One Month Later: Making Sense of the 2016 Election

Alec MacGillis

Alec MacGillis

There will be a very special conversation at the Berkshire Museum, sponsored by OLLI (The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute), with award-winning national political reporter and author Alec MacGillis. The journalist and writer will discuss the recent Presidential election. He will be joined on stage by Kevin Moran, the editor-in-chief of the Berkshire Eagle, which is cosponsoring this event, along with the Berkshire Museum.

The talk on December 9, 2016 runs from 2:00 – 3:30pm and is free for OLLI, Berkshire Museum members and Berkshire Community College students, and only $10 general admission for others. Tickets may be purchased at the door or here.

"there is bound to be a certain amount of 
trouble running any country
 if you are president the trouble happens to you
 but if you are a tyrant you can arrange things so
 that most of the trouble happens to other people"
 - Don Marquis, archy does his part (1935)
archy was a cartoon cockroach who wrote his pithy messages by diving headlong onto the keyboard of a typewriter.

archy was a cartoon cockroach who wrote his pithy messages by diving headlong onto the keyboard of a typewriter.

Alec MacGillis covers politics and government for ProPublica, a non-profit online investigative journalism organization and two-time Pulitzer Prize-winner – the first online news organization to win journalism’s most recognized award. MacGillis has also reported for The New Republic, where his coverage included articles on the racial politics of Milwaukee, Chris Christie and political corruption in New Jersey.

He was the 2015 winner of the Toner Prize for Excellence in Political Reporting, sponsored by the S. I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University.

He spent five years as a reporter for the Washington Post, where he covered domestic policy issues and the 2008 presidential campaign, which included moving to New Hampshire for six weeks with his family (a two-year old and a newborn) to cover the primary. He was also a metro reporter for five years at The Baltimore Sun, where he and collaborators were Pulitzer Prize finalists for their coverage of the Beltway sniper.

His work has also appeared in The New York Times, The New Yorker and Harper’s. MacGillis is the author of “The Cynic,” a 2014 biography of Sen. Mitch McConnell.

Kevin Moran is editor-in-chief and regional vice president of news for New England Newspapers Inc., overseeing the newsroom operations of the Berkshire Eagle, Bennington Banner, Brattleboro Reformer, Manchester Journal, and related publications. He served as the managing editor of the Berkshire Eagle from 2005 to 2013, and has won numerous awards—from newswriting to editing to news design—during his 20-plus years in journalism.

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