Panelist graphic: Carly Schulman (BSJ22)
The Northwestern Alumni Association (NAA) compiled an expert panel of accomplished journalists to share their perspectives on the American political landscape and the 2020 elections on Nov. 10 via Zoom.
Lynn Sweet ’75 MS (photo)
Washington Bureau Chief and Columnist, Chicago Sun-Times
A Chicago native, Lynn Sweet earned a master’s degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communication in 1975 after receiving her undergraduate degree from the University of California, Berkeley. She was a fellow at The Institute of Politics at Harvard University in 2004. Sweet was inducted into the Medill Hall of Achievement in 2007 and named one of the US capital’s “50 Top Journalists” by Washingtonian magazine in 2009.
Nikole Killion ’99, ’99 MS, Correspondent, CBS News
Nikole Killion is a correspondent for CBS News who’s based in Washington DC. She reports for all CBS News broadcasts and platforms, including the CBS Evening News with Norah O’Donnell, CBS This Morning, and CBSN, the 24/7 digital streaming news service. Previously, Killion was a correspondent for CBS Newspath, the network’s 24-hour television news-gathering service for CBS stations and broadcasters around the world. After joining CBS News, she landed one of the first interviews with both Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Rep. Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), following the congresswoman’s endorsement of the 2020 presidential candidate. Killion has contributed to CBS News coverage on a range of topics, including the State of the Union and Virginia’s political crisis in early 2019. She also led Newspath’s coverage of the impeachment inquiry, Democratic debates, Mueller Report, partial government shutdown, and nomination of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. Killion has traveled to major breaking news events such as Hurricanes Michael and Dorian in Florida, and the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting.
Tyler Pager ’17
National Political Reporter, Bloomberg News
Tyler Pager is a national political reporter who covers the 2020 presidential election for Bloomberg News. He previously worked as a Metro Desk reporter at the New York Times. Pager received his master’s degree in comparative social policy from the University of Oxford and graduated from Medill in 2017. While at Northwestern, he served as the editor in chief of the Daily Northwestern and completed internships at the Boston Globe, Politico, and USA Today.
Elena Schneider ’13, ’14 MS
National Political Reporter, POLITICO
Elena Schneider is a national political reporter at POLITICO, where she covers the 2020 Democratic presidential primary and general election. Before jumping to presidential politics, Schneider reported on House, Senate, and gubernatorial races during the 2018 and 2016 cycles at POLITICO. She also worked as a news assistant and a freelancer for the New York Times’ DC bureau. Her work has appeared in the Texas Tribune and Texas Monthly. She earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in journalism from Medill.
Sabrina Siddiqui ’08
National Politics Reporter, The Wall Street Journal
Sabrina Siddiqui is a national politics reporter at the Wall Street Journal, where she covers the 2020 presidential race, and a political analyst at CNN. Siddiqui previously covered national politics at the Guardian, HuffPost and Bloomberg News. She has covered both the Trump and Obama administrations as well as the 2012 and 2016 presidential elections. She graduated from Medill in 2008 and lives in Washington, DC, with her husband.