Ponce hits airwaves to discuss upcoming forum

Phil Ponce

WTTW’s Phil Ponce will appear live on the radio Saturday morning to discuss his upcoming forum, Promises Kept/Promises Broken: The Media’s Midterm Assessment of Barack Obama, at Loyola University Chicago.

Ponce, host of the news affairs program, Chicago Tonight, and a Loyola professor, will appear at 9 a.m. on the WLUW 88.7-FM show, Live from the Heartland.

Each week, Live from the Heartland hosts Michael James, Katy Hogan and Lisa Smith topical issues with guests in a live feed from the Heartland Cafe in Chicago’s Rogers Park.

On Saturday, they will be chatting with Ponce about his Tuesday forum, in which he will examine President Obama’s performance with a panel of media experts: Mary Mitchell, columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times; Paul Green, Director-Institute for Politics, Roosevelt University and political analyst for WGN radio; Alden Loury, publisher of The Chicago Reporter, an investigative bi-monthly focusing on race and poverty issues in metropolitan Chicago; and Dan Miller, a policy advisor at the Heartland Institute, the Chicago-based free market think tank.

Panelists will discuss some of Obama’s accomplishments, including passage of sweeping health care reform and new Wall Street regulations. But they also will take a critical look at Obama’s ongoing efforts to improve the economy, his steps to end the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and his still-unfulfilled promise to reform U.S. immigration policy. Underlying the discussion:  an assessment of how the media have covered the Obama presidency and the extent to which the media have been fair in holding him accountable.  

The forum will be held from 6-7 p.m. Tuesday at Loyola’s Water Tower Campus in Kasbeer Hall, on the 15th Floor of Corboy Law Center, 25 E. Pearson Street. Admission is free and open to the public, and there will be complimentary refreshments. The event is sponsored by the School of Communication and Loyola’s Student Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.  

 A campus map is available at: http://www.luc.edu/values/campus/vt_watertower.html  

For more information, contact John Slania, Loyola’s Journalism Program Director, at 312 915-6524 or jslania@luc.edu

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