Yahoo and Politico have announced that they will team up with The Denver Post and St. Paul Pioneer Press to hold a series of public forums during the upcoming Democratic National Convention in Colorado and Republican National Convention in Minnesota. The series will include eight morning breakfast panels, to be held Aug. 25-28 in Denver and Sept. 1-4 in St. Paul, and will feature top leaders from politics, entertainment and the media. Open to the public and top opinion-makers attending the conventions, these breakfast forums will set the tone for each day of the convention. The forums will also be available online at Politico and Yahoo News, providing the entire nation with an insider’s view of what’s happening each day at the convention.
“The 2008 election is providing one of the most compelling political storylines in recent history, and the conventions will undoubtedly be among the most important chapters,” said Alan Warms, vice president and general manager of Yahoo! News. “Our newsmaker breakfast series will provide a fresh perspective from this year’s cast of political players and give Yahoo! users a unique peek behind the curtain of America’s electoral process.”
“We wanted to find a way to help Colorado residents participate in convention week festivities. Our breakfast conversations will present an exciting roster of speakers to our readers,” said Gregory L. Moore, editor of The Denver Post.
The panels will be moderated by top-level editors from Politico and the host newspapers. The Denver events will be held from 8 to 9:30 a.m. at the Denver Athletic Club. The St. Paul events will be held the following week from 8 to 9:30 a.m. at the Crowne Plaza Hotel – Riverfront.
“It is hard to imagine more exciting partnerships at a more important time in this historic campaign,” said John Harris, Politico editor-in-chief. “These events will offer politicians and the public access to unique and powerful audiences: the local community via the host newspapers, political enthusiasts via Politico and the world via Yahoo! News.”
“Just about every election, Minnesota is at or near the top for voter turnout in the nation. So, here we have the opportunity to add to the political discussion for a savvy, civically engaged populace,” said Thom Fladung, editor of The Pioneer Press. “We’re thrilled to be able to partner with Yahoo! and Politico to do just that.”
Yahoo! Inc. is a leading global Internet brand and one of the most trafficked Internet destinations worldwide. Yahoo! is focused on powering its communities of users, advertisers, publishers and developers by creating indispensable experiences built on trust. Yahoo! is headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif.
POLITICO is a Washington, D.C.-based political journalism organization that distributes its content via the Internet, newspaper, television and radio. Its coverage includes Congress, Washington lobbying and the 2008 presidential election. Politico was launched in January 2007 with the mission of covering politics with enterprise, style and impact. Politico is a publication of Capitol News Co. LLC.
Founded in 1892, The Denver Post has been Colorado’s media leader for over a century. As Colorado’s largest daily broadsheet newspaper, more people get their news and information from The Denver Post and denverpost.com than any other source. The Sunday Denver Post, with a total paid circulation of 600,026, is the ninth-largest newspaper America. In June 2008, denverpost.com was ranked by Google Trends Lab as Colorado’s No. 1 website, receiving more unique visitors than any other site in the state.
The Pioneer Press, Minnesota’s First Newspaper and the winner of three Pulitzer Prizes, prides itself on providing distinctive news coverage readers won’t find anywhere else. Continued circulation and readership increases have further secured the Pioneer Press’ position as the No. 1 newspaper in the Twin Cities’ East Metro market. With a circulation of 252,055, the Sunday Pioneer Press reaches 53 percent of all adults in the market. The daily Pioneer Press, circulation 191,768, reaches 44 percent – approximately twice the number of East Metro adults who read the Pioneer Press’ nearest competitor.