'Conversations' to discuss reporting from the White House

April 13, 2011

For Ben Feller, the White House correspondent for the Associated Press, working in the White House is very different from working for the White House. Although his office is in the West Wing, Feller and other members of the press corps constantly balance their relationships with White House personnel in order to maintain the responsibility of accurate reporting.

“The people at the White House have a healthy respect for the dividing line and for what we do,” Feller said. “I think they understand that we don't work for them and certainly we understand it and never let that be confused.”

On the next edition of “Conversations from Penn State,” Feller will discuss his career path, the differences between working with the Obama and Bush White Houses, and reporting quickly and accurately.

“Conversations from Penn State” is a series hosted by veteran interviewer Patty Satalia. The program offers thoughtful, in-depth exchanges with a broad range of remarkable people. In many cases, their trailblazing work has advanced their field and drawn national and worldwide attention.

The show will air at 9 p.m. on April 14, on WPSU-TV. It also will air at 12:30 p.m. on April 18, on the Big Ten Network.

Ben Feller is the White House correspondent for the Associated Press. He has won a number of awards for excellence in journalism including the Merriman Smith Award and the Ford Prize for Distinguished Reporting on the Presidency. Feller joined the AP in Washington in 2003 as a national education reporter and moved to the White House beat in 2006. Before joining the AP, he wrote for The Tampa Tribune, the News & Record in Greensboro, N.C., and the Centre Daily Times in State College, Pa. Feller is a native of Boalsburg. He graduated from Penn State University in 1992 with a degree in journalism.

The show also can be viewed at http://conversations.psu.edu online.

For more than 20 years, Satalia has engaged dynamic individuals from all walks of life and areas of expertise. No matter the guest, Satalia approaches each conversation with the same dedication to research and with a passion for helping people share their stories and insights with the world.

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Last Updated April 13, 2011