In partnership with the Washington and Lee University’s Department of Journalism, the Williams School of Commerce, Economics, and Politics will host West Wing Reports Paul Brandus as its fall 2014 Executive-in-Residence.
Brandus will deliver a keynote address, “News, Business and Politics: How they’re changing, changing each other and changing us,” on Tuesday, Nov. 18, at 7 p.m. in Stackhouse Theater, Elrod Commons. Brandus will be a guest lecturer at several W&L classes.
Brandus is an independent member of the White House Press Corps and founded West Wing Reports in 2009. The Knight Foundation’s Digital Media Center calls him “one of the most influential journalists in the White House press corps” and The Atlantic says Brandus is “one of the top Washington insiders you should follow on Twitter.” In 2011, he received the Shorty Award for “Best Journalist on Twitter.”
“We’re excited about bringing Paul Brandus to campus because he marries politics, business and journalism,” said Larry Peppers, the Williams School’s Crawford Family Dean.
West Wing Reports (@westwingreport) is followed on Twitter by more than 200,000 people and delivers national news bytes throughout the day—all in 140 characters or less. In addition, Brandus provides reports on the president’s domestic and foreign policy agenda to television and radio outlets around the United States and overseas, and is a columnist for MarketWatch, The Guardian, and The Week.
An entrepreneur who got his start as a U.S. Senate staffer, Brandus has developed expertise reporting on politics, business and finance. He has worked for NBC News, the Fox News Channel and The American Funds, one of the biggest fund families in the U.S.
Brandus is the author of a forthcoming book, “Under This Roof: A History of the Presidency in 21 White House Rooms,” which is due out in the fall of 2015.