A Conversation with Paul Volpe of POLITICO

image of Paul Volpe with Kirk Bado
Paul Volpe, executive editor at POLITICO, and Kirk Bado, UNC graduate student

On April 5, the UNC Hussman School of Journalism and Media welcomed Paul Volpe to campus to share his experience working as the executive editor at POLITICO and, previously, as a journalist at The Washington Post and The New York Times. He spoke to an audience of mostly graduate students who asked him how national news outlets like POLITICO covered the 2016 Election in “flyover country” before and after the election, how local media might become partners with larger national news outlets, and what the industry needs in its next leaders.
Kirk Bado, a graduate student in reporting, helped organize Volpe’s visit to UNC and interviewed him for this podcast. Listen to their conversation below for Volpe’s thoughts on the immense transition reporting has undergone in the last two decades, the “Trump effect” on national news consumption as compared to local media, and the current state of civic engagement.