A reporter who has been named one of the 25 most influential people in American media will discuss his experiences covering the November presidential election in a talk here next week.

Richard Berke, national political correspondent for the New York Times, will speak from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 3, in O’Shaughnessy Educational Center auditorium.

The talk, free and open to the public, is sponsored by St. Thomas’ University Lectures Committee and Residence Life Office.

In addition to last fall’s campaign and election, Berke will discuss the state of American politics and President Bush’s first months in office.

Berke began his reporting career at the Minneapolis Tribune in 1980. He later became the chief Washington correspondent for the Baltimore Evening Sun, and joined the New York Times in 1986. His beats at the Times have included the White House, Congress, domestic policy and presidential and congressional elections.

This spring he is an adjunct lecturer in public policy at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. He also serves on an advisory board at the Kennedy School’s Institute of Politics.

Berke is a frequent guest on national television news and political analysis programs. In its November 1999 issue, Brill’s Content magazine named Berke one of the 25 most influential people in American media.

For more information about the talk, call the St. Thomas Activities and Recreation office at (651) 962-6136.