CHICAGO — Some of Chicago’s top
political reporters and campaign experts will gather at DePaul University to
discuss how social media is revolutionizing politics and political journalism.
Chris Bury, senior journalist in
residence at DePaul’s College of Communication, will moderate the panel April
12 from 6-7:30 p.m. at 14 E. Jackson Blvd. in the lower auditorium. A reception
will be held before the event at 5:15 p.m.
"In an era when presidential
candidates routinely make big news on Twitter, social media is rapidly changing
the way campaigns communicate and political journalists do their jobs,"
About the panelists
Mary Ann Ahern joined the NBC5
Chicago news team in March 1989 and has been a political reporter there since
2006. Ahern has covered political campaigns for United States president,
Chicago mayor, Illinois governor and many others. She traveled through primary
states for the 2008 and 2012 presidential elections with NBC5 on the campaign
trail. In 1988, she also covered the presidential race while she was a
political reporter for WXIA-TV, the Gannett-owned station in Atlanta, Georgia.
Tom Bevan is co-founder and publisher of RealClearPolitics, a
political news website that curates coverage and offers original reporting. In
addition to overseeing the editorial staff and writing regular features, Bevan is
featured frequently as a political analyst on Fox News, CNN, MSNBC and the BBC.
Natasha Korecki is the
senior reporter for Politico Illinois. Her prior work includes 12 years of
political coverage at the Chicago Sun-Times where she also spent time as a
courts reporter. Korecki joined the Sun-Times in 2003 after seven years as
legal affairs writer with the Daily Herald.
Christina Lewis is a
digital associate at 270 Strategies, a consulting firm that specializes in
grassroots organizing. She joined the team after working in media strategy at
ID Media, an Interpublic Group agency, where she crafted and executed media
plans for Fortune 500 tech, retail and telecom companies. In 2012, Lewis served
as a media tracking manager for the Democratic National Committee at Obama for
Brian Marchese is a political
consultant who currently works as the North Carolina state director for the
Republican National Committee. Marchese has worked as the Illinois Deputy State Director and as the public affairs manager
in the Illinois Comptroller's Office.
About the moderator
Chris Bury is a Peabody and Emmy-award
winning reporter and anchor who covered news around the world for 30 years at
ABC News, where he rose to national correspondent. For much of his career, Bury
was based in Washington, D.C. for the Nightline program, where he served as
principal substitute anchor for Ted Koppel. He continues to work in journalism
and hosts a weekly public affairs program on WYCC-TV (PBS) in Chicago. In 2015,
he reported magazine-length segments on PBS NewsHour including stories on
Chicago mayor's race, gun violence, Puerto Rico's debt crisis and the Caribbean
drought. He teaches journalism in DePaul’s College of Communication.
Kristin Claes Mathews