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The new Spring 2013 Class of Resident Fellows is filled with talented and experienced practitioners. It is a pleasure to welcome them to Harvard and show them everything we do at the Institute of Politics. We were able to sit down with each Fellow and ask them a few questions about why they are looking forward to this experience and what students and the Cambridge community can look forward to learning about from each one of them.

John King is CNN’s chief national correspondent and an award-winning journalist whose career spans more than three decades. In his work for CNN and The Associated Press, King has reported from all 50 states and from more than 70 international locations. The 2012 presidential campaign was the seventh presidential election that King has covered, and included moderating three presidential debates during the GOP primaries.


1. Why did you apply to be a Fellow at Harvard University's Institute of Politics?

I have been a fan of and visitor to the IOP for more than 20 years and, when the time was right for me, always wanted to be part of this unique community. It’s a great mix of eager, curious students and experienced voices all committed to improving public service. And – cant lie – it’s home so it’s both a privilege and a treat.

2. What can students and participants expect to learn about during your Study Groups?

We’re going to dig deep on how the remarkable demographic changes in the United States are putting a dramatic stamp on our politics. What we say in 2008 and 2012 is just the opening chapter: as Latinos and the millennial generations grow in size and political influence, for example, we see impact not only at the ballot box but in the policy debates that follow elections as well.

3. What are you most looking forward to this semester?  

I am most looking forward to what is most missing from today’s Washington: an open minded, respectful conversation. Conversations about guns and immigration and gay rights and the size and role of government should be provocative, and sometimes they will be contentious. But they don’t have to be mean spirited or disrespectful, and the IOP community is a great laboratory to prove we should always listen to – and can often learn from – people with whom we might disagree.

Learn more about the Fellows and Study Groups program and about John King's Study Group topic and guests. Also, watch a quirky video interview we shot with John King and his famous "Magic Wall" and follow John King on Twitter for updates on current news, events and life at the IOP.

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