Former journalist, government insider to speak on fake news Feb. 12

Jan 31, 2019
Chet Lunner talks about fake news at the Rockland Public Library Feb. 12.

Rockland — Rockland Public Library, 80 Union St., presents former journalist and retired executive Chet Lunner with a talk on the effect of fake news on society Feb. 12 at 6 p.m. His talk is part of the "World in Your Library Foreign Policy Speaking Series."

With a background in both journalism and the federal government, Lunner has an unusually full perspective on fake news, the First Amendment, and an inside-the-beltway view of our national government. He has worked with, or consulted for USA Today, the U.S. Congress, and the DHS and TSA.

In Congress, he was a senior staffer with the particular ability to work in a bipartisan fashion, playing key roles in the creation and growth of such initiatives as the Faith & Politics Institute, the Congressional Civility Retreats, and the biennial Civil Rights Pilgrimages for members of Congress and their families to Birmingham, Montgomery and Selma, Ala.

He led the Department of Transportation’s response to the terrorist attacks of 9/11, overseeing the entire spectrum of public affairs activities for the Federal Aviation Administration, Coast Guard, Federal Air Marshals Service and TSA, while frequently assisting the White House Press Office.

But before all that, Lunner was a Mainer-by-choice, starting in 1977 when he joined the staff of the Biddeford Journal Tribune, where he quickly rose to be managing editor.

For more information, call 594-0310.

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