Keynote: Manu Raju
Lakeside Chautauqua welcomes CNN Chief Congressional Correspondent Manu Raju for a keynote lecture, “In Real Time: Behind the Scenes of Today’s Breaking News in Washington,” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 29 in Hoover Auditorium.
Few of those covering Washington have a closer viewpoint into the up-to-the-minute maneuverings of those shaping the national debate than CNN’s Raju.
From the perspective of a reporter who is on the scene every day to report on developments with consequences that extend far outside the Beltway, Raju offers audiences a candid and sober insight into how the collision of personality and politics in D.C. can impact the lives of millions.
With first-hand stories that will illuminate and entertain, audiences will better understand what goes into generating the types of headlines that serve as the first draft of history. A brief Q&A will follow his keynote presentation.
Raju has won multiple journalism awards for his reporting on the major battles consuming Washington and his coverage of campaign politics. In 2015, he was awarded first prize by the Society of Professional Journalists in D.C. for beat coverage of the 2014 midterm elections.
In 2017, Raju won the Joan Shorenstein Barone Award, given annually for best congressional reporting by the Radio and Television Correspondent Association.
He was part of a team of reporters who won the 2022 David Bloom Award from the Radio and Television Correspondents Association for their coverage of the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.
Also in 2022, the Milwaukee Press Club recognized Raju with its Sacred Cat Award, given annually to a national reporter for making distinguished contributions to the field of journalism.
Raju is well known for his sharp and skillful questioning of politicians, a skill he showcased in 2014 when he moderated debates in Colorado for a key Senate seat and a hotly contested governor’s race.
Raju got his start in media working at the student newspaper The Badger Herald at the University of Wisconsin, his alma mater. He has served as a top Capitol Hill correspondent at Politico and a reporter for The Hill newspaper, Congressional Quarterly and Inside Washington Publishers. He has long been a frequent guest on political talk shows on TV and radio.