Fox News Channel correspondent Tucker Carlson And White House insider Doug Sosnik

at MPLP Dinner on Feb. 26 and Breakfast on Feb. 27 Tucker Carlson, political news correspondent and conservative commentator for the Fox News Channel, will join author and analyst Doug Sosnik at Michigan State University’s Michigan Political Leadership Program’s annual dinner and breakfast this Thursday and Friday.

Complications from a recent surgery have prevented Nicolle Wallace, bestselling author and co-host of ABC-TV’s “The View,” from appearing at the annual events.

“Carlson stepped right up and is excited about speaking at Thursday’s dinner in Livonia and Friday’s breakfast in Grand Rapids,” said Douglas B. Roberts, Ph.D., director of MSU’s Institute for Public Policy and Social Research. “We’re delighted that Tucker Carlson will be with us,” Roberts said.

Both authors, Carlson and Sosnik are both known for their ability to speak out nationally on presidential politics, crisis communications and political campaigns in books, magazines and television.

Carlson is co-host of Fox and Friends Weekend and editor-in-chief of Carlson joined Fox from MSNBC. Previously he was the co-host of Crossfire on CNN. During the same period, Carlson also hosted a weekly public affairs program on PBS.

Carlson has reported from around the world, and has been a columnist for New York magazine and Reader’s Digest. He currently writes for Esquire, The New York Times magazine and The Daily Beast.

Carlson began his journalism career at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette newspaper in Little Rock. His most recent book is entitled “Politicians, Partisans and Parasites: My Adventures in Cable News.” In 2006, he appeared on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars.

Sosnik served for six years as senior adviser to President Bill Clinton, playing a key role in policy, strategy and communications. He now advises Fortune 100 corporations and the National Basketball Association.

He’s co-author of “Applebee’s America: What Political, Business and Religious Leaders Can Learn from Each Other.”

Tickets and sponsorships at both events remain available, Roberts said. Tickets and sponsorships are available by calling MPLP Administrator Linda Cleary at 517-353-0891 or online.

IPPSR is MSU’s College of Social Science home for MPLP, one of the nation’s premier training grounds in political leadership.

Each year, MPLP trains 24 Fellows, selected through competitive application and interviews. They undergo 10 months of training, meeting a weekend each month at sites around Michigan.

During rigorous training sessions, MPLP Fellows learn from some of the state’s top leaders, tour businesses and communities and take part in hands-on exercises to expand budgeting, communications and policy analysis skills.

The dinner and breakfast raise the majority funds to provide fellowships valued at $12,000 each.

The 2015 MPLP dinner is Thursday, Feb. 26 at 6 p.m. at Laurel Manor and Banquet Center in Livonia. Breakfast follows on Friday, Feb. 27 at 7:30 a.m. at the JW Marriott in downtown Grand Rapids.

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