Cokie Roberts to Speak at Blanchard Public Service Forum on November 27, 2018

October 26, 2018

The Governor Jim Blanchard Public Service Forum, part of the College of Social Science at Michigan State University, is proud to present renowned author, journalist, and commentator Cokie Roberts at the Wharton Center, Pasant Theater, on November 27, 2018 at 7:30pm.

During this live question and answer conversation with former Michigan Governor Jim Blanchard, Roberts will give an analysis of the November 2018 election.

Roberts is a political commentator for ABC News and NPR. In her more than forty years in broadcasting, she has won countless awards, including three Emmys. She has been inducted into the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame, and was cited by the American Women in Radio and Television as one of the fifty greatest women in the history of broadcasting. In addition to her reporting, Roberts has written six New York Times bestsellers, most dealing with the roles of women in U.S. history.

General admission tickets are $25.00 and can be purchased online through the Wharton center here. For sponsorships, which include special recognition, tickets, a private reception and a small dinner, please contact Alex Tripp, Development Officer, College of Social Science at (517) 432-1801 or

The Governor Jim Blanchard Public Service Forum is administered by the Department of Political Science, within the College of Social Science at Michigan State University. 

“The Forum honors those who have distinguished themselves in politics, diplomacy, public service and journalism,” Blanchard said. “The goal is to give students and the larger community a chance to meet them and be energized by them. We are excited to be able to have Cokie Roberts on campus to do this.”

“In a very short time, with leadership from Governor Blanchard, this forum has become an important regular event-series for our department as well as students and members of the university community,” said Charles Ostrom, Political Science department chairperson.