Jake Tapper

An Evening with Jake Tapper

June 14, 2018
Thursday, June 14, 2018
Duke Energy Center for the Arts, The Mahaffey Theater
Tickets: $50-$75; VIP Experience: $175

Political Thrillers, Fact and Fiction

The Poynter Institute is pleased to bring Jake Tapper, author, anchor and chief Washington correspondent for CNN, to Tampa Bay for a community conversation. Tapper will share his insights from covering politics for decades and talk about his new book, “The Hellfire Club," which is set in 1950s, McCarthy-era Washington.

The conversation will be moderated by Indira Lakshmanan, Poynter’s Newmark Chair for Journalism Ethics. 

Duke Energy Center for the Arts
The Mahaffey Theater
400 1st Street South
St. Petersburg, FL

Thursday, June 14, 2018
5:30 p.m.  VIP Experience Reception
7:30 p.m.  Community Conversation


VIP Experience—$175 per ticket for:

  • pre-event VIP reception with heavy hors d'oeuvres and open bar
  • copy of "The Hellfire Club"
  • opportunity to meet Jake Tapper and have your book signed
  • premium seating for the conversation

The VIP experience is limited to the first 250 customers.

General Admission, Conversation Only— $50-$75 per ticket, depending on location in the theater 


Tickets are on sale now and seating is limited.

Purchase your tickets today!


About Jake Tapper

Jake Tapper is an award-winning journalist and author. He is currently the Chief Washington Correspondent for CNN, anchor of the CNN weekday television news show “The Lead with Jake Tapper,” and host of the Sunday morning program, “State of the Union.”

“In this era, consensus journalists—those who are respected across America’s partisan divide—are not supposed to exist,” wrote Graham Vyse in The New Republic this year. “And yet, Tapper has become perhaps the most widely praised journalist working in TV today.”

Respected by people across the political spectrum, Tapper reports crisply and evenly out of a chaotic Washington. Recently, he interviewed former FBI director James Comey in what was considered the most hard-hitting conversation during Comey’s media blitz. He led a highly-praised town hall on the gun-control debate with parents and survivors in Parkland. He moderated 2016 presidential primary debates and has covered multiple presidencies. On his shows, he consistently calls out falsehoods and does not accept “alternative facts.”

Tapper has been a widely-respected reporter in the nation's capital for more than 15 years. His reporting on the 2016 election has been recognized with a number of awards, including a 2017 Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Television Political Journalism.

Poynter’s Lakshmanan will talk with Tapper about ethics, trust in the media, and the comparisons we can make between his new novel and now.  

This special evening is a fundraising event benefiting The Poynter Institute, a non-profit school for professional journalists, and The Bill Edwards Foundation for the Arts. Your contribution will serve democracy by strengthening journalism and support the local arts community.

Please call Elisa Jackson, executive director of the Poynter Foundation, at (727) 553-4676 to inquire about sponsorship opportunities.



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