David Yepsen, the nationally-known political columnist of the Des Moines Register, will speak at Buena Vista University at 630 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 19, in an event that is free and open to the public.
Yepsen will handicap the upcoming presidential election and speak on "The Media and Politics" in an Academic and Cultural Events Series (ACES) program in Hansen 8 Conference Room, located in the Harold Walter Siebens Forum.
Yepsen, 49, has written politics and government for the Register since 1983. As the role of the Iowa Caucuses has increased in importance in U.S. presidential campaigns, Yepsen has become a frequent guest on national TV and radio newscasts and talk shows. He also serves as one of the regular panelists on the Iowa Public Television show, "Iowa Press."
A native of Jefferson, Yepsen graduated from the University of Iowa in 1972 and earned a master's degree in public administration from Drake University in 1985. He was a fellow at the Shroenstein Center on the Press and Politics at the Kennedy School at Harvard University in 1989.
He began his newswriting career at the student newspaper, The Daily Iowan, where he was a student at U of I, and also served as campus correspondent for the Des Moines Register. He joined the Register full-time in 1975.
The veteran columnist will spend most of the day in Storm Lake and at BVU.
He will speak to the news reporting class and lunching with select students, and will meet informally with Storm Lake community members.
in the mid-afternoon.