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Alumni-Faculty Forum: The News About the News: The State of Journalism

May 20 @ 10:30 am - 11:45 am

News AFF

McCosh Hall, Room 50

Sponsored by the Alumni Association of Princeton University


Gadi Dechter
Vice President for Communications and Government Affairs


Andrew P. Napolitano ’72
Judicial Analyst

Kathy Kiely ’77
Lee Hills Chair in Free Press Studies, Missouri School of Journalism

Catherine Rampell ’07
Opinion Columnist, Washington Post


GDGadi Dechter
Vice President for Communications and Government Affairs

Gadi Dechter became Vice President for Communications and Government Affairs on Jan. 10, 2022. He provides strategic communications and federal relations advice to the President and other senior University leaders, communicating about and advocating for the priorities of Princeton and higher education more broadly. He oversees the offices of communications and government affairs (located in Washington, D.C.).

Prior to joining Princeton, he was head of public affairs at the Washington, D.C., headquarters of APCO Worldwide, a communications consultancy. Before that he served in the White House as senior adviser to the White House National Economic Council and National Security Council under President Barack Obama. He has also served as deputy director of policy and strategic planning at the U.S. Department of Commerce, as managing director of economic policy at the Center for American Progress, and as a reporter at Bloomberg News and the Baltimore Sun.

Dechter received a B.A. in literature from Yale University and a master’s degree in The Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University. He has held lecturer appointments at George Washington University, Johns Hopkins University and the Maryland Institute College of Art.


ANAndrew Napolitano ’72
Judicial Analyst

Judge Andrew Napolitano, a graduate of the University of Notre Dame Law School, is a nationally recognized radio and television commentator and syndicated columnist whose written works appear on dozens of websites and in numerous publications. He was the senior judicial analyst at Fox News from 1997 to 2021, where he logged 14,500 on-air appearances, and he served as a New Jersey Superior Court judge from 1987 to 1995, where he enjoyed life tenure, tried 150 jury trials — both criminal and civil — and issued thousands of rulings and sentences. For 17 years, he was a visiting professor of law at Delaware, Seton Hall, and Brooklyn law schools, where he taught constitutional law and legal philosophy. Napolitano has written nine books on the U.S. Constitution, two of which were New York Times bestsellers. He is nationally known for watching the government as it interferes with economic freedoms and personal liberties. He resides on his farm in northwest New Jersey.

KKKathy Kiely ’77
Lee Hills Chair in Free Press Studies, Missouri School of Journalism

Kathy Kiely holds an endowed chair at the Missouri School of Journalism. She launched her four-decade career as a reporter and editor at The Daily Princetonian, where she later served as a graduate trustee. Working for a wide range of regional and national news outlets, she covered 10 presidential campaigns and has reported from Asia, South America, the Middle East and Europe. She was a Knight Fellow at Stanford University, served as a Ferris Professor at Princeton and currently is a member of Princeton’s board of trustees.


Catherine Rampell ’07
Opinion Columnist, Washington Post

Catherine Rampell writes a twice-weekly syndicated opinion column for The Washington Post, where she frequently covers economics, politics, public policy and immigration, with a special emphasis on data-driven journalism. She is also a politics and economics commentator for CNN and a special correspondent for the “PBS NewsHour.” She previously worked for The New York Times as an economics reporter and editor and a columnist for the Sunday Magazine’s “It’s the Economy” column. She also wrote theater reviews for The Times. She is a regular guest on Marketplace and has appeared on many other radio and TV shows. Rampell received the 2021 Online Journalism Award for Commentary, the 2010 Weidenbaum Center Award for Evidence-Based Journalism, and is a six-time Gerald Loeb Award finalist. She grew up in Florida and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Princeton.




May 20
10:30 am - 11:45 am
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