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2015: Jessica Taylor


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Politics and Media

Jessica Taylor    
NPR Political Reporter
7 p.m., November 5, 2015
Hartness Pavilion, Furman University

The 2016 Presidential Race: The Role of the Media
How Does the Media Affect Our Perceptions of the Candidates?

Elections are a vital aspect of every United States’ citizen’s life, especially a presidential election. With the presidential race for 2016 in full swing, the media plays a crucial role in setting the agenda, as well as providing information about presidential candidates.

NPR’s Jessica Taylor spoke about her experiences as a reporter during the current presidential race as well as covering previous elections. She and Furman professor of political science, Dr. Danielle Vinson, discussed the question of “How does the media shape our perceptions of the candidates?” Audience Q & A followed.

The Riley Institute Advance Team is proud to host this event that gives students more insight on the important role that the media plays in shaping the discussion and platform of policy issues amongst candidates and the actions of candidates themselves. For more information on the Riley Institute Advance Team, click here.

About Jessica Taylor

A graduate of Furman University, Jessica Taylor is the lead digital political reporter for NPR. Based in Washington, D.C., she covers the 2016 elections and national politics for NPR digital.

Before joining NPR in May 2015, Taylor was the campaign editor for The Hill newspaper where she oversaw the newspaper's 2014 midterm coverage, managed a team of political reporters and wrote her own biweekly column.

Prior to The Hill, Taylor was a writer and producer for MSNBC's "The Daily Rundown with Chuck Todd" and a contributor to the NBC News Political Unit. She covered and reported on the 2012 election as a senior analyst for The Rothenberg Gonzales Political Report. Her quotes have appeared in The New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today, as well as several state and regional newspapers across the country. Taylor has also appeared on MSNBC, Fox News, C-SPAN, CNN and other local network affiliates.

On Election Night 2012, Jessica served as an off-air analyst for CBS News in New York, advising producers and reporters on House and Senate races.

Previously, Jessica was editor of National Journal's "House Race Hotline" and Assistant Editor for POLITICO during the 2010 midterms. She began her career in Washington as the research director for The Almanac of American Politics.