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Overby Center Presents “The Battle Between Trump and the Press”

Veteran journalist Peter J. Boyer will be a featured guest in a discussion about the turbulent relationship between President Trump and the news media at the Overby Center for Southern Journalism and Politics at 5:30 p.m. next Wednesday, Oct. 2.

During his long career, Boyer worked for many prominent news organizations including “The New Yorker,” PBS’s Dateline, “Newsweek” and Fox News. This semester he is co-teaching a course on the conflict between Trump and the press with Curtis Wilkie at the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College at Ole Miss. Wilkie, an Overby Fellow who covered national politics for more than 25 years for the “Boston Globe,” will join him in the conversation for the Overby Center’s second program of the fall.

Journalist Peter J. Boyer and Curtis Wilkie, Overby Fellow and associate professor of journalism, will discuss Trump’s relationship with the press next Wednesday, Oct. 2. File photo. 

Boyer is a native of the Mississippi Gulf Coast and attended Ole Miss before obtaining a degree at UCLA. He first won distinction for his reporting on Dateline, where he won an Emmy as well as a George Foster Peabody award.

“Peter has observed presidents and the press from a broad array of platforms,” said Charles Overby, chairman of the center. “He will offer smart insights through his personal experiences.”

Boyer was the author of an article in “Esquire” magazine in March featured on the cover with the title: “The N.Y. Times vs. Trump: Who’s losing America’s Trust Faster?” In the course of handling the assignment, he conducted an interview with Trump. He wrote that Trump was “shattering the norms of presidential politics” and how his style has “baited the elite news media into abandoning the norms of traditional journalism.”

The event will be held in the Overby Center Auditorium on the Ole Miss campus. It is free and open to the public, and a reception will be held following the program. Parking will be available in the lot adjacent to the auditorium.

Press release courtesy of The Overby Center

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