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Award-winning politics editor is 2016 Devroy speaker

| Judy Berthiaume

An award-winning journalist and author who now serves as the Washington politics editor at The Washington Post will present "Responsible Reporting in a Social Media Age" at the 2016 Ann Devroy Memorial Forum at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

The forum will begin at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 21, in Schofield Auditorium at UW-Eau Claire. The event is free and open to the public.

In his position at The Washington Post, Terence Samuel directs coverage of the White House, Congress and the 2016 congressional elections.

Prior to his evening presentation on April 21, Samuel will spend the day in UW-Eau Claire classrooms talking with journalism students. He also will meet with members of the media before his Schofield presentation.

Ann Devroy, who graduated from UW-Eau Claire in 1970 with a degree in journalism, often is described as one of the best journalists to ever cover the White House.

After she died from cancer in 1997 at the age of 49, her family and colleagues at the Washington Post wanted to honor her memory. Since she often served as a mentor to other journalists, those who knew her best decided the best way to do that was to give young journalists a chance to follow in her footsteps.

In 1998, they established the Ann Devroy Memorial Forum and Ann Devroy Fellows program at UW-Eau Claire, where the Green Bay native got her start.

Every spring, a prominent national journalist comes to UW-Eau Claire to interact with journalism students and to speak at the Devroy Forum.

During the forum, the winner of the Ann Devroy Fellowship is introduced. The fellowship, awarded to an outstanding UW-Eau Claire journalism student, includes an unpaid three-week fellowship at The Washington Post and a paid summer internship at a Wisconsin daily newspaper.

This year’s speaker is the author of "The Upper House: A Journey Behind the Closed Doors of the U.S. Senate" (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010), and was among the writers anthologized in "Best American Political Writing 2009."

In his review of “The Upper House” for the Washington Post, former Nebraska Sen. Bob Kerrey said, “I think ‘The Upper House’ will help Americans understand how the Senate works — and why it often doesn't. The book's portraits of senators at work should spread the word that they are just people like all the rest of us. But the book's greatest value may be in giving guidance to those who aspire to serve in what is still the world's greatest deliberative body.”

Samuel spent more than two decades writing about some of the most contested political campaigns and contentious political issues in American life, including the 2000 presidential recount, the 50-50 Senate of the 107th Congress (2001-03) and the politics of the Iraq War.

Before joining The Washington Post he worked as a national correspondent with The Philadelphia Inquirer and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and chief congressional correspondent at U.S. News & World Report.

A graduate of the City College of New York, he was a research fellow at the Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard University and a media fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University.

Read more about the Ann Devroy Memorial Forum and past Devroy Fellows here.

Photo caption: Terence Samuel