Eleanor Clift

"The Road Ahead: Is There a Mandate for Change?"

Garrison Theater, Scripps College Performing Arts Center
Office of Public Events, (909) 607-9372

Political reporter, television pundit, and author

Eleanor CliftPolitical reporter, television pundit, and author Eleanor Clift comes to Scripps College this fall to speak on “The Road Ahead: Is There a Mandate for Change?” This talk, made possible by the generosity of the Alexa Hampton Fullerton Endowed Speakers Program, is free and open to the public.

Clift is a contributor to Newsweek magazine and the Daily Beast website and is a regular panelist on the syndicated talk show, “The McLaughlin Group.” She specializes in politics and policy in Washington DC, and the partisan clashes that are the result of divided government. Clift has covered every presidential campaign since 1976 and brings her perspective to analyze the recent contest between a beleaguered incumbent and an opposition party torn between traditional economic conservatives and the upstart Tea Party.

Clift has been part of Newsweek‘s special project team following the 1984, 2000, 2004 and 2008 elections, each of which resulted in a book. The most recent, A Long Time Coming, written by Evan Thomas and based on the Newsweek team’s reporting, chronicles the history-making campaign of Barack Obama.

In addition to her extensive work in journalism, Clift has authored five books, including Madam President: Shattering the Last Glass Ceiling (co-authored with her late husband, Tom Brazaitis), which forecasts the prospects for a woman on the national ticket, Founding Sisters, about the passage of the 19th amendment giving women the vote, and Selecting a President (co-authored with Matthew Spieler), which examines the election process from its origins to the modern day.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Priority seating in Garrison Theater will be given to members of the Scripps community with their Scripps ID. All other seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, please contact the Office of Public Events at (909) 607-9372.