Announcing the Speaker Lineup for the Fifth Annual Washington Ideas Forum, November 13 and 14, 2013

October 31, 2013

Announcing the Speaker Lineup for the Fifth Annual Washington Ideas Forum, November 13 and 14, 2013

Washington, D.C. (October 31, 2013)The Atlantic, the Aspen Institute, and the Newseum will present the fifth annual Washington Ideas Forum on Wednesday and Thursday, November 13 and 14, 2013. Following the bruising government shutdown and the troubled rollout of the Affordable Care Act, the event will bring together government leaders—from both sides of the aisle—as well as top business and media voices for two days of conversation about the serious challenges facing the country—and the possible paths forward.  

Among the newsmakers participating in the Forum: Susan Rice, National Security Advisor; Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX); Tom Vilsack, Secretary of Agriculture; Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK); Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN); Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV); Senator John McCain (R-AZ); Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY); Sylvia Mathews Burwell, Director of the White House Office of Management and Budget; Karl Rove,former Deputy Chief of Staff to President George W. Bush; Mayor Mitch Landrieu of New Orleans; Travis Kalanick, CEO of Uber; Sebastian Junger, award-winning journalist and best-selling author; Walter Isaacson, CEO of the Aspen Institute; Anne-Marie Slaughter, President of the New America Foundation; Sam Kass, Executive Director of Let’s Move! and Senior White House Nutritional Policy Advisor; Grover Norquist, President of Americans for Tax Reform; Heather Bresch, CEO of Mylan;Steven Rattner, former Obama administration “Car Czar” and economic analyst for MSNBC’s Morning Joe; Michael Steele, former Chairman of the Republican National Committee;  Jim Cuno, President and CEO of Paul Getty Trust; and John Jenkins,President of the University of Notre Dame.

They will be joined by leading journalists, including: James Bennet, Editor-in-Chief ofThe AtlanticDavid Brooks, columnist for The New York TimesRonald Brownstein,Editorial Director of Atlantic Media; Margaret Carlson, Editorial Director of the Washington Ideas Forum; Steve Clemons, Editor-at-Large of The AtlanticCharlie Cook, Editor and Publisher of The Cook Political Report and columnist for National JournalJames Fallows, National Correspondent for The AtlanticMajor Garrett,Chief White House Correspondent for CBS News and Correspondent-at-Large for National JournalJeffrey Goldberg, National Correspondent for The AtlanticGwen Ifill, co-anchor of PBS NewsHourJonathan Karl, Chief White House Correspondent for ABC News; Chris Matthews, anchor of MSNBC’s HardballEugene Robinson, columnist for The Washington Post and contributor for MSNBC; David Rohde, columnist forThomson ReutersHari Sreenivasan, anchor of PBS NewsHour WeekendSam Stein,Political Editor and White House Correspondent for The Huffington PostJake Tapper,host of CNN’s The LeadChuck Todd, Chief White House Correspondent for NBC News and anchor of MSNBC’s The Daily RundownAlex Wagner, anchor of MSNBC’s NOW; and Chris Wallace, anchor of FOX News Sunday.

Preliminary details, which are subject to change, follow. The program agenda will be available in the coming days. To request press credentials, please email The Atlantic’s Alexi New ( For those unable to attend in person, the event will be live streamed at Follow the conversation online via @Atlantic_LIVE@AspenInstitute, and@Newseum and by using #IdeasForum.

The Newseum
555 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. (6th Street entrance)
Washington, D.C. 20001

Wednesday, November 13, 2013
9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.: Preview sessions (Please note that seating is very limited.)
1:00 – 2:00 p.m.: General registration
2:00 – 6:00 p.m.: Main-stage programming

Thursday, November 14, 2013
7:30 – 8:45 a.m.: Breakout sessions
9:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.: Main-stage programming

CH2M HILL, Comcast, Exxon, Nestlé, and Thomson Reuters are the presenting underwriters of the Washington Ideas Forum, and Google is the supporting underwriter.

About The Atlantic
Since its founding in 1857 as a magazine about “the American Idea” that would be of “no party or clique,” The Atlantic has been at the forefront of brave thinking in journalism. One of the first magazines to launch on the Web in the early 1990s, The Atlantic has continued to help shape the national debate across print, digital, and event platforms. With the addition of its news- and opinion-tracking site,, on global cities, The Atlantic is a multimedia forum on the most critical issues of our times—from politics, business, urban affairs, and the economy, to technology, arts, and culture. The Atlantic is the flagship property of Washington, D.C.–based publisher Atlantic Media Company.

About the Aspen Institute
The Aspen Institute is an educational and policy studies organization based in Washington, D.C. Its mission is to foster leadership based on enduring values and to provide a nonpartisan venue for dealing with critical issues. The Institute is based in Washington, D.C.; Aspen, Colorado; and on the Wye River on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. It also has offices in New York City and an international network of partners. For more information, please visit

About the Newseum
The mission of the Newseum is to champion the five freedoms of the First Amendment through education, information and entertainment. One of the top attractions in Washington, D.C., the Newseum’s 250,000-square-foot news museum offers visitors a state-of-the-art experience that blends news history with up-to-the-second technology and hands-on exhibits, and its Newseum Institute serves as a forum for the study, exploration and education of the First Amendment. The Newseum is a 501(c)(3) public charity funded by generous individuals, corporations and foundations, including the Freedom Forum. For more information, visit or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Media Relations Contacts:
Natalie Raabe 
The Atlantic 
(202) 266-7533

Jennifer Myers
The Aspen Institute
(202) 286-1680 cell

Jonathan Thompson
The Newseum
(202) 292-6353

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