White House Correspondent to Speak at Texas Tech

Ellen Ratner will talk about her journalism career from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday (Sept. 20) in the library.

Written by Tricia Earl

As a White House correspondent, Ratner provides exclusive reports to talk radio stations from Congress and other government agencies.

As a White House correspondent, Ratner provides exclusive reports to talk radio stations from Congress and other government agencies.

Ellen Ratner, White House correspondent and bureau chief for the Talk Radio News Service, will speak about her life as a journalist and activist from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday (Sept. 20) at Texas Tech.

The event will be held in Room 153 of the Teaching, Learning & Technology Center (TLTC) located on the ground level of the University Library. Her visit is co-sponsored by the Women’s Studies Program and Parents, Family & Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) of Lubbock.

“We are pleased to have Ms. Ratner speak here on campus and to hear her discuss how she balances her career as a journalist and her activism to fight hunger in Southern Sudan,” said Patricia Earl, coordinator and instructor with the Women’s Studies Program.

Ratner covers the White House and provides exclusive reports to talk radio stations from Congress and other government agencies. In addition, she is a credentialed reporter at the United Nations in New York, where Talk Radio News Service has a bureau.

Currently, Ratner is seen on Fox News' “The Strategy Room” and is heard on more than 400 radio stations across the United States. She was the only talk show host granted two interviews with President Bill Clinton.

Ratner is the political editor and Washington bureau chief for Talkers Magazine, the “bible” of the talk media industry. Her latest book, “Ready, Set, Talk! A Guide to Getting Your Message Heard by Millions on Talk Radio, Talk Television, and Talk Internet,” was published in July 2006.

A graduate of Harvard and Goddard College in Plainfield Vermont, Ratner is also the author of “The Other Side of the Family: A Book for Recovery from Abuse, Incest and Neglect,” published by Health Communications in 1990. In February 1997, Ratner published “101 Ways to Get Your Progressive Ideas on Talk Radio,” published by National Press Books and Talkers Magazine. She was executive producer of “Voices from Mississippi” which won the New York Festival’s radio award for the talk radio interview/special category in 2006.

This event is FREE and open to the public. Pre-registration is requested. To register visit the TLTC web site at https://www.tltc.ttu.edu and click on “schedule of events.”  For non-TTU personnel please contact the TLTC at (806) 742-0133 to register.

The Women’s Studies Program is a part of the Division of Institutional Diversity, Equity and Community Engagement.

For more information on this and other events please visit our web site here.


Women's Studies Program

Started in 1981, the Women's Studies Program is an interdisciplinary program that examines the cultural and social construction of gender, explores the history, experiences and contributions of women to society, and studies the influences of gender on the lives of women and men. The program emphasizes critical thinking across disciplines vital to success during and following formal education.

Texas Tech offers a minor in Women's Studies. Goals of the minor include helping students interpret concepts of gender and gendered identities in different social, cultural and political contexts.

The program is administered by the Director of Women's Studies. A minor in Women's Studies consists of 18 hours of courses as approved by the director.

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