AMHERST, Mass. – CNN anchor and chief Washington correspondent Jake Tapper will be the featured speaker at the Undergraduate Commencement at the University of Massachusetts Amherst on Friday, May 11 at 4:30 p.m. at McGuirk Alumni Stadium.
Tapper, who joined CNN in 2013, currently hosts a one-hour weekday program, “The Lead with Jake Tapper,” which debuted in March 2013, and has hosted CNN’s Sunday morning show, “State of the Union,” since June 2015.
Tapper imparts his political expertise on “State of the Union” by conducting interviews with top newsmakers on politics and policy, covering Washington, the country and the world. “The Lead” covers headlines from around the country and the globe with topics ranging from breaking news in politics and world events, to politics, money, sports and popular culture. Most recently, Tapper moderated a town hall discussion in the wake of the tragic school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.
Tapper lent his political expertise to CNN’s 2016 election coverage and moderated two presidential primary debates. On election night, Tapper played a lead role in the network’s coverage of the race and provided analysis on projections throughout the evening.
“We live in an era when press freedom is increasingly under attack,” says UMass Amherst Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy. “Jake Tapper’s steadfast commitment to fact-based debate and responsible journalism in our tumult-filled times has rightly earned him widespread praise and respect. I know our graduating class will be keenly interested in his insights about the changing nature of the media and the American political and cultural landscape.”