Published: Oct. 30, 2018

Journalist Cokie Roberts to speak at Blanchard Forum

Contact(s): Rebecca Jensen Social Science office: (517) 884-0297

Renowned author, journalist and commentator Cokie Roberts will be the featured speaker at the Gov. Jim Blanchard Public Service Forum at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 27 at Pasant Theater in Wharton Center.  

During the live question and answer conversation with former Michigan Gov. Jim Blanchard, Roberts will give an analysis of the November 2018 election.

Roberts is a political commentator for ABC News and NPR. In her more than 40 years in broadcasting, she has won countless awards, including three Emmys. She has been inducted into the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame and was cited by the American Women in Radio and Television as one of the 50 greatest women in the history of broadcasting. In addition to her reporting, Roberts has written six New York Times bestsellers, most dealing with the roles of women in U.S. history.

The Gov. Jim Blanchard Public Service Forum is administered by the Department of Political Science. 

“The forum honors those who have distinguished themselves in politics, diplomacy, public service and journalism,” Blanchard said. “The goal is to give students and the larger community a chance to meet them and be energized by them. We are excited to be able to have Cokie Roberts on campus to do this.”

“In a very short time, with leadership from former Gov. Jim Blanchard, this forum has become an important regular event-series for our department as well as students and members of the university community,” said Charles Ostrom, chairperson of the Department of Political Science. 

General admission tickets are $25 and can be purchased online through the Wharton center here.

For sponsorships, which include special recognition, tickets, a private reception and a small dinner, please contact Alex Tripp, development officer, College of Social Science, at (517) 432-1801 or

Journalist Cokie Roberts will speak at the Gov. Jim Blanchard Public Service Forum on Nov. 27 at Pasant Theater. Photo courtesy of Flickr.