Hoagland Lecture Series


Jeff Zeleny

CNN's senior White House correspondent

“Exercising the First Amendment: Covering the Trump Campaign and the White House”

October 5, 2017
6:00 p.m.
Sheldon Museum of Art

Overflow location: Lied Commons

Free and open to the public.

G. Michael Fenner

Opening comments by G. Michael Fenner, J.D. of the Creighton University School of Law.

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The first 50 students receive VIP passes
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The Peter J. Hoagland Integrity in Public Service Lecture Series honors his legacy and seeks to inspire young people to dedicate themselves to public service. Each year's lecture will feature state and national leaders - leaders who prove that honor and integrity remain essential components in their service to our country.

The inaugural lecture in 2008, held at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, featured Nebraskan Ted Sorensen, a former speechwriter and counselor to President John F. Kennedy. In 2009, David Axelrod, adviser to President Obama during the 2008 election was the featured speaker.

This annual lecture series rotates between the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the University of Nebraska at Omaha.


About the speaker

Jeff Zeleny serves as CNN's senior White House correspondent, covering President Donald Trump and his administration for all of the network's programs and platforms. This is the third consecutive presidency Zeleny has covered, traveling across the country and around the world with George W. Bush and Barack Obama.

Zeleny covered the 2016 campaign, his fifth presidential election, from the early days of the Democratic and Republican primaries through the general election contest with Trump and Hillary Clinton.

In 2015, Zeleny joined CNN from ABC News where he was their senior Washington correspondent. He reported extensively on the Obama administration and the Republican Party as it gained control of the U.S. Senate in the 2014 midterm elections.

Prior to ABC News, Zeleny was the national political correspondent for The New York Times. He covered the 2012 presidential election and Obama's 2008 campaign to the White House. Zeleny also covered the first two years of the Obama administration as a White House correspondent, and previously covered Congress for the Times.

Before The New York Times, Zeleny was the national political correspondent for the Chicago Tribune where he covered the 2004 presidential campaign and the first term of the Bush administration. He joined the Tribune in 2000 as a reporter on the Metropolitan desk in Chicago, where he was a member of the reporting team that won a Pulitzer Prize in explanatory journalism for documenting gridlock in the nation's air traffic system.

Zeleny, a graduate of the University of Nebraska, began his journalism career at the Des Moines Register and is a native of Exeter, Nebraska.

Follow Zeleny on Twitter @JeffZeleny