Police Violence, Racial Injustice, and the Press: Reflections on Coverage of the Chauvin Trial

FRI, MAY 28, 2021 (54:56)

The trial and murder conviction of Minneapolis Police officer Derek Chauvin sparked new national conversations about violent policing and racial injustice. How should policy makers, police, and journalists respond? 

The New Yorker staff writer Jelani Cobb and BBC correspondent Tara McKelvey  — who both covered the trial from Minneapolis — will join The Atlantic staff writer Adam Serwer to discuss how public discourse and press coverage have and have not changed since the trial.

Harvard Kennedy School Institute of Politics executive director Setti Warren moderates the event.

As part of the GBH News week-long look at the impact of the murder of George Floyd one year ago, GBH Forum Network is pleased to co-present this conversation, part of the Shorenstein Center’s Alumni Fellows Network speaker series, featuring former Shorenstein fellows discussing major topics in the news, and their current work.

+ BIO: Tara McKelvey

Tara Shannon McKelvey is a White House reporter for the BBC and a former correspondent for Newsweek/The Daily Beast. She has reported on topics which include national-security issues from the Middle East, South Asia and Russia.

+ BIO: Adam Serwer

Adam Serwer is a senior editor at The Atlantic, covering politics. He has previously worked for BuzzFeed News, MSNBC, Mother Jones and The American Prospect.

+ BIO: Jelani Cobb

Jelani Cobb joined the Journalism School faculty in 2016. He has contributed to The New Yorker since 2012, and became a staff writer in 2015. He is the recipient of the 2015 Sidney Hillman Award for Opinion and Analysis writing and writes frequently about race, politics, history and culture. (Photo: Columbia Journalism School)

+ BIO: Setti Warren

Setti D. Warren served as Mayor of Newton, Massachusetts from January 1, 2010 to January 1 2018. He was the first African-American to be a popularly-elected mayor in Massachusetts. After graduating from Boston College, he began an extensive career in public service, serving as special assistant in the White House Office of Cabinet Affairs for President Bill Clinton; as New England director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency; and as deputy state director for Senator John F. Kerry (D-MA). Prior to running for mayor, Mayor Warren completed a yearlong tour of duty in Iraq as a naval intelligence specialist.

He served on the advisory board of the United States Conference of Mayors, chairing the organization’s community housing and development committee. Mayor Warren is also a life member of The Council on Foreign Relations and a board member of Discovering Justice. He is currently the Executive Director of the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School.

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