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Date: 10-06-2021

Time: 07:30 PM


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Jim Acosta

"The Enemy of the People: A Dangerous Time to Tell the Truth"

Presented in affiliation with the Communication and Media Studies Institute

Jim Acosta is currently CNN’s anchor for weekend programming and the network's chief domestic correspondent, based in Washington, D.C. Previously, Acosta served as CNN's chief White House correspondent, where he covered the Trump administration and the Obama administration from the White House and around the world. He regularly covers presidential press conferences, visits by heads of states, and issues impacting the Executive Branch of the federal government. Acosta also reported from the 2016 campaign trail, following Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.

As the most visible reporter to regularly spar with the president, CNN White House correspondent Jim Acosta is a disputed icon. NPR reports: “President Trump has called Acosta a "rude, terrible person" and "fake news." To many on the right, he represents deep media bias; to some on the left, he represents media pushback against Trump's frequent lies. In his daily life, he is subject to near-constant abuse, insults, and threats — along with some praise and a lot of selfie requests.”

More telling, perhaps, than either the praise or the insults is a friendly interaction Acosta recounts in his new book, The Enemy of the People: A Dangerous Time to Tell the Truth in America.

In 2019, he was honored with the annual "Truth to Power" award from the New York Press Club, which is given to individuals "whose body of work challenges the power establishment and/or defends journalists."

Acosta graduated cum laude from James Madison University with a bachelor's degree in mass communications and a minor in political science.

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