Political reporter to speak on election, disruption of American politics


Molly Ball, national political reporter for The Atlantic and an alumna of the Knight-Wallace Fellowships for Journalists, will deliver the 31st Graham Hovey Lecture at 5 p.m. Sept. 12 in the Wallace House Gardens.

Molly Ball

The lecture, “Election 2016: The Great Disruption of American Politics,” will address the upheaval of the U.S. political establishment and examine whether this is a fleeting or enduring phenomenon.

 A prominent voice from the campaign trail, Ball appears regularly as an analyst on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” CBS’ “Face the Nation,” PBS’ “Washington Week,” CNN, MSNBC, Fox News and NPR.

She is the recipient of the Toner Prize for Excellence in Political Reporting, the Sandy Hume Memorial Award for Excellence in Political Journalism and the Lee Walczak Award for Political Analysis for her coverage of political campaigns.

Ball previously was a staff reporter for POLITICO, the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the Las Vegas Sun and The Cambodia Daily. She began her journalism career working for newspapers in Ohio and Pennsylvania, as well as The New York Times and The Washington Post.

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She earned a Bachelor of Arts in English language and literature from Yale University. As a Knight-Wallace Fellow at Michigan in 2009-10, she studied economic policy, government spending and taxation in Nevada, and the effects of rapid population growth.

The annual lecture honors Knight-Wallace alumni whose subsequent careers exemplify the benefits of sabbatical studies at U-M. It is named for the late Graham Hovey, director of the fellowship program from 1980-86 and a distinguished journalist for The New York Times.

The Hovey Lecture is free and open to the public. It is hosted by Lynette Clemetson, The Charles R. Eisendrath Director of Wallace House, with special remarks from President Mark Schlissel. A reception follows the lecture.


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