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Making Sense of the Midterms

Nov 14, 2018 from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
WHYY, Inc, Philadelphia, PA
Event Summary

How did the midterms play out in our region? Did the predicted “blue wave” show up? How did the huge crop of women candidates fare? What did we learn, and what does it mean for the next two years? Join some of our region’s best political experts while they hash over the results and answer your pressing questions. 

Event Details


Featured panelists:

Dave Davies, senior reporter, WHYY

Holly Otterbein, politics and government reporter, The Inquirer

Jonathan Tamari, Washington correspondent, The Inquirer

Errin Whack, reporter, Associated Press 

Solomon Jones, host of "Your Voice with Solomon Jones" on Praise 107.9 FM 

Moderated by John Baer, columnist, The Inquirer

About the panelists

Dave Davies has covered local politics and government in Philadelphia for more than 30 years. He loves the speed, reach and versatility of the 'net but believes journalists should still check their facts, give folks in the hot seat their say, and think before they hit Send. He’ll write about local and national topics. Dave is currently senior reporter for WHYY, and a contributor and fill-in host for Fresh Air with Terry Gross. He was reporter and columnist for the Philadelphia Daily News for 19 years, and before that was city hall bureau chief for KYW News Radio and city hall correspondent for WHYY. He’s a Texas native who’s spent his working life in Philadelphia. Before getting into journalism, he worked as a teacher, cab driver and welder.

Holly Otterbein covers politics and government in the Philadelphia region for the Inquirer, Daily News and She also report on all things outrageous, hilarious and bizarre in the political world for the "Clout" column. She previously worked for Philadelphia Magazine, NPR affiliate WHYY, and Philadelphia City Paper. 

Jonathan Tamari is the Inquirer's national political reporter, based in Washington, D.C. He reports on national politics and policy, as well as the public officials and issues affecting Pennsylvania and New Jersey. He has been based in Washington since 2012. Before that he covered the Philadelphia Eagles and New Jersey state government and politics. 

Errin Haines Whack is The Associated Press' National Writer on race and ethnicity. Errin covers the intersection of race, politics and culture. During the midterm elections, her reporting focused on the influence of black women as candidates, voters and organizers. Errin Whack is an award-winning reporter who has also worked at the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times and the Orlando Sentinel. In 2017, she was named the Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists' Print Journalist of the Year. Errin is an Atlanta native and practicing Philadelphian who moved to the city in 2015 with her husband, Lee, and dog, Ginger.

Solomon Jones is the host of “Your Voice” on Philadelphia’s Praise 107.9 FM. Jones’s award-winning column appears weekly in both the Philadelphia Daily News and the Philadelphia Inquirer, and his work is also published frequently in newspapers nationwide. Jones, the Essence bestselling author of eight novels and two short story collections, has been featured nationally on CNN, Nightline, NPR, TV One, Primetime Justice, and Al Jazeera. He is also a blogger and commentator for WHYY. Jones's latest novel, The Dead Man's Wife, was published in 2012 by St. Martin’s Press. Jones is currently at work on his next novel.

About the moderator

Philadelphia Inquirer columnist John Baer was tagged in 2002 by the National Journal as one of the nation’s top 10 political journalists outside Washington. The Journal said Baer “has the ability to take the skin off of a politician without making it hurt too much.” A graduate of Mount St. Mary’s University in Maryland, he holds a Masters Degree from Temple University, was a Congressional Fellow in Washington under the auspices of the American Political Science Association and a Fellow of Loyola University School of Law’s inaugural Journalists Law School program in Los Angeles.

He is author of the book “On the Front Lines of Pennsylvania Politics: Twenty-Five Years of Keystone Reporting” (The History Press, 2012).



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Nov 14, 2018 from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM EST
150 North 6th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
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