Continuing a cruise industry-wide trend of adding onboard enrichment programming to what they already do, American Queen Steamboat Company will host Washington Week: Your Election 2012 HQ on the AQ, a truly one-of-a-kind river voyage experience this September as Washington Week, the longest running primetime news and public affairs program on television, takes to the waters of the Mississippi River aboard the American Queen to talk about the 2012 Presidential Election.
Guests are invited to a live 2012 Presidential Election taping of Washington Week in St. Louis, Missouri, before boarding the grandest steamboat in the world for thoughtful round-table discussions hosted by Gwen Ifill and Hari Sreenivasan from PBS Newshour centering on the 2012 Presidential Election. All the while, the glorious colors of fall will decorate the landscape.
Join Moderator, Managing Editor and best-selling author Gwen Ifill, along with NewsHour correspondent Hari Sreenivasan, as they host a panel of expert political analysts while Washington Week sails the waters of the majestic Upper Mississippi River. This enlightening 7-night journey from St. Louis, Missouri to St. Paul, Minnesota, on September 27 to October 5, 2012 will combine, leisure, luxury and learning, which we like to refer to as Edutainment.
With an included pre-voyage luxury hotel stay in St. Louis this voyage becomes an immersive 9-day holiday. Guests will be a part of public television in the making, attending a taping of Washington Week, the longest running primetime news and public affairs program on television and winner of a 2008 Peabody Award. Then board the grandest, most opulent steamboat ever built to traverse the beautiful upper Mississippi River draped in the grandeur of fall colors. Ifill and Sreenivasan will conduct thought-provoking panel discussions examining the topics of the day, centering on the upcoming 2012 Presidential Election.
GWEN IFILL is Moderator and Managing Editor of Washington Week and Senior Correspondent for the PBS NewsHour. She is also the best-selling author of The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama. A native of New York City, Ifill graduated from Simmons College in Boston. She has received more than 20 honorary doctorates and currently serves on the boards of the News Literacy Project and the Committee to Protect Journalists. She is also a fellow with the American Academy of Sciences.
Before coming to PBS NewsHour in 1999, Ifill was chief congressional and political correspondent for NBC News, White House correspondent for The New York Times, and a local and national political reporter for The Washington Post. She also reported for the Baltimore Evening Sun and the Boston Herald America
HARI SREENIVASAN joined PBS NewsHour as an online and on-air correspondent in December 2009. Prior to coming to NewsHour, Hari worked at CBS News, where he reported regularly on the CBS Evening News, The Early Show and CBS Sunday Morning. Before that, he served as an anchor and correspondent for ABC News, working extensively on the network’s 24-hour digital service “ABC News Now.” Hari also reported for World News Tonight with Peter Jennings and Nightline with Ted Koppel. He also anchored the overnight program World News Now.
Hari’s work goes beyond PBS NewsHour and has been nominated for an Emmy both at CBS News and the PBS NewsHour, and he is the recipient of multiple Outstanding Broadcast Story Awards from the South Asian Journalists Association, an organization for which he served as a board member from 2001-04.
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