Wednesday, June 11, 2008

PBS’ “Washington Week with Gwen Ifill and National Journal” comes to Georgia State

Focusing on presidential campaign politics and vital issues such as health care, the war in Iraq and the economy, “Washington Week with Gwen Ifill and National Journal,” will broadcast before a live audience at 3:30 p.m. June 20 at Georgia State University’s Rialto Center for the Arts, 80 Forsyth St.

PBS' “Washington Week,” the longest running news and public affairs program on public television, features leading political journalists participating in roundtable discussions of major news events. As it celebrates its 40th anniversary, the live broadcast is coming to Atlanta as part of a 10-city, AARP-sponsored road show tour during the 2008 campaign season.

Gwen Ifill is one of the country’s most esteemed journalists. In addition to her role at the helm of Washington Week, Ifill is also a senior correspondent for The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer. In her 25 years in journalism, she has also worked for NBC News, The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Baltimore Sun, covering such beats as the Congress and the White House.

A special “Washington Week Extra: Atlanta Edition,” with Gwen Ifill and her panel of journalists answering questions, also will be taped at Georgia State and aired on Georgia Public Television at 8 p.m. June 20. A webcast of both programs will be streamed on

The panelists on the programs will include: Jeanne Cummings of POLITICO and formerly of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution; John Harwood of CNBC and The New York Times; Doyle McManus of the Los Angeles Times and Charles Babington of the Associated Press.

Free tickets are available at the Rialto box office. There is a four ticket per order limit.

For more information, visit or call 404-413-9849.

Note: Doors open at 2:30 p.m. for seating. If not seated by 3:15 p.m., admission is not guaranteed. Photo/Video recording by patrons is not allowed. By attending this taping, you consent to have your image recorded and used for broadcast.

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