Correspondent and Columnist to Speak at BCA Annual Meeting

02-Nov-2011

Major Garrett, congressional correspondent and columnist for the National Journal, will join the Business Council of Alabama as the keynote speaker at its annual meeting Dec. 2 in Birmingham.

Garrett, before returning to his roots as a print journalist at the National Journal, was a member of CNN’s White House team and later became the chief White House correspondent for Fox News Channel. Garrett will update BCA members on today’s political landscape, provide insight into Congress, and discuss the role of the media and how viewers can understand the stories being reported.

Before his television career, Garrett was a reporter for The Houston Post, the Amarillo Globe-News and the Las Vegas Review-Journal. He also served as a national reporter for U.S. News and World Report and The Washington Times, where he covered the impeachment of President Clinton.

Garrett made the jump to television news in 2000 when he joined the CNN team covering the White House, followed two years later by a move to Fox News as a general assignment reporter. While at Fox, Garrett served as the congressional correspondent, covered the War on Terror, and both the 2004 and 2008 elections. In 2009, Fox News made Garrett its chief White House correspondent where he served until 2010 when he left to become the congressional correspondent for the National Journal, a weekly magazine that reports on the current political environment and emerging political and policy trends. He also pens his own weekly column, “All Powers,” which focuses on Congress and national politics.

Garrett has authored four books - The Enduring Revolution: The Inside Story of the Republican Ascendancy and Why It Will Continue (2006), The Enduring Revolution: How the Contract with America Continues to Shape the Nation (2005), The Fifteen Biggest Lies in Politics (2000), and Common Cents: A Retiring Six-Term Congressman Reveals How Congress Really Works-And What We Must Do to Fix It (1995).

Garrett is graduate of the University of Missouri with degrees in journalism and political science.

The meeting and luncheon will be held in conjunction with the Chamber of Commerce Association of Alabama Annual Meeting at the Harbert Center in Birmingham at 11:30 a.m. To make your reservation, contact Susan Carothers, 334-240-8711, or susanc@bcatoday.org.