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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 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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The Cascade PBS Ideas Festival brings together journalists, newsmakers, and innovators from around the country to talk about the issues that are animating our cultural conversations. The festival includes live recordings of television and podcasts from The Atlantic, The New Yorker, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Slate, Pushkin, NPR and PBS; as well as community meetups, meet-and-greets, food trucks, DJs, and more.

The Cascade PBS Ideas Festival will take place May 4, 2024, at the Amazon Meeting Center, 2031 Seventh Ave. Seattle, WA 98121.

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