Political reporters, campaign experts talk social media at DePaul

Journalists Mary Ann Ahern, Natasha Korecki among panelists

Journalist Chris Bury will moderate the panel. (Photo courtesy of Chris Bury)
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," said Bury.

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 America headquarters.

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.

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Source:
Chris Bury
cbury1@depaul.edu

Media Contact:
Kristin Claes Mathews

kmathew5@depaul.edu
312-241-9856

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