Finding Common Ground on Facts, Fake News & The Media

February 25, 2020 – 5pm EDT
Columbia School of Journalism

Join two top journalists to discuss the role of the modern media in this era of divisive politics.

In a time of intense political division, is it still possible for the public to turn to the media to gain a shared understanding of facts? Common Ground Committee, a nonprofit dedicated to fostering civil public discourse in politics, is honored to partner with the Columbia University School of Journalism to welcome New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman and Fox News correspondent Chris Wallace to an important conversation on the role we all play in moving the country forward through our most explosive era of modern journalism.

Finding Common Ground on Facts, Fake News and the Media

with Maggie Haberman of the New York Times & CNN and Chris Wallace of Fox News

Tuesday, February 25, 2020 – 5 to 6:30 PM EST

Columbia Journalism School
Joseph D. Jamail Lecture Hall
3rd Floor Of Pulitzer Hall
2950 Broadway
New York, NY 10027
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About the Speakers

Maggie Haberman

Maggie Haberman, New York Times White House correspondent and CNN political analyst, is one of the most respected and influential voices in national affairs journalism today. A seasoned veteran of political reporting, she covered City Hall for the New York Daily News, the 2008 U.S. Presidential campaign and other political races for the New York Post, as well as national affairs as a senior reporter for Politico. In 2018, Maggie and her team at the New York Times received the Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting for their coverage of the Trump administration and alleged Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. Presidential campaign.

Chris Wallace

Chris Wallace, the host of Fox News Sunday, is one of the country’s most prominent political journalists. Over his decades-long career, he reported from the ABC News desk as a senior correspondent for Primetime and 20/20, and as an anchor on NBC News’ Meet the Press. Chris has won every major broadcast news award, including three Emmys. In 2016, he earned praise from both sides of the aisle for his sterling performance moderating the final presidential debate between Hilary Clinton and Donald Trump. In 2019, Chris was nominated for an Emmy for Best Live Interview for his interview of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Linda Feldmann

Linda Feldmann is The Christian Science Monitor’s Washington Bureau Chief, host of the Monitor Breakfast, and senior political and White House correspondent. She has covered every presidential election since 1996. Previous positions at the Monitor include Moscow Bureau Chief, op-ed editor, foreign-affairs writer, and assistant international news editor. In 2016, she was elected to the Gridiron Club. Since 2015, she has been a delegate to the Dartmouth Conference, a US-Russian citizens’ diplomacy initiative. In 1999, she won an Exceptional Merit Media Award from the National Women’s Political Caucus.

Common Ground Committee

Common Ground Committee (CGC) is a non-partisan, citizen-led organization that inspires action on polarizing issues by bringing prominent leaders with opposing views together in public forums to find common ground. Since its founding in 2009, the organization has hosted dozens of notable panelists including John Kerry, Condoleezza Rice, Michael Steele and Donna Brazile to find points of consensus on issues ranging from race and income inequality to America’s role in the world. Free of political agenda and financial influence, Common Ground Committee has a singular focus on bringing light, not heat, to public discourse. Get involved with Common Ground Committee.


Columbia Journalism School is one of the leading journalism schools in the world, established in 1912. Its rigorous programs cover the bedrock values of journalistic excellence, ethics, inquiry and professional practices. The Journalism School administers several prestigious awards that uphold the standards of media excellence, a tradition founder Joseph Pulitzer began when he endowed the Pulitzer Prizes at Columbia in 1917.