September 19, 2016

Simon Institute director to discuss ‘Campaign 2016’

by Christi Mathis

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- “Campaign 2016” will be the focus when David Yepsen, director of the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, speaks later this month.

The public is welcome to hear his perspectives at 9 a.m. on Sept. 30 at the Dunn-Richmond Economic Development Center, 1740 Innovation Drive in Carbondale, during a meeting of the Emeritus Faculty Organization. There is no cost to attend.

The institute was established by former U.S. Sen. Paul Simon in 1997 and provides initiatives and research regarding public policy, ethical conduct within government and the promotion of responsible citizenship.

Yepsen has served as the director since 2009 and will be retiring at the end of October. He also teaches a political reporting class at the university. Prior to coming to SIU, Yepsen enjoyed a 34-year career at the Des Moines Register. Serving as the chief political writer, editor and columnist, he was heavily involved in the paper’s coverage of nine presidential caucus campaigns spanning the years 1976 to 2008. 

He has previous reporting experience as well and holds a Master of Public Administration degree from Drake University, an undergraduate degree from the University of Iowa and has completed graduate work in journalism and mass communication. Yepsen’s experience also includes serving as a fellow at the Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School and at the Institute of Politics at Harvard.

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