Obama’s Environmental Policies Topic for Washington Post Reporter Lecture

Friday, February 27 2009

Feb. 27, 2009

MOSCOW, Idaho – Washington Post reporter Juliet Eilperin will assess the environmental policies of President Barack Obama during a talk on Monday, March 9. Her lecture will begin at 7 p.m. at the 1912 Center, 412 E. Third St., in Moscow. The event is free and open to the public.

"Now that Barack Obama has taken office, the United States has embarked on a massive shift in its environmental policies,” Eilperin said recently. “The question remains, however, whether Obama will be able to deliver on the promises he made during the presidential campaign on issues ranging from climate change to renewable energy spending in the next few years.”

Eilperin also will meet with journalism students and faculty at the University of Idaho and speak to the Association for Communications Excellence, a group of professionals who write about science, natural resources and the environment. Her visit is sponsored by the university’s School of Journalism and Mass Media (JAMM) with support from the Idaho Humanities Council.

A native of Washington, D.C., Eilperin graduated in 1992 from Princeton University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in politics with a certificate in Latin American studies. In 1998, she joined the Washington Post as its House of Representatives reporter, covering the impeachment of President Bill Clinton, lobbying, legislation, and five national congressional campaigns.

Since April of 2004, Eilperin has been the Post’s national environmental reporter, covering science, policy and politics in areas including climate change, oceans, and air quality. She covered the 2008 presidential race, traveling with Arizona Sen. John McCain and Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, while maintaining her environmental beat.

In 2005, Rowman & Littlefield published her first book, “Fight Club Politics: How Partisanship is Poisoning the House of Representatives.” Eilperin is currently working on a book on sharks, to be published by Knopf-Pantheon in 2010.

For more information on this and other JAMM programs and events, contact Kenton Bird at kbird@uidaho.edu or (208) 885-4947.

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