Distinguished National Journalists to Discuss Relationship Between the Press and the President at LSU Reilly Center’s 2020 Media Leaders Forum

September 25, 2020

BATON ROUGE — Since President Trump's 2016 election, national media leaders have experienced one of history's most contentious relationships with a United States president. As a precursor to an edited volume featuring more than 20 journalists sharing their interactions, The Reilly Center for Media & Public Affairs at LSU’s Manship School of Mass Communication will host its 2020 Media Leaders Forum, “The Press and the President: An In-Depth Look at the Difficult Relationship Between President Trump and the Media,” on Oct. 1, 2020, at 1:30 p.m. CST.

The event will bring together several of the volume’s essayists for a roundtable discussion moderated by Jerry Ceppos, the Manship School’s William B. Dickinson Distinguished Professor in Journalism and former dean. Panelists will share their experiences covering the Trump administration and their insight on what has contributed to the unprecedented relationship between the press and the president.

Panelists are:

  • Mary Curtis, Columnist, Roll Call
  • Ginger Gibson Burk, Editor, NBC News, LSU Manship School alumna
  • Fin Gomez, White House Producer, CBS News
  • Sarah Isgur, Staff Writer, The Dispatch
  • Mark Leibovich, Chief National Correspondent, The New York Times Magazine

“Having spent many years as a journalist, editor and educator, I recognize the unprecedented relationship between our current president and the media. I wanted to find a way to represent that relationship while also understanding the media’s role in the current administration,” Ceppos said. 

The event is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020, at 1:30 p.m. CST and will take place via Zoom. Admission is free and open to the public, but you must register in advance. Reserve, via Eventbrite, your virtual seat in the conversation by Wednesday, Sept. 30. The event will also be recorded and uploaded to the Reilly Center’s website.

For more information, contact Kelci Sibley at ksibley1@lsu.edu or (225) 578-0416.


The Reilly Center for Media & Public Affairs is partnership-driven, action-oriented and dedicated to exploring contemporary issues at the intersection of mass communication and public life. Its interdisciplinary approach draws together experts from diverse fields to advance research and dialogue. The intent is to inspire our communities to think deeply, take action, develop solutions and broaden knowledge. Underlying the Center’s endeavors is to strengthen and advance the Manship School’s national and state leadership in media and politics.

LSU’s Manship School of Mass Communication ranks among the strongest collegiate communication programs in the country, with its robust emphasis on media and public affairs. It offers undergraduate degrees in public relations, journalism, political communication, digital advertising and pre-law, along with four graduate degree programs: master of mass communication, Ph.D. in media and public affairs, certificate of strategic communication, and dual MMC/law degree.