Fred Barnes & Mort Kondracke

NCPA / Sumners Distinguished Lecture Series Luncheon with Fred Barnes and Morton Kondracke

Fred Barnes & Mort Kondracke

Fred Barnes is co-founder and executive editor of "The Weekly Standard" and Morton Kondracke is the executive editor and columnist for "Roll Call."

WHEN: Wednesday, November 15, 2006, Noon to 1:30 PM
WHERE: Khmer Pavilion, Hilton Anatole Hotel, 2201 Stemmons Frwy, Dallas, TX 75207

The format will be a "point-counter point" discussion between Mr. Barnes and Mr. Kondracke moderated by NCPA Chairman Gov. Pete du Pont. Lunch begins at 12:00 noon and lasts about 30 minutes. Fred Barnes and Mort Kondracke's remarks will last until approximately 1:00 PM, followed by a question and answer period when questions will be taken from the audience. The event will conclude at approximately 1:30 PM.

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Fred Barnes is co-founder and executive editor of The Weekly Standard. From 1985 to 1995, he served as senior editor and White House correspondent for The New Republic. He covered the Supreme Court and the White House for the Washington Star before moving on to the Baltimore Sun in 1979. He served as the national political correspondent for the Sun and wrote the "Presswatch" media column for the American Spectator.

He is host, along with Mort Kondracke, of the Beltway Boys on FOXNews. Mr. Barnes appears regularly on FOX 's Special Report with Brit Hume. From 1988 to 1998, he was a regular panelist on The McLaughlin Group. He has also appeared on Nightline, Meet the Press, Face the Nation, and The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer.

In addition, Barnes hosts two weekly radio shows, Issues in the News on Voice of America and What's the Story? on Radio America. Formerly, he was chief correspondent on the PBS series National Desk.

Mr. Barnes authored the book Rebel in Chief: Inside the Bold and Controversial Presidency of George W. Bush based on his exclusive interviews with top administration officials - as well as President Bush.

Mr. Barnes graduated from the University of Virginia and was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University.

Morton Kondracke has been a journalist for 43 years, 38 of them in Washington, and has covered nearly every phase of American politics and foreign policy. He's done so in newspapers, magazines and on radio and TV.

Morton is the executive editor and columnist for Roll Call, Capitol Hill's feisty independent newspaper. He writes "Pennsylvania Avenue," a twice-weekly column on national politics, White House-Congressional relations, and domestic and foreign policy, syndicated nationally through United Features Syndicate and Newspaper Enterprise Association. Morton writes editorials on Congress (since September 1991).

He is a regular commentator for the Fox News Channel (since October 1996). He also serves as co-host of weekly political show, The Beltway Boys (since July 1998) and is a nightly "all stars" panelist on Special Report with Brit Hume.

Morton is the author of Saving Milly: Love, Politics and Parkinson's Disease (2001), a New York Times and Washington Post bestseller. Saving Millie was also the subject of a CBS Sunday Night movie (March 2005).

Morton had previously been a panelist on The McLaughlin Group, the "original" public affairs show, which ran for 16 years for NBC/PBS and was seen on 350 stations nationwide (1982 to 1998).

He was executive editor (1977 to 1985) and senior editor (1986 to 1991) for The New Republic; Morton wrote its "White House Watch" column (1981 to 1985). Morton was the Washington bureau chief for Newsweek (February 1985 to September 1986). He was the winner of the Washington Post Crystal Ball Award for predicting 1994 election outcome (and was the runner-up in 1996). Morton served as a panelist for This Week with David Brinkley on ABC-TV (monthly, December 1984 to March 1988), as a columnist for Wall Street Journal (monthly, 1980 to 1985) and the United Features Syndicate (twice weekly, 1983 to 1985), and as a panelist for the 1984 Reagan-Mondale Presidential Debate on Foreign Policy.

He was also a correspondent for The Chicago Sun-Times (1963 to 1977), writing from the Washington Bureau (1968 to 1977), as a White House Correspondent (1974 to 1977), and as a reporter for the Springfield Bureau Chief (1963 to 1968).

On the air, Morton was the host of National Desk, the PBS documentary series, from 1993 to 1999. He was a commentator for National Public Radio (1972 to 1982), and was a talk show host on WRC-AM in Washington (1981 to 1983).

Morton was or is an occasional panelist on various shows, including Meet the Press, Crossfire, The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, and Voice of America. He's had articles published in The New York Times, The Economist, Reader's Digest, The Washingtonian, and The Weekly Standard. He can be seen in the movies Dave and Independence Day.

Morton is a board member of Parkinson's Action Network. He attended Dartmouth College, A.B., 1960. He is involved with the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research and was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University (1973-74).