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April 24, 2022 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm EDT

Finding Common Ground on Media, Politics, and Polarization

Common Ground Committee

Join Common Ground Committee and Bridge Alliance for a special virtual event to kick off the National Week of Conversation 2022. For decades, journalists Chris Wallace and Jonathan Karl have covered the political scene – from interviewing Vladimir Putin to covering President Biden’s inauguration. Now, hear their insights as they seek common ground on how the media impacts American attitudes, and how public trust can be restored as news outlets navigate a changing landscape. Register now for this candid conversation with two award-winning journalists, moderated by former CBS News correspondent and author Jacqueline Adams.
Featured Panelists:


Chris Wallace, CNN+ anchor and former host of Fox News Sunday, is one of the country’s most prominent broadcast journalists. Over his decades-long career, he reported from the ABC News desk as a senior correspondent for Primetime and 20/20, and as an anchor on NBC News’ Meet the Press. Chris has won every major broadcast news award, including three Emmys. In 2016, he earned praise from both sides of the aisle for his sterling performance moderating the final presidential debate between Hilary Clinton and Donald Trump. In 2019, Chris was nominated for an Emmy for Best Live Interview for his interview of Russian President Vladimir Putin.


Jonathan Karl is the Chief Washington Correspondent for ABC News and the co-anchor of This Week with George Stephanopoulos. Karl is the former president of the White House Correspondents’ Association and served as the Chief White House Correspondent for ABC News from December 2012 through the end of the Trump administration in January 2021.

He is the author of the 2020 book “Front Row at the Trump Show” and the 2021 book “Betrayal: The Final Act of the Trump Show.” Both books are New York Times bestsellers.


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Jacqueline Adams launched a second career as a communications strategist after more than two decades as an Emmy Award-winning CBS News correspondent. Ms. Adams covered the groundbreaking campaigns of Jesse Jackson for President and Geraldine Ferraro for Vice President before spending five years as a White House correspondent during the Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush administrations. Through her firm, J Adams: Strategic Communications, LLC, she now counsels both corporate and nonprofit clients. Ms. Adams is the author of “A Blessing: Women of Color Teaming Up to Lead, Empower and Thrive.”


Event Presented By: Common Ground Committee

Common Ground Committee (CGC) is a nonpartisan, nonprofit 501(c)3 citizen-led organization dedicated to fostering more progress and less division in politics. Since its founding in 2009, CGC has held 14 public forums featuring panelists who have reached over 200 points of consensus. Panelists have included such notable pairings as John Kerry and Condoleezza Rice, David Petraeus and Susan Rice, Michael Steele and Donna Brazile, and Larry Kudlow and Barney Frank, exploring issues ranging from race and income inequality to foreign policy. CGC produces the “Let’s Find Common Ground” podcast series, which has had over 100 thousand downloads. CGC also created the Common Ground Scorecard, a voting tool that scores politicians and candidates for public office on their likelihood to find common ground with the opposite party. Free of political agenda and financial influence, CGC has a singular focus on bringing light, not heat, to public discourse.

Event Co-Sponsored By: Bridge Alliance

Bridge Alliance is a coalition of more than 90 organizations working to improve government effectiveness through civic reform and civil discourse, for the National Week of Conversation 2022. As an annual event powered by the #ListenFirst Coalition, the National Week of Conversation invites Americans of all stripes to listen, extend grace, and discover common interests with the goal of transforming division into connection and understanding.