Washington Post Reporter to Speak at UM

March 01, 2017

David FahrentholdMISSOULA – Washington Post reporter David Fahrenthold will speak about “Covering President Trump: The inside story from the reporter Trump called a ‘nasty guy’” on Monday, March 13, at the University of Montana. The event is at 7 p.m. in the University Center Ballroom and is free and open to the public.

Fahrenthold spent a year covering the Trump candidacy during the 2016 presidential campaign. He will talk about his work on the campaign trail and about his investigation into the Trump Foundation. Fahrenthold’s stories showed that Trump’s charitable donations were not what they seemed, and Trump eventually announced he would close down his foundation. 

Fahrenthold began working for the Post in 2000. He covered everything from homicide scenes in the District to the World Championship Muskrat Skinning Contest. He now covers the Trump administration.

This event is sponsored by the UM School of Journalism. Larry Abramson, dean of the school, said Fahrenthold’s work is important and demonstrates the hard work that goes into creating good journalism.

“Fahrenthold shows that simple but hard-charging investigations can lead to unexpected answers,” Abramson said. “His stories speak to our primary obligation as journalists: to ask questions and keep asking until we’ve found the truth. By opening up his notebook to readers, David also helped lend transparency to the journalistic enterprise and showed just how hard we work to get the story right.” 

The School of Journalism launched in 1914 and has trained generations of journalists in print, broadcast, photography and new media. The school regularly ranks among the top 10 journalism schools in the United States.  

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Contact: Larry Abramson, dean, UM School of Journalism, 406-243-4001, larry.abramson@mso.umt.edu.