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Earlier this month when North Korea agreed to send a delegation of athletes to South Korea’s Pyeongchang for the 2018 Olympic Games, New York Times senior staff writer David E. Sanger reported on this historic announcement’s international relations implications.

New York Times senior staff writer David E. Sanger
David E. Sanger

This was just one of many significant global events Sanger—a three-time Pulitzer Prize winner and current national security correspondent for the Times—has covered during his 30-year journalism career.

Sanger will visit UT on Thursday, January 25, to speak about national security strategies used by recent administrations and how the current administration plans to deal with such challenges going forward. His talk begins at 7 p.m. in Room 210 of the Alumni Memorial Building.

Tickets are free for opted-in UT students. All other tickets are $5. Both student and public tickets can be obtained online from Knoxville Tickets.

Sanger has built a reputation for insightful coverage of national security topics ranging from nuclear proliferation to turbulence in the Middle East.

During his career at the the New York Times, Sanger has covered technology, economics, and foreign and domestic policy. He was the newspaper’s White House correspondent from 1999 until 2006. He is the author of best-sellers Confront and Conceal: Obama’s Secret Wars and Surprising Use of American Power (2012) and The Inheritance: The World Obama Confronts and the Challenges to American Power (2009). He has been a regular guest on CNN, PBS, and Michael Barbaro’s popular New York Times podcast, “The Daily.” He also serves as a national security policy lecturer and visiting scholar at Harvard’s Kennedy School.

If you have questions or need to arrange disability accommodations, contact the Center for Student Engagement at 865-974-5455.

This program is funded in part by the Student Programming Allocation Committee (SPAC) and is cosponsored by UT’s School of Journalism and Electronic Media.


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