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Journalist Ben Bradlee Jr. to Speak at Cal Poly

The Cal Poly journalism and political science departments will host journalist and author Ben Bradlee Jr. for a talk on campus April 15.

Bradlee will explore who voted for Donald Trump and why, the president’s performance in office – especially his attacks on the press as “the enemy of the American people” – and the prospects for the 2020 election.

The talk is free and open to the public. It will take place at 7 p.m. in the Baker Center (Bldg. 180), Room 101.

Bradlee’s new book is “The Forgotten: How the People of One Pennsylvania County Elected Donald Trump and Changed America.” The book is an in-depth, closely reported examination of Trump voters in Pennsylvania's Luzerne County, a swing county in the Northeast part of the state, which played a pivotal role in Trump's election.

A question-and-answer period will follow the talk, and books will be available for sale and signing.

Bradlee is the former managing editor of The Boston Globe, whose investigations of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church were chronicled in the film, "Spotlight," a major feature film released in the fall of 2015 that won two Academy Awards, for best original screenplay and best picture. Bradlee was portrayed in the film by actor John Slattery.

Bradlee spent 25 years, from 1979 to 2004, with The Globe - 10 years as a reporter and 15 as an editor. He covered the 1988 presidential campaign of Michael Dukakis and also reported overseas from Afghanistan, South Africa, the Middle East, Latin America and Vietnam.

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