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Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman star as the legendary reporters who exposed the cover-up of the "third-rate burglary" at Washington's Watergate apartments. A panel discussion follows the film.
Fake News: Journalism Goes to Hollywood is a film and discussion series hosted by Devin O’Leary, chief film critic at the Weekly Alibi. Following screening of the feature film, O’Leary and a guest reporter or scholar will explore how journalism is represented through cinema. The series examines the role of the press in democratic societies and invites the audience to engage in conversation with the guests about the future of journalism.
"All the President's Men," is director Alan Pakula's thriller starring Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman as legendary reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein who doggedly exposed the attempted cover up of the "third-rate burglary" at Washington's Watergate apartments that turned into a national crisis and led to the resignation of President Richard M. Nixon. On everybody's top 10 lists of movies about journalism.
ABOUT THE PANELISTS
JAMES MCGRAFF MORRIS is an author of biographies and narrative nonfiction. He is currently writing a biography of writer Tony Hillerman. Morris has written extensively for newspapers and magazines, as well as some academic journals. Prior to becoming a full-time writer, Morris spent a decade as a journalist, a decade working in the book and magazine business, and a decade as a high school teacher. He is the former president of Biographers International Organization, of which he was among the original founders.
MELISSA SEGURA, Emerson Fellow, is an investigative reporter with BuzzFeed News. Her reporting focuses on the intersection of justice, class and race. As a fellow, Segura will write a book detailing the major fault lines within the criminal justice system from arrest to conviction to appeal. The book builds upon her 2017 landmark investigation detailing how a group of predominantly working class, Latina women from Chicago uncovered evidence suggesting a police detective framed at least 51 of their sons, brothers, or husbands. Her series, “Broken Justice in Chicago,” has led to the exoneration of nine men who had each spent decades behind bars. In 2018, the series earned her the George Polk Award in Journalism for local reporting and recognition as a finalist for Harvard's Goldsmith Award.
JEFF PROCTOR is an investigative reporter for New Mexico In Depth. Previously he was an investigative reporter/producer for KRQE-TV, the CBS affiliate in Albuquerque, and prior to that he was the justice system reporter for the Albuquerque Journal. Jeff’s work has received numerous local, state and regional awards. In 2013, he was a finalist for the American Bar Association’s Silver Gavel Award for his reporting on systemic civil rights abuses by the Albuquerque Police Department. And in 2012, Jeff received the William S. Dixon First Amendment Freedom Award from the New Mexico Foundation for Open Government for advancing transparency in the state.
This FREE program is part of the Journalism, Democracy and the Informed Citizen series made possible by the “Democracy and the Informed Citizen” initiative, administered by the Federation of State Humanities Councils. The initiative seeks to deepen the public’s knowledge and appreciation of the vital connections between democracy, the humanities, journalism, and an informed citizenry.