White House correspondent to speak at Goshen College

White House correspondent to speak at Goshen College

On Nov. 25, Katie Rogers, an Elkhart native and current White House correspondent for The New York Times, is coming to campus to present a Yoder Public Affairs Lecture titled “Covering the White House in an Age of Misinformation, Mistruths and Mistrust.”

Rogers began working for the New York Times in 2014 as a breaking news reporter.

As a White House correspondent, she has been covering the Trump Administration since the inauguration in 2017.

She has written several groundbreaking pieces, uncovered sexual harassment in Congress and written an exclusive story about a congressman who used federal funds to settle a harassment suit, leading to his resignation.

She has covered breaking news and has written hundreds of features and profiles of important political figures in the current administration.

Rogers graduated from Loyola University Chicago with a bachelor’s degree in journalism in 2007 before receiving her master’s degree from Northwestern University.

She interned at The Elkhart Truth while in college and then moved on to be an education and multimedia reporter for a little over a year and a half.

Before working at The New York Times, she worked for the Chicago Tribune, the Washington Post and The Guardian.

Duane Stoltzfus, chair of the communication department and faculty advisor for The Record, described how the Yoder Public Affairs Lecture Committee, on which he is a member, was able to bring Rogers to campus.

“We hoped she might return (to Elkhart) to speak at Goshen College sooner rather than later, and Marshall King, who teaches in the communication department and who had worked with Katie at The (Elkhart) Truth, was helpful in making the initial contact.”

Stoltzfus thinks that Rogers coming to campus is an incredible opportunity for all students, not just those studying communication or journalism.

“Katie Rogers is about as close to the center of action as one can get during this historic moment in Washington. Journalists find themselves pressed to carry out their work with the highest of stakes, even as they stand accused by the president of being part of a ‘fake news’ conspiracy.”

Rogers’ lecture will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Umble Center, and is open and free to the public (students will also receive convocation credit).

There will be time for questions after her talk.

Stoltzfus encourages students to “arrive at Umble Center early to get good seats and consider what questions they would like to ask.”

The Yoder Public Affairs Lecture Series is an endowed lecture series, started in 1978 by Frank and Betty Jo Yoder, with the goal of bringing well-known speakers to talk about current events for Goshen College students, faculty, as well as community members.

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Written by Greta Klassen, News Editor

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