The 2024 general election is more than a year off, and what comes next is anyone’s guess, but political analyst Amy Walter will help unravel the chaos of polarization during the Peter J. Hoagland Integrity in Public Service Lecture at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.
Walter, publisher and editor-in-chief of The Cook Political Report with Amy Walter, will present her Hoagland Lecture at 5 p.m. April 19 in the Nebraska Union’s Swanson Auditorium. The talk is free and open to the public.
In her presentation, Walter will touch on the electoral process, congressional culture and the Washington political scene as a whole. She’ll also discuss not only electoral politics, but the politics of policy, Washington’s dysfunction, and the people and strategies behind events unfolding in Congress and the White House.
For more than 25 years, Walter has built a reputation as an accurate, objective and insightful political analyst with unparalleled access to campaign insiders and decision-makers.
With the Cook Political Report, Walter provides analysis of the issues, trends and events that shape the political environment. For PBS NewsHour, she provides weekly political analysis for the popular “Politics Monday” segment and is a featured contributor for the network’s election and convention special coverage events.
Walter has also been a regular panelist on NBC’s ”Meet the Press” and CNN’s “Inside Politics” and appears frequently on ”Special Report with Bret Baier” on the FOX News Channel. From 2017 through early 2021, Walter was the host of the weekly, nationally syndicated program “Politics with Amy Walter” on The Takeaway from WNYC and PRX. She’s also the former political director of ABC News.
The Hoagland lecture series, hosted by the College of Arts and Sciences and the Department of Political Science, honors former Nebraska state senator and three-term Congressman Peter Hoagland, who died in 2007. In the state legislature, Hoagland was known for his work on legislation supporting environmental causes, and he was a champion of education and preserving the quality of Nebraska’s groundwater supply. Hoagland also served as chairman of the legislature’s Judiciary Committee and worked to toughen drunken driving laws.
Hoagland’s friend and former chief of staff, Jim Crounse, created the lecture series in 2008 with a gift to the University of Nebraska Foundation. The goal of the series is to inspire young people to dedicate themselves to public service. Hoagland cared deeply about public service and giving the next generation opportunities to participate in public service and to see the good that can come of it.
The lecture is held annually, rotating between UNL and the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Each year’s lecture features state and national leaders who prove that honor and integrity remain essential components in their service to the country.