March 17, 2009
On March 17, 2009 — a beautiful St. Patrick’s Day! — Cornerstone members and guests gathered at the Atlanta Botanical Garden for a reception and a chance to meet and hear NPR Senior National Correspondent, Linda Wertheimer.
A respected leader in U.S. media and a beloved figure to listeners who have followed her three-decade NPR career, Wertheimer provides clear-eyed analysis and thoughtful reporting on all NPR News programs. Before taking the Senior National Correspondent post, Wertheimer spent 13 years as a host of NPR’s flagship news magazine, All Things Considered.
Ms. Wertheimer talked about her recent coverage of the 2008 Presidential Election and, more recently, the economy. She said the most interesting work involved talking to voters across America. While she did travel quite a bit during the election, she was certainly glad not to be a part of the press corps covering a candidate day in day out — the way she did when Jimmy Carter ran for President.
Ms. Wertheimer also discussed her view of the economy, specifically the public outrage at corporate bonuses, which was a hot topic of the day. She was watching closely how far the pendulum would swing back toward greater regulation and shared her opinion that it might not be a good thing if it swung too far.
Then WABE’s Denis O’Hayer and John Lemley joined Ms. Wertheimer up front to field some excellent questions from the audience. It was a lovely evening — the refreshing weather, the setting of the Garden, and the intelligent and accomplished company!