14 May, 2012
THE ROAD TO THE WHITE HOUSE: THE 2012 U.S. PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS
David A. Yepsen, David Yepsen, Director of the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at Southern Illinois University provided a brief off-the-record overview on the latest United States political climate and the coming presidential election. He also shared with AMCHAM members on the U.S. modern democratic experience, the American electoral process, candidates and issues involved in this year’s Presidential elections. The briefing took place on May 14th, 2012 co-hosted by Intercontinental Hotel, Kuala Lumpur.
Mr David’s main focus points of his session was the following:
- Position and Potential of the Presidential Candidates
- Issues about 2012 U.S. Elections
- Political Policies and Implications
David Yepsen is a graduate from the University of Iowa of 1972 and has pursued his graduate work in journalism and mass communication at Iowa State University. In 1985, he earned a Masters in Public Administration (MPA) degree from Drake University. In 1989, he was a fellow at the Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School.
Prior to joining The Register and Tribune in 1974, Mr. Yepsen worked for two years as a reporter for the Quad City Times in Davenport, Iowa. In 1977 he became a statehouse reporter for the Register and chief political reporter in 1983. In 1994 he was named political editor and in 2000 became the Register's full-time political columnist. In November, 1994, the American Political Hotline named Mr. Yepsen one of "America's best political reporters outside the Beltway." In 1997, the Washingtonian Magazine named him one of the "best Washington reporters who doesn't live in Washington" and in 2000 named him to their list of "all-star" political writers. Readers of Brill's Content magazine also voted him the "best columnist" in Des Moines in 2001 and 2002. In 2001, his editors awarded him the Register's "Best Commentary" award. In the late 1980s, Mr. Yepsen served as a part-time instructor at Drake University where he taught a course entitled "The Press, The Politician and The Public Manager". In 2008, he was a fellow at the Institute of Politics at Harvard where he led a study group on the nation's presidential selection processes. David Yepsen became director of the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at Southern Illinois University Carbondale in April 2009.