Public Roundtable with the Top Editor of The New York Times on Sept. 22 at LSU

Dean BaquetBATON ROUGE – New Orleans native Dean Baquet, the executive editor of The New York Times, will talk about the political and financial pressures on American journalism in a conversation at LSU that is open to the public on Friday, Sept. 22.

The roundtable conversation will be at 5 p.m. in the Grand Salon of the Ogden Honors College’s French House at LSU. Tickets are not necessary.

Three students will question Baquet about a number of topics, including the president’s strained relations with the media, accusations of “fake news,” public trust in the media, the changing economic model of journalism and race in the newsroom. The three interviewers, Sarah Gamard, William Taylor Potter and Kayla Swanson, are students of LSU’s Manship School of Mass Communication. Gamard is also an Ogden Honors College student.

Baquet, the top editor at The Times, worked for major newspapers in four cities and won a Pulitzer Prize for reporting at the Chicago Tribune. At The Times, he was named executive editor in 2014 after serving as managing editor, Washington bureau chief and national editor.

The event is sponsored by the Reilly Center for Media & Public Affairs, an integral part of the Manship School of Mass Communication. The Reilly Center uses the intellectual muscle of the school’s faculty to help solve practical problems and advance good government initiatives. The Reilly Center’s mission is to generate thoughtful programs, dialogue and research about mass communication and its many faceted relationships with social, economic and political issues.

The Roger Hadfield Ogden Honors College is a vibrant, diverse and prestigious community located at the heart of LSU.  The Ogden Honors College provides students with a curriculum of rigorous seminar classes, as well as opportunities for undergraduate research, culminating in the Honors Thesis. Its focus on community service, study abroad, internships and independent research helps today’s high-achieving students become tomorrow’s leaders.




Contact Jenée Slocum
Reilly Center for Media & Public Affairs


Ernie Ballard
LSU Media Relations