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NY Times columnist to discuss Trump's ascension to the presidency

New York Times economics columnist David Leonhardt is the University of South Carolina’s 2017 Baldwin Business and Financial Journalism lecturer.  Leonhardt will speak on Tuesday, March 14.

The lecture, titled “The Great Stagnation: How It Created President Trump,” will examine the role economic conditions played in the 2016 presidential election and are playing in the Trump presidency. The lecture will take place at 7 p.m. in the School of Journalism and Mass Communications auditorium. It is free and open to the public. 

Leonhardt is an Op-Ed columnist and associate editorial page editor at the New York Times, where he has worked in a variety of roles since 1999. A former economics columnist and Washington bureau chief, he went on to serve as editor of “The Upshot,” a New York Times blog launched in 2014 to deliver political and policy news with infographics.

Leonhardt received the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for commentary for his columns regarding the financial crisis and a 2009 Gerald Loeb Award for his New York Times Magazine story, “Obamanomics.” He has appeared on the PBS Newshour, Charlie Rose, NPR and The Colbert Report.

Though a journalist by trade, Leonhardt earned a degree in applied mathematics from Yale University.

The Baldwin Lecture Series is funded by the Baldwin Business and Financial Journalism Endowment, given by Kenneth W. Baldwin, Jr.  A 1949 graduate of the School of Journalism and Mass Communications, Baldwin funded the endowment in 2009 to equip students with a depth of knowledge to investigate and report on the most significant and complex business and financial topics that affect consumers and taxpayers.

For more information on the Baldwin Business and Financial Journalism Lecture Series, contact Rebekah Friedman at 803-777-6791 or

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