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2020 Guest Panelists

January 17, 2020




Alexander Heffner is host of The Open Mind on PBS. He has covered American politics, civic life and Millennials since the 2008 presidential campaign. His work has been profiled in Mediaite, Raw Story, The Washington Post, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Christian Science Monitor, Variety, Medium, and on NBC News, MSNBC, C-SPAN, NPR, CNN, ABC and the BBC, among other media outlets.


His writing has appeared in USA TODAY, WIRED, TIME, Daily Beast, Cognoscenti, RealClearPolitics, The Des Moines Register, New York Daily News, NYT's Room for Debate, Boston Globe and Philadelphia Inquirer, among other publications.


He is coauthor of the best-selling A Documentary History of the United States (Penguin, 2018), and recipient of the University of Denver’s Anvil of Freedom Award, Franklin Pierce University’s Fitzwater Medallion for Leadership in Public Communication and Yale University’s Poynter Fellowship in Journalism.


He has lectured at the Newseum, National Constitution Center, Museum of American Finance, FDR Library and Museum, Initiative for Truth at University of Sydney, Center for Information and Bubble Studies at University of Copenhagen, Department of Writing and Rhetoric at University of Mississippi, Civil Discourse Lab at the University of New Hampshire, Institute on Constitutional Democracy at University of Missouri, Center for Constitutional Democracy at Marshall University, Catt Center for Women and Politics at Iowa State, Clarke Forum at Dickinson College, Calhoun Honors College at Clemson University, Alpha Seminar at Carroll College, among other institutions of learning.


A native New Yorker, he is a graduate of Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts and Harvard. 


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Alexander Heffner

January 10, 2020




A.B. Stoddard is an associate editor and columnist at RealClearPolitcs, a political news and polling data aggregator organization. She began her career as a reporter in northern Virginia at the Potomac News. Her next assignment brought Ms. Stoddard to Capitol Hill where she covered U.S. Congress for States News Service, The Hill newspaper and served as Senate Producer for ABC News. Additionally, Stoddard worked as a producer for World News Tonight. After ABC, she returned to The Hill Newspaper as a commentator and columnist. Stoddard appears regularly on FOX's "Special Report with Bret Baier" as well as other shows including FOX Business Network and CNN.

Among her noteworthy awards, Ms. Stoddard won first place in the "Weekly Newspaper – Editorial, Columns, Commentary" category of the Dateline Awards from the Society of Professional Journalists’ Washington, D.C., chapter in 2009. She was awarded first place in the "Weekly Newspaper – Editorial" category in 2011 and was a finalist in the 2012 awards in the "Weekly Newspaper – Editorial, Columns, Commentary" category.

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A. B. Stoddard

December 27, 2019 & January 3, 2020




Saagar Enjeti is a White House correspondent, journalist, author and researcher who lives and works in Washington D.C. Enjeti is also a noted journalist, whose work has been published in numerous publications including CNN, The Washington Post, Military Times, The Financial Times and The New York Times. He is also a guest on Fox News and several other networks on TV.

Saagar graduated from the American School of Doha in 2010. He attended George Washington University and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics and Political Science in 2014. In 2015, Enjeti received a certificate from the IDC Herzliya Private University, for studies in Counterterrorism. He chose to further his studies at Georgetown University and graduated in 2018 with a Master’s Degree in Security Studies with a focus on the US’s National Security Policy.

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