The Future of Truth

At a time when concerns over fake news are at a fever pitch, PEN America, Foreign Policy and the Newseum Institute will bring together a group of experts to explore the evolving role of truth in our national discourse. The conversation, which will include policymakers, journalists, technologists, scholars and intelligence community experts, will center on three core areas where truth is under assault, and what can be done to promote respect for facts, informed, democratic debate, and evidence-based policymaking in this fraught climate.


Journalism and media

  • Michael Oreskes, senior vice president of news and editorial director, NPR
  • Glenn Thrush, White House correspondent, The New York Times
  • Shani Hilton, executive editor for news, Buzzfeed


  • Michael Halpern, deputy director, Center for Science and Democracy at the Union of Concerned Scientists
  • Eli Lehrer, president, R Street Institute
  • Kelly Levin, Senior Associate, World Resources Institute
  • Bob Inglis, Executive Director,
  • Tomas Carbonell, Director of Regulatory Policy and Senior Attorney, Environmental Defense Fund

National security/intelligence gathering

  • Gen. Michael Hayden, former director, Central Intelligence Agency
  • Susan Hennessey, fellow in national security in governance studies, Brookings Institution; managing editor, Lawfare
  • David Sanger, chief Washington correspondent, The New York Times
  • Vikram Singh, vice president of national security and international policy, Center for American Progress


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