May 22, 2024 6:00 - 7:30 pm

Prepare to journey behind the scenes of America's power hub as we sit down with the remarkable Michael Collins, once a reporter for the Cincinnati Post and The Kentucky Post and now USA Today's White House correspondent. In this engaging expert panel discussion, we'll delve into the inner workings of the White House press room, uncovering the intricate dance of reporters, officials, and the President. Gain insights into the highs and lows of traveling with the Commander-in-Chief and breaking world-changing news. Hailing from Whitesburg, Kentucky, Michael's journey to the heart of political journalism – covering one presidential funeral, two papal visits, six inaugurations, and 15 White House Correspondent Dinners, as well as riding on Air Force One eight times and taking 55 (and counting) COVID tests – is an inspiring tale in itself. Join us for an enlightening evening as we unravel the stories behind the headlines and the incredible career of a journalist who brings the White House to the world.  

Featured Panelist

  • Michael Collins, USA Today White House correspondent
  • Panel facilitated by Maryanne Zeleznik, Cincinnati Public Radio’s Vice President of News and 'Morning Edition' Host


Clifton Cultural Arts Center 3412 Clifton Ave Cincinnati, OH 45220


$10 in advance, $12 at the door

Thank you to our generous sponsors

Scripps Howard Fund
Drs. Patricia Klein and Reid Hartmann
Michael Collins is a White House correspondent for USA Today. He has been a Washington-based reporter for over 20 years, first with Scripps Howard News Service, where he covered Congress and other issues for Scripps' papers in Ohio, Kentucky, California, and Tennessee. He has been with USA Today for eight years and covered the White House for the past five years. As a White House correspondent, he has reported from France, Italy, Poland, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Before arriving in the nation’s capital, Collins was a reporter for The Cincinnati Post and its sister paper, The Kentucky Post in Covington. He spent five years in Frankfort, Ky., as The Kentucky Post’s state capital bureau chief, where he covered the governor and the legislature. He also served as night city editor and editorial writer. A native of Whitesburg, Ky., he is a 1984 graduate of Western Kentucky University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism and served as editor of the student newspaper, the College Heights Herald. He is a member of the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame and the recipient of the 2019 College Heights Herald Award for outstanding contributions in journalism. Maryanne Zeleznik came to 91.7 WVXU in 2005 from WNKU where she served as News and Public Affairs Director for 20 years. At WVXU, she is responsible for all news and public affairs programming, hosts Morning Edition Monday through Friday, and fills in to host Cincinnati Edition. Maryanne has won numerous regional and national journalism awards including the Leo C. Lee Award for significant contributions to public radio news from the Public Radio News Directors Incorporated, as well as awards from Ohio Associated Press, Ohio Society of Professional Journalists, and the Cincinnati Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. She was named Best Talk Show Host in Cincinnati in 2017 by CityBeat readers.   In 2016, The Salesian Guild honored her as Distinguished Communicator of the year. She lives in Fort Thomas with her husband, daughter and their dog Zoe.