My Mikwaukee Public Radio interview with Gideon Yago


A few weeks ago, Marquette University brought me out to Wisconsin to join journalists from Fox, MSNBC, CBS and others to discuss the future of journalism. While out there, I tought an intro class on media studies, met with the campus chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists and headlined a campus comedy show. It was a great trip!

Among all this greatness, however, a highlight was getting to hang out with Gideon Yago, formerly of MTV News. One of the journalism panelists commented something along the lines of "Why are we getting schooled on journalism by the guys from MTV and The Onion?"

Gideon and I got to share the mic in a fun interview on "Lake Effect" hosted by Mitch Teich of Milwaukee Public Radio. Their description of the segment is below:

We talk with two journalists about whether entertainment has eclipsed news coverage. Gideon Yago was born in Madison, but raised in New York. He worked as a correspondent for MTV News, winning awards for his coverage of the war in Iraq. More recently, he has worked as a screenwriter. Baratunde Thurston is the director of digital for The Onion. They spoke with Mitch Teich while they were in Milwaukee for a forum at Marquette University about whether entertainment has eclipsed news.