On Monday, the famed Ivy League university announced that former CNN host Brian Stelter will host a series of on-campus discussions titled “threats to democracy.”
The announcement was made by Harvard Kennedy School’s Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy. The announcement noted that Stelter was hired to “convene a series of discussions about threats to democracy and the range of potential responses from the news media.”
Stelter will serve as the school’s new media and democracy fellow for the fall semester.
The Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy statement read:
The Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School is pleased to announce that Brian Stelter will join the center as the Fall 2022 Walter Shorenstein Media and Democracy Fellow.
The Walter Shorenstein Media and Democracy Fellowship brings high-profile figures at the forefront of media, politics, and public policy to Harvard’s Kennedy School to work with students, faculty, scholars and the public on important issues of the moment.
As the Walter Shorenstein Fellow, Stelter will convene a series of discussions about threats to democracy and the range of potential responses from the news media. These discussions with media leaders, policy makers, politicians, and Kennedy School students, fellows, and faculty will help deepen public and scholarly understanding about the current state of the information ecosystem and its impacts on democratic governance.
Stelter’s hiring follows Harvard’s hiring of disgraced former Democratic New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. De Blasio will teach a course on Public Service and Leadership.
CNN’s new CEO, Chris Licht, fired Stelter in August. Stelter had hosted the “Reliable Sources” show since 2013. Reportedly, Licht terminated Stelter after determining the network needed less left-leaning reporting.
In recent months, anchors Christi Paul and John Harwood have also left the network.
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