Lunchtime Series: Chet Lunner, Fake News - Not All That Twitters is Gold
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About The Event
Former Maine newspaper editor and national news correspondent, Chet Lunner, will examine "Fake News - Not All That Twitters is Gold." Lunner brings a unique, 360-degree perspective of current affairs and "fake news" as a veteran journalist, government spokesman, and crisis communications expert. His experience on both sides of the camera has taught him the impact that news - fake or real - has on government policy and practices.
As always, this series is free and open to the public. Suggested donation for $10 for nonmembers. Please feel free to bring your lunch to eat during the presentation.
About the Speaker
Chet Lunner has held virtually every newsroom job from cub reporter to editor to national correspondent, then worked as a Congressional chief of staff before being appointed Press Secretary to The Hon. Norman Y. Mineta, U.S. Secretary of Transportation under President George W. Bush.
He led the Department of Transportation's public response to the terrorist attacks of 9/11, overseeing the entire spectrum of media affairs activities for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), U.S. Coast Guard, Federal Air Marshals Service, and Transportation Security Administration (TSA), while frequently assisting the White House Press Office.
At the National Press Club, in Washington, D.C., Lunner's work hangs in a permanent place of honor, commemorating his "live" coverage of the January 1986 Challenger space shuttle disaster as the on-scene Kennedy Space Center correspondent for USA Today and Gannett News Service.
In Maine, Lunner served as top news editor of the Biddeford-Saco Journal Tribune, Portland Evening Express, (the afternoon edition of the Portland Press Herald), and Kennebec Journal in Augusta and was a founder of the Society of Professional Journalists, Maine Chapter.
He has given a series of talks on "fake news" around the state as a Maine Humanities Council scholar, and has been a frequent current affairs commentator for a variety of print and broadcast outlets.