Public Affairs Journalist in Residence

Every semester, we invite journalists to campus to meet with students and community leaders and headline public events.

The Public Affairs Journalist in Residence program is sponsored by University Communications, the La Follette School of Public Affairs, the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, with support from the Wisconsin Foundation and Alumni Association.

Past journalists

Tamara Keith

NPR White House Correspondent Tamara Keith visited campus in March 2023.

Tamara Keith presents to students in a classroom.

Nate Silver

In October 2022, FiveThirtyEight founder Nate Silver came to UW–Madison.

Nate Silver and Susan Yackee sit on a stage during a question and answer session

Catherine Rampell

Washington Post columnist Catherine Rampell, visited Madison and spoke at the La Follette Forum in May of 2022.

Catharine Rampell speaks at a podium.

David Brooks

In October 2021, New York Times columnist David Brooks came to campus.

David Brooks speaks at a podium

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Past journalists: 2020 – present





Past journalists: 2010-2019



  • Fall: Eric Lipton, The New York Times
  • Spring: Matthew Yglesias, Vox Media


  • Fall: Charlie Sykes, former radio host
  • Fall: Sarah Stillman, The New Yorker
  • Spring: Yamiche Alcindor, New York Times


  • Fall: David Weigel, Washington Post
  • Spring: Jamelle Bouie, chief political correspondent, Slate


  • Fall: Andy Katz, writer and host for ESPN


  • Spring: Robert Leger, opinions editor, Arizona Republic


  • Fall: Riva Froymovich, Economist
  • Spring: Carrie Johnson, National Public Radio justice correspondent


  • Fall: Craig Gilbert, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s Washington, D.C., bureau chief and national political reporter
  • Spring: Juliet Eilperin, Washington Post science and policy reporter


  • Fall: Jeff Gottlieb, senior writer at The Los Angeles Times
  • Spring: Lowell Bergman, producer and correspondent for the PBS documentary series “Frontline” and the Reva and David Logan Distinguished Professor of Investigative Reporting at the University of California, Berkeley, Graduate School of Journalism


  • Fall: Manuel Roig-Franzia, Washington Post features writer
  • Spring: Jeff Zeleny, New York Times

Past journalists: 2001 – 2009

Fall 2009
David T. Barstow, investigative reporter for The New York Times

Spring 2009
Jeanne Cummings, chief lobbying and influence reporter for

Fall 2008
Blake Morrison, deputy enterprise editor at USA TODAY

Spring 2008
Tom Beaumont, chief political correspondent for the Des Moines Register

Fall 2007
Kenneth T. Walsh, the chief White House correspondent for U.S. News & World Report

Spring 2007
Jim VandeHei, executive editor of and former national political writer for the Washington Post

Fall 2006
Walt Bogdanich, investigative reporter and two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, The New York Times

Spring 2006
Alexis Simendinger, White House correspondent for The National Journal

Fall 2005
Ron Elving, Washington editor for National Public Radio

Spring 2005
Lynn Sweet, Washington bureau chief for the Chicago Sun-Times and columnist for The Hill

Fall 2004
Matt Davies, winner of the 2004 Pulitzer Prize in editorial cartooning, Westchester Journal News

Spring 2004
John Diamond, intelligence/national security writer, USA Today

Fall 2003
Ed Fouhy, executive director, Pew Center on the States

Spring 2003
Pete Harkness, editor and publisher, Governing magazine

Fall 2002
Charles Todd, editor-in-chief, The Hotline

Spring 2002
Richard Berke, national political correspondent, New York Times

Fall 2001
Ross Ramsey, editor, Texas Weekly