A View from Washington
The 2021 Bynum Merritt Hunter Memorial Lecture
One of the most highly respected of cable news journalists, Chris Wallace was chosen to moderate the final 2016 presidential debate and the first 2020 presidential debate. He has established himself as a battled-tested media presence and an authority on presidential history and election politics. Known for his tough interviews, he is often compared to his father, 60 Minutes journalist Mike Wallace. As a teenager, Chris Wallace was an assistant to Walter Cronkite during the 1964 Republican National Convention. After graduating from Harvard University, he worked as a national reporter for The Boston Globe, where he was described by his boss as an “aggressive and ambitious reporter”. His interview of Vladimir Putin received a 2019 Emmy nomination for Best Live Interview. As host of Fox News Sunday he has won every major broadcast news award, including three Emmys and a Peabody Award. He is the author of Character: Profiles in Presidential Courage, and of How to Win an Election. His latest book, Countdown 1945 (2020), tells the story of the atomic bomb and of 116 days that changed the world.