”All the News That’s Fit to Print: A Conversation With Former Boston Globe Columnist Eileen McNamara & State House News Service Publisher Craig Sandler”

Representative Jay Kaufman’s award winning public policy forum, “OPEN HOUSE,” takes a post-election look at the Presidential race, and the media’s role in shaping the debate in “All the News That’s Fit to Print: A Conversation With Former Boston Globe Columnist Eileen McNamara & State House News Service Publisher Craig Sandler.” The forum, the fourth of the 22nd season of “OPEN HOUSE,” will be held on Thursday, December 15th, from 7PM-8PM, at the historic Depot (13 Depot Square in Lexington Center).

Joining Representative Kaufman is Brandeis University Professor of Journalism Eileen McNamara. A graduate of Barnard College and Columbia University School of Journalism, Ms. McNamara spent nearly 30 years at The Boston Globe, where she covered everything from the nightly police beat to the United States Congress. First hired as a newsroom secretary, she worked her way through the ranks, reaching the position of columnist in 1995. She won the Pulitzer Prize for commentary in 1997, after having spearheaded the Globe’s coverage of the clergy abuse scandal, writing several pieces that prompted the Globe’s “Spotlight Team” to look into the cases she first reported. Craig Sandler is owner and publisher of The State House News Service (SHNS), an independent wire service that has been covering Massachusetts state government in depth for over 100 years. The SHNS is widely considered the “go-to” news source of record for the working press and a wide range of governmental affairs professionals. They deliver a continual, rich stream of objective and accurate reporting on virtually every aspect of state government and the daily life of the State House. They also provide gavel-to-gavel coverage of the Massachusetts House and Senate. Previously, he was the General Manager of the News Service of Florida, and before that, served as a staff journalist at MassINC.

What is the role of the press in covering Presidential campaigns and political news in general? Did media bias permeate the 2016 Presidential elections? Is CNN really the “Clinton News Network?” Is Fox News actually “fair and balanced?” What are journalistic “best practices” and how were they challenged in the just-completed campaign? What can we expect going forward? Don’t miss this forum December 15th, from 7PM-8PM, at the historic Depot in Lexington Center (13 Depot Square in Lexington Center). As always; the forum will take its shape largely from questions from the audience. Questions can also be submitted in advance at jay.kaufman@mahouse.gov, or tweet your questions to @repjaykaufman. 


In 1997, OPEN HOUSE was awarded the prestigious Beacon Award, cable television’s equivalent of an Emmy. The series was also named the best television series by Massachusetts Cable Television Commission. The OPEN HOUSE series is produced through a partnership between Representative Kaufman and LexMedia which records the forums for broadcast in Lexington and Woburn.