Friends of NIU Libraries present ‘Election 2012: The voters get their say’

Online Staff Report

The Friends of NIU Libraries invite the public to attend “Election 2012: The voters get their say and what lies ahead” with Rick Pearson at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 15. The program will be held in the staff lounge on the lower level of Founders Memorial Library on the NIU campus in DeKalb.

Rick Pearson is the political writer for the Chicago Tribune, a position he has held since September 1997.

An award-winning journalist, Pearson has spent more than three decades reporting on Illinois government and politics. He also has traveled the country as part of the Tribune’s presidential election coverage teams. He covered both George W. Bush’s campaigns and the 2004 Democratic primary race. In 2007, Pearson was one of the first reporters to set up shot in Iowa for the leadoff caucuses and spent the next 18 months covering candidates in both parties, including a former state senator whom he began covering in Springfield in1996 named Barack Obama.

In addition to his duties for the Chicago Tribune, Pearson also regularly reports for WGN radio and television. He covered the Democratic and Republican national conventions – his seventh election cycle attending the country’s premier presidential nominating events.

Pearson has been a guest on numerous local, national and international broadcast television and radio programs, ranging from WGN-TV to CNN and the BBC.

Pearson joined the Chicago Tribune in September 1988 as a suburban reporter and later served as Statehouse correspondent in Springfield for eight years. Previously, he was Illinois political editor for United Press International in Springfield and political editor for the Rockford Register-Star.

This event is free and open to the public. Free parking is available after 7 p.m. in the Visitors’ Parking Lot located on Carroll Avenue. This lot is just west of Founders Memorial Library. A campus map is available on the NIU Campus Parking Services website at: For questions, call (815) 753-8091.

Posted Nov. 14, 2012

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