Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs
Friday, October 23, 2009

Political reporter to speak on Obama administration

TIME's Mark Halperin might be the prototype for a journalist of the future: He pulls together coverage on breaking stories while providing a quick judgment of his own on the Web and on television.

Halperin will offer his view of the Obama administration in a lecture titled "The Obama Report Card So Far: What's Surprising and What's Next." He delivers the Ralph O. and Monona H. Nafziger Lecture Wednesday, November 4, at 4:30 p.m. in the Alumni Lounge of the Pyle Center. Known first for his tipsheet "The Note," Halperin is now driving TIME's "The Page." Billed as "Politics up to the minute," the web site has propelled him to must-read status among political junkies and Washington insiders.

The morning that news broke about President Barack Obama winning the Nobel Peace Prize, Halperin had broken down the five ways that winning helped and hurt Obama and likened it to a questionable Academy Awards victory.

Under the headline "Why Awarding Obama the Peace Prize is Shocking News," Halperin noted what Obama's detractors were likely to say about the prize and concluded, "It isn't quite as inexplicable as Marisa Tomei's Best Supporting Actress Oscar, but it seems pretty close."

Halperin has been editor at large and senior political analyst for TIME since April 2007. Before that, he spent 20 years at ABC News, where he covered five presidential elections, as well as national stories including the O.J. Simpson criminal trial and the Oklahoma City bombing. In his decade as the network's political director, he reported on national developments and planned the network's television, radio and Internet political coverage.

He wrote "The Undecided Voter's Guide to the Next President" in 2007 and was co-author of "The Way to Win: Taking the White House in 2008." He received his bachelor of arts degree from Harvard University.