American Forum on WAMU, 2001-2010

Youthquake ’08: How Millennials are Shaking up the Media, Mavericks and History-Makers this Election

Panelists: Cornell Belcher, Democratic strategist, Barack Obama Pollster, founder of Brilliant Corners Consulting; David Winston, Republican Strategist, president of the Winston Group, former senior fellow at the Heritage Foundation; Heather Smith, executive director, Rock the Vote, and leader of the most ambitious campaign ever to register young voters; James Kotecki, video blogger for, host of the award-winning online video series KoteckiTV, political analyst and commentator; Emily Freifeld, multimedia producer in politics at, AU SOC alumna, co-host of daily politics podcast and weekly POTUS’08 program on XM Radio. Produced by Karen Munson, WAMU 88.5 FM and Danna Walker, AU SOC.

Julian Bond – 2011

The American Forum’s Jane Hall sat down with civil rights leader Julian Bond for a student town hall at American University to discuss numerous issues in connection with of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial dedication.

Bond has been a social activist and a civil-rights leader since he was a college student in the South in the 1960s. Bond studied with King; and he was a founder of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee, which played a major role in civil-rights marches, Freedom Rides and voter-registration drives in the 1960s.

He is also chairman emeritus of the NAACP and an author, poet and professor.

Bond engaged with American University students and Hall about his own work as a young civil rights leader, women in the civil rights movement and what young people know – and don’t know – about the legacy of King and civil rights. He also challenged the students to become involved in the great social issues of their time.

You can watch all three segments of the show below:

Chuck Todd – 2012

Chuck Todd of NBC News joined American University students and School of Communication Professor Jane Hall for an American Forum on young people and issues in the 2012 presidential election. The discussion was filmed in the American University School of Communication’s Media Production Center as a pilot for NBC4.

Marty Baron – 2016

Martin Baron–who led the Boston Globe investigation into the Catholic Church child sex-abuse scandal that is the focus of the Oscar-nominated movie “Spotlight”–sat down with American University professor Jane Hall, students, faculty and alumni to discuss the movie and the issues it raises. Hall spoke with Baron about the story behind “Spotlight” and why it is resonating not only with journalists and the general public, but also with abuse survivors.

Baron, known for his career as an editor leading award-winning investigative journalism at major newspapers, has been the executive editor of The Washington Post since 2013. Under his leadership the Post has has won three Pulitzer prizes for investigative journalism.


Trust Me—I’m a Reporter: Restoring Trust in News – 2018