Eleanor Clift, one of the most adept political reporters, reveals the US consciousness to us in a way that few could.
Clift's husband died of cancer one day apart from Terry Schaivo, the brain-damaged woman whose family was thrust onto the public, political stage as they battled over whether or not to end her life.
Clift says this incident gave most Americans a glimpse into the fanaticism and political power of a small minority, more commonly called the religious right. She discusses what we learned and where we may be headed now- The Commonwealth Club of California
Phil Bronstein was named executive chair of the board of The Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR) in April 2012, when the organization merged with The Bay Citizen. Bronstein joined the CIR board in 2006 and became board chair in 2011. He is now in charge of overall operations. Previously, Bronstein was editor-at-large and director of content development for Hearst Newspapers. Before that, he was executive vice president and editor-at-large of the San Francisco Chronicle, after serving as the newspaper’s editor from 2000 to 2008. Bronstein was editor of the San Francisco Examiner, which merged with the Chronicle in 2000, from 1991 to 2000. He started at the Examiner as a reporter in 1980, where he specialized in investigative projects and was a foreign correspondent for eight years. He was a 1986 Pulitzer Prize finalist for his work in the Philippines. Before joining the Examiner, he was a reporter with public television station KQED in San Francisco. He is the former chairman of the American Society of Newspaper Editors’ International Committee and is currently on the advisory board of Litquake, the annual San Francisco literary festival.
Eleanor Clift became a contributing editor of Newsweek in September, 1994. She writes on the Washington power structure, the influence of women in politics and other issues.
She is currently assigned to follow the jockeying over policy and politics in the Democratic-controlled Congress and the emerging contenders for the 2008 presidential nomination in both the Republican and Democratic parties.
Clift also writes a weekly column on Newsweek.com entitled "Capitol Letter," where she analyzes the political news of the week.
Eleanor Clift recounts the final days of her husband, writer Tom Brazaitis. She remembers how the "unimaginable becomes routine" in dealing with death and remarks on its quotidian aspects -- calling the undertaker, returning the hospital bed, and performing last rites.