Kansas City Star editor to discuss news media challenges

April 27, 2022

Kansas City Star editor to discuss news media challenges

CARBONDALE, Ill. – Melinda Henneberger, opinion page editor of the Kansas City Star, will discuss the state of America’s news media at a virtual event next week hosted by Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s Paul Simon Institute for Public Policy.

Henneberger, vice-president of the newspaper and editor-in-chief of the editorial page, will speak via Zoom in conversation with John Shaw, director of the institute, at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, May 3. Topics will include Henneberger’s distinguished journalistic career and the challenges facing America’s news media, especially newspapers. They will also discuss the role of the press in chronicling the life of a community and in explaining and analyzing public policy.

The event is free and open to the public. Registration is required at paulsimoninstitute.org/events.

“Melinda Henneberger is one of America’s most impressive journalists,” Shaw said. Hailing from southern Illinois, Melinda’s writing is insightful, incisive, and fearless. She is an unbiased and outspoken truth teller.

Henneberg covered national politics, government, social services, prisons and crime. Prior to joining the Kansas City Star, she was a New York Times reporter based in New York, Washington, DC and Rome. Henneberger, who grew up in Mount Carmel, Illinois, was also a columnist for USA Today.

She is three times Pulitzer Prize Finalist: In 2021 and 2019 for commentary, and in 2020 for editorial writing. She received the Mike Royko Award for Commentary and Column Writing from the News Leaders Association in 2019 and the Scripps Howard Walker Stone Award for Opinion Writing in 2018.

Participants are encouraged to submit questions to Henneberger on their registration form or email them to paulsimoninstitute@siu.edu.

The event is part of the institute Understand our new world series of virtual conversations with government and private sector leaders, policy experts, political analysts, authors and journalists.