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2009: Hodding Carter

American Politics and Policy

W. Hodding Carter
Professor of Public Policy and Leadership, UNC-Chapel Hill
and former US Assistant Secretary of State

W. Hodding Carter III began his career as a reporter with his family’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Delta Democrat-Times in Greenville, Mississippi. He worked on two successful presidential campaigns, those of Lyndon Johnson in 1964 and Jimmy Carter in 1976. In 1977, President Carter appointed him Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs and State Department spokesman. He was frequently in the public eye during the Iran hostage crisis.

The Riley Institute at Furman welcomed W. Hodding Carter to Furman University on October 28, 2009. He delivered an address, "Democracy Challenged: How Big Money in Politics Influences Who Runs for Office, Who Wins, and What They Do Once Elected” on Wednesday, October 28th in Shaw Hall, Melvin and Dollie Younts Conference Center. His address was followed by a panel discussion with Glen Halva-Neubauer, Ph.D. and C. Danielle Vinson, Ph.D., professors of the Department of Political Science at Furman, and moderated by Thomas Kazee, Ph.D., Provost and Executive Vice President at Furman.

About Professor Carter

Beginning in 1980, Carter went on to become an award-winning television commentator and newspaper correspondent on public affairs, working with ABC, NBC, PBS, BBC, The New York Times, and other major news publications and cable networks. More recently he served as president of the Knight Foundation, which makes grants to help transform journalism and communities. He has authored two books, The Reagan Years and The South Strikes Back. Currently, he is University Professor of Public Policy and Leadership at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and serves on the board of Americans for Campaign Reform.

Americans for Campaign Reform is a non-partisan, grassroots organization of citizens whose purpose is to help enact public funding for all federal elections — for the House, the Senate and the Presidency.

Press Coverage

The Voter by the Clemson Area League of Women voters