Jonathan Karl, the ABC News Chief Washington correspondent who has covered the White House under four presidents, has been confirmed for the Daschle Dialogues series at South Dakota State University.
Karl is the co-anchor of “This Week with George Stephanopoulos” and was the chief White House correspondent for ABC News from December 2012 through January 2021. He has covered eight presidential elections and has broad experience covering Congress, foreign policy and the military. He is the author of two The New York Times bestsellers: “Front Row at the Trump Show” and “Betrayal: The Final Act of the Trump Show.”
The event is Sept. 25 at the Oscar Larson Performing Arts Center on the SDSU campus. There will be no cost for the event; it is underwritten by private gifts to the Senator Thomas A. Daschle Congressional Research Study through the SDSU Foundation.
Tickets will be available exclusively online beginning at 9 a.m. Aug. 24 at https://www.sdstate.edu/daschle-dialogues/daschle-dialogue-tickets. Tickets will be limited to two per person.
Karl’s formative years were spent growing up in the Black Hills. He credits his passion for history and journalism to his adolescent years when his family moved to South Dakota. While living in two adjoining motel rooms in Hill City, his mother and stepfather conducted an oral history for the University of South Dakota, interviewing the men who worked to create Mount Rushmore.
Daschle Dialogues is the public series of the Senator Thomas A. Daschle Congressional Research Study. Daschle, a 1969 SDSU graduate, selected SDSU to preserve his official papers and items from his 26-year career in Congress. He was the Senate Democratic Leader from 1995 to 2005, including time as both majority and minority leader. Daschle’s papers have been the basis for research by SDSU faculty, scholars and students.
“I have a great deal of admiration for Jonathan Karl as a professional and look forward to hearing his perspective on today’s political climate and the lessons from history that may provide context for what we face today,” Daschle said.
Chuck Raasch, a veteran national reporter with USA Today, Gannett News Service and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and author of “Imperfect Union: A Father’s Search for his Son in the Aftermath of the Battle of Gettysburg,” will moderate the discussion with Karl and Senator Daschle.
Daschle’s previous guests are former Senate Republican Leader Trent Lott, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, NBC broadcaster and author Tom Brokaw and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Doris Kearns Goodwin.
“The School of American and Global Studies is thrilled to see the return of the Daschle Dialogues. This important lecture series brings nationally relevant figures to SDSU’s campus to thoughtfully discuss pressing issues at the heart of the American experience,” said Christi Garst-Santos, the school's director. “Having such a distinguished alumnus as Senator Daschle ('69, political science) is always an honor, but the unique opportunity he has provided to routinely host prominent politicians, historians and journalists is life-changing for our students.”
Karl won the Walter Cronkite Award for National Individual Achievement and the National Press Foundation's Everett McKinley Dirksen Award, the highest honor for Congressional reporting. He is also one of the few journalists to win the Radio and TV Correspondents' Association's Joan Shorenstein Barone Award for excellence in Washington-based reporting twice, in 2010 and 2015. He won an Emmy® Award for coverage of the 2009 Inauguration of President Barack Obama.
Before joining ABC News in 2003, Karl served as a congressional correspondent for CNN.
For more information about Daschle Dialogues, email Brittany Peterson at the SDSU Foundation.