Political Columnist David Broder To Speak At Willamette University

David BroderDavid Broder, a Pulitzer Prize-winning syndicated columnist and reporter for The Washington Post, will speak at Willamette University on Wednesday, April 4 at 11:30 a.m. and at 7 p.m. Both events are free and open to the public.

Broder's first lecture on April 4, "A New Century, A New Politics?," will be at Willamette's weekly convocation from 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. in the Cone Chapel, Waller Hall, 2nd floor.

At the 7 p.m. program, Broder will speak as part of a panel on "The Future of the Initiative" in the Hatfield Room in the Mark O. Hatfield Library.

Other members of the panel include:

  • Phil Keisling, former Oregon Secretary of State
  • Helen Hill, author of Measure 58, the 1998 Adoption Rights Initiative
  • Todd Donovan, politics professor from Western Washington University
  • Hans Linde, professor from the Willamette University College of Law

Richard Ellis, Willamette University politics professor, will moderate the panel.

Broder is a regular commentator on CNN's "Inside Politics" and appears regularly on NBC's "Meet the Press" and "Washington Week in Review." According to Washingtonian magazine survey, members of Congress and editorial-page editors rated Broder as "Washington's most highly regarded columnist." In 1997, Broder was named among the 25 most influential Washington journalists by National Journal and among the capital city's top 50 journalists by the Washingtonian magazine, a list he has appeared on since 1973. Broder is also author or co-author of six books, including Democracy Derailed: Initiative Campaigns and the Power of Money, his latest book.

A digital photo of Broder is available on request. For more information on the panel, contact Richard Ellis at 503-370-6081 or