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Veteran Journalist Discusses Covering Washington Under Trump

Lynn Sweet

It’s been quite the year for national politics and Lynn Sweet has had a ringside seat for all of it. Sweet is the Washington Bureau Chief for the Chicago Sun-Times and has covered national politics since 1994. This is an excerpt of a speech she gave recently at Journalism & Women Symposium’s annual conference in Hot Springs Arkansas. Sweet talks about the challenges facing journalism right now and offers a behind-the-scenes look at what it's like covering the White House.

“Trump’s relentless attacks to discredit degrade and demonize journalism as Trump appeals to his base have damaged the public’s opinion of our profession. A Morning Consult/Politico poll released on October 18 found 46 percent of Americans believe major news organizations fabricate stories on Trump.”

But Sweet says it’s also an important time to be a journalist. "Our challenge is to increase public trust in the media."

Megan has been a journalist for 25 years and worked at business weeklies in San Antonio, New Orleans and Albuquerque. She first came to KUNM as a phone volunteer on the pledge drive in 2005. That led to volunteering on Women’s Focus, Weekend Edition and the Global Music Show. She was then hired as Morning Edition host in 2015, then the All Things Considered host in 2018. Megan was hired as News Director in 2021.
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