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Pulitzer Prize-Winning Columnist Eugene Robinson to Headline Outlook 2017

March 23, 2017

tl_files/images/Robinson_Eugene_PROMOPIC.jpgSPRINGFIELD, Mass., March 20, 2017– Eugene Robinson, the Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for The Washington Post and political commentator on news programs such as MSNBC’s Hardball, The Rachel Maddow Show, and NBC’s Meet the Press, will be the keynote speaker at the Springfield Regional Chamber’s Outlook 2017 on April 10, 2017 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the MassMutual Center,1277 Main Street, Springfield.

Outlook is presented by Health New England and sponsored by Eastern States Exposition; Eversource; MassMutual Financial Group; and United Personnel, with program/reception sponsors Comcast, Mercy Medical Center, and The Republican, and support from BusinessWest. The event is presented in partnership with the East of the River Five Town Chamber of Commerce (ERC5). The Springfield Regional Chamber Outlook is the area’s largest and premier legislative event, which attracts more than 700 guests and presents expert speakers on local, state and federal issues.

“Today’s News: Who’s Up, Down and What’s Really Going On” will be the topic of Robinson’s talk. In his twice-weekly column in The Washington Post, Robinson picks American society apart and then puts it back together again in unexpected and revelatory new ways. His remarkable story-telling ability has won him wide acclaim, most notably as the winner of the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for his commentary on the 2008 presidential race. In his various roles at The Washington Post, including while reporting abroad, Robinson has witnessed firsthand, the revolution taking place online and in the 24/7 news cycle, and has seen how the news media is influencing American culture.

He has written books about race in Brazil and music in Cuba, covered a heavyweight championship fight, witnessed riots in Philadelphia and a murder trial in the deepest Amazon, sat with Presidents and Dictators and the Queen of England, and handicapped three editions of American Idol.

He began his career at The San Francisco Chronicle, where he was one of two reporters assigned to cover the trial of kidnapped newspaper heiress Patricia Hearst. He joined The Washington Post in 1980 and in his three decades with the newspaper, he served as city hall reporter, covering the first term of Washington’s larger-than-life mayor Marion Barry, foreign correspondent in Buenos Aires and London, foreign editor, and assistant managing editor of The Post, in charge of its award-winning Style section.

Robinson saw long before the states were split into red and blue, that politics and culture are always intertwined. He sees how the great trends that are reshaping our society are also reshaping our neighborhoods, our families, ourselves. He was a Nieman Fellow in Journalism at Harvard University, is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Pulitzer Prize Board, the National Association of Black Journalists, and the NABJ Hall of Fame.

He is the author of three books: Coal to Cream: A Black Man’s Journey Beyond Color to an Affirmation of Race, Last Dance in Havana: The Final Days of Fidel and the Start of the New Cuban Revolution, and his latest, Disintegration.

Robinson will be joined in the program by Congressman Richard E. Neal, who will provide his unique insight into issues at the Federal level, including his thoughts on the 115th Congress, the election, and the front-burner issues facing Congress and the new Administration. Ascending to the highest position for his party – the ranking member of the powerful Committee on Ways and Means - Congressman Neal will play a key role in the new Congress.

Tickets are $50 for Springfield Regional Chamber members as well as ERC5 members and $75 for general admission. Reserved tables of ten are available. Reservations must be made by March 29, 2017 and may be made online at www.springfieldregionalchamber.com or by emailing events@springfieldregionalchamber.com. No walk-ins will be accepted and no cancellations will be accepted once the reservation deadline has passed.

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