Colleen McCain Nelson
Vice president/ editorial page editor, Kansas City Star
Colleen McCain Nelson is vice president and editorial page editor of The Kansas City Star. She joined The Star in December 2016 after working as a White House Correspondent for The Wall Street Journal and as an editorial writer and columnist for The Dallas Morning News.
Nelson is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and a former political reporter who has chronicled three presidential campaigns. In 2016, she crisscrossed the country with Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, and Bernie Sanders. She wrote about the policies, politics, and personalities in President Barack Obama’s administration.
At The Dallas Morning News she wrote about local, state, and national politics, first as a reporter and later as an editorial writer and columnist. In 2010, Ms. Nelson and two of her colleagues were awarded the Pulitzer Prize for editorial writing for a series of editorials that condemned the stark economic and social disparity separating Dallas’s thriving northern half and struggling southern half.
CNN political commentator
Kevin Madden is a nationally recognized communications strategist, having served as a senior counselor to some of the nation’s top leaders in both the public and private sectors over the last 15 years.
Kevin has designed and managed some of the most high profile communications campaigns in the country, ranging from presidential cabinet-level departments to public advocacy and issue campaigns for business coalitions, non-profit organizations and Fortune 500 companies.
Kevin’s work on presidential campaigns and in congressional leadership has also helped him develop a reputation as a highly effective and sought-after crisis communications manager.
Kevin served as a senior advisor to and spokesman for Governor Mitt Romney’s 2012 and 2008 presidential campaigns. Prior to joining Governor Romney’s campaign, Mr. Madden served as Press Secretary to then-House Majority Leader John Boehner (R-OH). Before his work as a top leadership aide on Capitol Hill, Mr. Madden served as the Department of Justice’s national spokesman on issues ranging from national security to litigation before the federal courts.
During the 2004 presidential campaign cycle, Mr. Madden served as a Bush-Cheney campaign spokesman for regional, national and international news organizations.
Kevin serves on the advisory board of Georgetown University’s Institute for Politics and Public Service and on the Board of Directors for the Bipartisan Policy Center Advocacy Network.
White House correspondent, Bloomberg News
Margaret Talev is White House correspondent for Bloomberg News, covering U.S. politics and foreign policy. She serves on the boards of the White House Correspondents’ Association and the Washington Press Club Foundation.
Margaret has covered Barack Obama since 2007, when he began his presidential campaign. She previously covered Congress, California and Florida politics and has reported for the Los Angeles Times, McClatchy Newspapers, the Sacramento Bee and the Tampa Tribune. In 2008, she won the Scripps Howard Raymond Clapper Memorial Award as part of a three-member team that exposed the Bush administration’s politicization of the Justice Department. She was part of a reporting team whose breaking news coverage of the crash of Alaska Airlines Flight 261 earned a finalist spot for the Pulitzer in 2001.
Margaret is a graduate of the University of Maryland at College Park. She is a mom and a stepmom, wine and food enthusiast, avid runner, proud of her Bulgarian heritage and in her free time is chipping away at her first novel.
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