Longtime political correspondent and analyst Jeff Greenfield will speak at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6, in the auditorium of O’Shaughnessy Educational Center on the St. Paul campus of the University of St. Thomas.

Jeff Greenfield

His talk is the first in Minnesota Public Radio’s 2011-2012 Broadcast Journalism Series. The talk is co-sponsored by St. Thomas’ College of Arts and Sciences and Communication and Journalism Department.

The talk is free but tickets are required.  Reserve them by going to this Minnesota Public Radio website.

At St. Thomas, Minnesota Public Radio’s Kerri Miller will interview Greenfield about his career as a political and media analyst.

A veteran reporter, he served as senior political correspondent at CBS News from 2007 to 2011. Before that, he served as senior analyst for CNN (1998-2007), where he was the lead analyst for conventions, presidential debates and election night, as well as presidential funerals and the Supreme Court nomination hearings.

He began his career at CBS News (1979-1983) and also served as a longtime analyst for ABC News (1983-1997). He has been on the floor or in the broadcast booth for every national political convention since 1988.

Greenfield’s 1995 debut novel, The People’s Choice, was a national bestseller and named by the New York Times Book Review as one of the notable books of the year. His newest book, Then Everything Changed: Stunning Alternate Histories of American Politics, came out in March 2011.

Isabel Wilkerson, the first African American woman to win the Pulitzer Prize in journalism, will be the second speaker in the MPR series. She will speak at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10, in the O’Shaughnessy Educational Center auditorium on St. Thomas’ St. Paul campus.

Minnesota Public Radio’s Broadcast Journalist Series, now in its 16th year, commissions renowned journalists for a 24-hour residency four times a year. They share insights on their craft and issues that affect our world.