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24 April 2017

The Annual Spring Festival guest lecture hosted by the Senator George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice at Queen’s, will be delivered by Belfast man Niall Stanage, Associate Editor and White House columnist for political insider newspaper, The Hill.


‘Inside the Trump White House’ will be given at 6.30pm on Thursday 27 April at the Peter Froggatt Centre, on Queen’s main campus.


The Washington-based journalist has covered four presidential elections and is a regular political commentator on both sides of the Atlantic, most frequently for MSNBC, Sky News and the BBC. He will be returning to his native city to offer an exclusive insight into, and assessment of, President Trump’s first 100 days.


Niall Stanage was born in 1974 in Belfast and attended Carryduff Primary School and Methodist College Belfast. He went on to read English at St Edmund Hall, Oxford, graduating in 1995.


‘Inside the Trump White House’ will offer insights from the 2016 presidential election campaign trail, reveal what it’s like to report from inside the White House (where he attends on an almost daily basis) on the present administration and will evaluate the most controversial President of modern times.


The former editor of Irish current affairs magazine Magill – who writes The Memo, a widely read column in The Hill – covered the 2016 US presidential election extensively. He reported first-hand from the early caucuses in Iowa, through the party conventions and presidential debates, and from Trump headquarters on the extraordinary Election Day on Tuesday, November 8, 2016.


He has covered US presidential elections since 2004 and wrote a best-selling book on Barack Obama's 2008 quest for the White House, entitled Redemption Song: An Irish Reporter inside the Obama Campaign, published in December 2008. This was one of the first books published anywhere to cover the entirety of Barack Obama's 2008 campaign for the Presidency of the United States.


Mr Stanage said he was looking forward to the lecture: “Covering the Trump campaign last year and Barack Obama's in 2008 gave me a ringside seat for the two most dramatic presidential elections in decades.


“My lecture will look at the reasons Trump won, what it was like to see the campaign unfold and how I view the first 100 days of the Trump era,” he added.


The lecture, which starts at 6.30pm on April 27 in the Peter Froggatt Centre at Queen’s, will be chaired by Queen’s graduate Barry Turley (MA, Irish politics) of Turley PR and Public Affairs. For further details click here; to register for this free event, please click here.


The lecture is being organised in association with QPol – Policy Engagement at Queen's.


Media inquiries to QPol by email or by phone to +44 (0)28 9097 2589.


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