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Donald Trumpís Testing of America: Pulitzer Prize Winners Leonnig & Rucker at Commonwealth Club 1/30/20
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News Courtesy of Riki Rafner, Commonwealth Club San Francisco Posted by Wright Enterprises Community Spotlight~~

Media Advisory from

The Commonwealth Club

the nationís premier public affairs forum


SPEAKERS:    Carol Leonnig, Investigative Reporter, The Washington Post; Co-author, A Very Stable Genius: Donald J. Trumpís Testing of America; Twitter @CarolLeonnig

Philip Rucker, White House Bureau Chief, The Washington Post; Co-author, A Very Stable Genius: Donald J. Trumpís Testing of America; Twitter @PhilipRucker


TITLE:            Carol Leonnig and Philip Rucker: Donald Trumpís Testing of America


DATE:             January 30, 2020


TIME:              11 a.m. check in, 12 p.m. program


PLACE:           The Commonwealth Club, Taube Family Auditorium, 110 The Embarcadero, San

                        Francisco, CA 94105


PRICE:            $20 Members, $30 Nonmembers, $50 Premium Members (includes book + priority seating), $60 Premium Nonmembers (includes book + priority seating). Prices subject to change.

To buy tickets call (415) 597-6705 or register at www.commonwealthclub.org


CONTACT:     Riki Rafner, Media Relations Director, (415) 597-6712  

                        Media interested in attending should please RSVP to rrafner@commonwealthclub.org    



Pulitzer Prize winning Washington Postís reporters Carol Leonnig and Philip Rucker will tackle the unique case of the Trump presidency. They will argue that ďrather than being an accidental creature of chaos, Trumpís first term is a careful and purposeful pattern of disorder.Ē Leonnig and Rucker will draw on in-depth interviews, first-hand witnesses, and previously never before-seen material. They will explore how Trump has shaken up alliances, reinvented the presidency, and compromised the integrity of American institutions like the FBI. The duo won their Pulitzers for their coverage of National Security Agency spying, Secret Service misconduct, and Donald Trumpís unprecedented 2016 campaign.


Leonnig has primarily focused on the White House and government accountability for The Washington Post since 2000.  She is also a contributor for MSNBC. In 2015, Leonnig won the Pulitzer Prize for her reporting on security failures and misconduct inside the Secret Service. In 2014, she helped The Washington Post earn a Pulitzer Prize revealing the U.S. governmentís secret of broad surveillance of Americans through the disclosures of Edward Snowden. Before joining The Washington Post, she was a staff writer for The Charlotte Observer and The Philadelphia Inquirer. During her time with both newspapers, she covered city halls, legislatures, and Congress. Leonnig is a former Paul Miller Washington Reporting Fellow.  In addition to the Pulitzers, Leonnig is a three-time winner of the George Polk Award. She attended Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania. Leonnig and her husband, John Reeder, currently reside in Washington D.C. with their two daughters.


Philip Rucker is the White House Bureau Chief for The Washington Post. Rucker offers his political analysis for NBC News and MSNBC. He is a current board member for the Yale Daily News Foundation. Rucker has covered Congress, the Obama White House, and the 2012 and 2016 presidential campaigns. Prior to becoming White House Bureau Chief, he was a local news reporter for The Washington Post. In 2018, Rucker received a Pulitzer Prize, the George Polk Award, and the Sigma Delta Chi Award for his extensive coverage of Russian interference. That same year, he received the Gerard R. Ford Journalism Prize for covering the Trump presidency. Rucker graduated from Yale University with a degree in history.

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