Alexander Heffner

Host, The Open Mind on PBS at PBS Open Mind
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Alexander has covered American politics, civic life and Millennials since the 2008 presidential campaign. He is profiled in The Wrap, Mediaite, Raw Story, The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Des Moines Register, Christian Science Monitor, Variety, Medium, and on MSNBC, C-SPAN, NPR, CNN, ABC and the BBC.

His writing appears in The Daily Beast, USA TODAY, WIRED, TIME, Cognoscenti, New York Daily News, NYT’s Room for Debate, Boston Globe and Philadelphia Inquirer, among other publications. He is coauthor of best-selling A Documentary History of the United States (Tantor Media, 2020; Penguin, 2018), and recipient of University of Denver’s Anvil of Freedom Award, Franklin Pierce University’s Fitzwater Medallion for Leadership in Public Communication and Yale University’s Poynter Fellowship in Journalism.

He has lectured at the Newseum, National Constitution Center, Museum of American Finance, FDR Library and Museum, Initiative for Truth at University of Sydney, Center for Information and Bubble Studies at University of Copenhagen, Institute on Constitutional Democracy at University of Missouri, Civil Discourse Lab at the University of New Hampshire, Department of Writing and Rhetoric at University of Mississippi, Center for Constitutional Democracy at Marshall University, Catt Center for Women and Politics at Iowa State, Clarke Forum at Dickinson College, Honors College at Clemson University, Alpha Seminar at Carroll College, among other institutions of learning.

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  • The results of the primaries will test whether the Republican base is still the Trump base. If Trump-endorsed candidates do not perform favorably, the trajectory to the 2024 presidential nomination will appear different, with the potential for independent wings of the party to reemerge.

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