and less division in politics. Since its founding in 2009, CGC has held 14 public forums featuring panelists who have reached over 200 points of consensus. Panelists have included such notable pairings as John Kerry and Condoleezza Rice, David Petraeus and Susan Rice, Michael Steele and Donna Brazile, and Larry Kudlow and Barney Frank, exploring issues ranging from race and income inequality to foreign policy. CGC produces the “Let’s Find Common Ground” podcast series, which has had over 100 thousand downloads. CGC also created the Common Ground Scorecard, a voting tool that scores politicians and candidates for public office on their likelihood to find common ground with the opposite party. Free of political agenda and financial influence, CGC has a singular focus on bringing light, not heat, to public discourse.