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Joni Balter

Journalist & lecturer, Seattle University

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Multimedia journalist Joni Balter is a professional-in-residence and lecturer at the Institute of Public Service at Seattle University. She also teaches at the University of Washington’s Evans Graduate School of Public Policy and Governance. At Seattle U, Balter co-produces a popular quarterly interview program, “Conversations,” which airs on the Seattle Channel. She is also a regular on KUOW’s “Week in Review.” She has been a contributing columnist over the years to Bloomberg Opinion and Crosscut.

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Trump, the Truth and Consequences

Crosscut Festival 2023
Sat May 6, 2023 | 3:45pm

Michael Cohen, former President Trump's personal lawyer and fixer, served three years in prison for payments he made on Trump's behalf to silence two women about their alleged affairs with Trump to influence the election. Now Trump is the first president to be indicted on charges of campaign finance fraud related to the payments. Cohen sits squarely in the middle of today's biggest news story.

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Featuring: Michael Cohen, Joni Balter

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About the Festival

The Crosscut Ideas Festival is a celebration of big ideas and a gathering for bold thinkers. Newsmakers, changemakers and innovators come together to take a fresh look at the biggest issues of our time. Over one week, the Crosscut Ideas Festival hosts fireside conversations and panels, meetups, art installations, workshops, and interactive experiences.

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Celebrate the best of PNW community and culture while supporting public media. Enjoy a night of entertainment with a culinary tour of the region curated by premier chefs and restaurateurs, Hear from The Daily host Michael Barbaro, and bid on a unique items in a PBS and Northwest-themed auction.