Devroy Memorial Forum to feature Washington Post White House reporter Ashley Parker

| Emily Wermund

Editor's note: Ashley Parker, UW-Eau Claire's Devroy Memorial Forum speaker on April 19, was part of a Washington Post reporting team whose work received a Pulitzer Prize on April 16. Read more about The Post's Pulitzer honors.

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Ashley Parker, a Washington Post White House reporter who covers Donald Trump and his administration, will present “Covering Washington in the Age of Trump” during the 2018 Ann Devroy Memorial Forum at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

The forum will begin at 7 p.m. April 19 in UW-Eau Claire's Schofield Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.

Parker, a political analyst for MSNBC and NBC News, appears regularly on PBS’s “The News Hour” and “Washington Week.” She also will share insights about being a female reporter in today’s political environment.

Parker previously worked at The New York Times for more than a decade, where she covered politics, including Mitt Romney’s 2012 campaign, Congress, and Jeb Bush and Donald Trump’s 2016 campaigns — among other topics. She wrote frequently for the style section, and her work also appeared in The New York Times Sunday magazine.

Parker has been covering Washington-based politics since 2011 and covers many Republican Party candidates, elected officials and topics. She began her career as Maureen Dowd’s research assistant after graduating from the University of Pennsylvania with degrees in English and communications. 

Prior to her presentation, Parker will spend the day in UW-Eau Claire classrooms talking with journalism students. She also will  meet with members of the media before her Schofield Auditorium presentation.

About the Ann Devroy Memorial Forum

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 of 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 Memorial Fellowship 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 Memorial Fellowship is announced. The fellowship, awarded to an outstanding UW-Eau Claire journalism student, includes a scholarship and a three-week fellowship at The Washington Post, and eligibility to apply for a paid summer internship at a Wisconsin daily newspaper.

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

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 Photo caption: Ashley Parker, a Washington Post White House reporter who covers Donald Trump and his administration, will present "Covering Washington in the Age of Trump” during the 2018 Ann Devroy Memorial Forum.