DC WonkComms Breakfast Club: Leveraging the News Cycle

Having trouble keeping up with the latest news (and tweets)? Wondering how think tanks can better work with journalists and get facts in front of the eyes of the public in today’s rapid news cycle?

We’re here to help!

The first of our newly-launched WonkComms Breakfast Club events in Washington, DC will focus on think tanks’ relationships with the news media and reaching broader news consumers.

WonkComms’ Breakfast Club brings together policy communications professionals to share best practice and their own experiences of what works (and what doesn’t) over croissants and coffee.

Featured Speakers

Jacob Schlesinger, Senior correspondent, Wall Street Journal Washington bureau covering economics and the 2020 campaign

Schlesinger has split the past quarter century between Washington and Tokyo for the Journal, covering politics, diplomacy, and economic policy. He has also worked as Tokyo bureau chief and deputy Washington bureau chief. Before beginning his current beat, he covered trade and globalization. He also worked as the Journal’s global financial regulation editor, launching a WSJ product focused on that subject. Schlesinger is the author of Shadow Shoguns: The Rise and Fall of Japan’s Postwar Political Machine, published in 1997 by Simon & Schuster. He was a member of the Journal team winning the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for explanatory reporting. In 2014, he was given the Shorenstein Journalism Award from Stanford’s Asia-Pacific Research Center. He covers economics and the 2020 campaign for the Journal.

Melina Kolb, Digital Communications Manager, Peterson Institute for International Economics


Linda Roth, Vice President of External Relations, Wilson Center, and former broadcast journalist, CNN


Thursday, 25 July 2019, 9:00–10:30am
Peterson Institute for International Economics, Washington, DC



Joe Miller is the Director of the DC studio of Soapbox, a design and digital agency that focuses on creative communications for ideas that matter. He has led digital strategy projects at Eastern Research Group, The Century Foundation, and the Congressional Budget Office. Prior to his shift to content strategy, we was a senior staff writer at FactCheck.org, a copywriter with the Mack/Crounse Group and an assistant professor of philosophy at the University of North Carolina—Pembroke and the United States Military Academy. He received his PhD in political philosophy from the University of Virginia, his MA in philosophy from Virginia Tech, and his BA in philosophy from Hampden-Sydney College.

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