Sarah, Barack, Bruce and the Jeffersons

If the mark of a good journalist is getting to where the story is, then the current East West Center Jefferson Fellows are on the top of their game.

The group, mostly newspaper and broadcast journalists from Asia (plus one American newspaper writer/columnist) have been criss-crossing the United States in search of the true story of the 2008 presidential elections. You’d be amazed at who they “met.” Continue reading

On the road again with the Jeffersons

On a blasting hot Saturday afternoon in Tempe Arizona, a group of journalists from around Asia (plus one from the United States) are learning what ground-level politics looks like in the American West.

The journalists are part of the latest group of Jefferson Fellows at the Center, on a trip to the U.S. heartland to experience the Presidential campaign between John McCain and Barack Obama from the inside.

After a week of seminars and briefings in Honolulu, the Jeffs are off to Arizona, then on to battleground states Pennsylvania and Ohio and finally to Washington, D.C.

It has been an eye-opening experience. Continue reading