Governing in Crisis: Yes, The Truth Still Matters.


September 16, 2020

David Schribman, Executive Editor Emeritus of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

As we move through a highly contentious campaign season, David Shribman examines democracy’s need for truthfulness from elected officials and accuracy from the media. Drawing upon his decades of work as a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, as well as his extensive experience as an editor, Mr. Shribman reflects on the responsible practices that promote integrity in journalism. As one who has covered both Presidents and presidential campaigns, he also discusses the historical relationship between the press and the President and draws distinctions between various forms of “untruth” that have come from Presidents over time.

Mr. Schribman began his career at the Buffalo Evening News and held a range of increasingly important positions at the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Star and Boston Globe.  He was assistant managing editor, columnist and Washington Bureau Chief for the Boston Globe when he was awarded the 1995 Pulitzer Prize for his analytical reporting on Washington developments and the national scene. He served as Executive Editor of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette for sixteen years and led its coverage of the attack at the Tree of Life synagogue, for which the newspaper was awarded the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for breaking news reporting. During the 2019-2020 academic year, he served as the J.W. McConnell Professor of Practice at the Max Bell School of Public Policy of McGill University in Montreal.  He is a syndicated columnist and also serves as a Scholar-in-Residence at Carnegie Mellon University.


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