10/22/20 HRTS Virtual | Newsmaker Luncheon Lawrence O’Donnell: The State of the Free Press Speakers

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Lawrence O’Donnell
Host of MSNBC’s “The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell”

Lawrence O’Donnell hosts “The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell” at 10 PM on MSNBC. Each night, O’Donnell relies on his extraordinary background in politics, entertainment, and news, to provide the last word on the biggest issues and most compelling stories of the day.

O’Donnell joined MSNBC as a political analyst in 1996. He is an Emmy Award-winning executive producer and writer for the NBC series “The West Wing” and creator and executive producer of the NBC series, “Mister Sterling.”

From 1989 through 1992, O’Donnell served as Senior Advisor to Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan. In 1992, he was Chief of Staff to the Senate Committee on the Environment and Public Works. From 1993 through 1995 he was the Chief of Staff of the Senate Finance Committee. He first began working with Sen. Moynihan as Director of Communications in the Senator’s 1988 re-election campaign.

A writer prior to entering politics and government, O’Donnell published the book Deadly Force (1983), which was adapted as a CBS movie in 1986. He has written essays and articles for several publications including The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, New York Magazine, People, Spy, and Boston Magazine. O’Donnell has also appeared on NBC News’ “Today,” “Good Morning America,” “Nightline,” “Charlie Rose,” and several other programs. Suffolk University awarded O’Donnell an honorary degree, Doctor of Humane Letters, in 2001.

Born in Boston, O’Donnell is a graduate of Harvard College.




Larry Wilmore
Emmy-Winning Writer, Producer and Performer

Emmy Award winner Larry Wilmore has been a television producer, actor, comedian, and writer for more than 25 years. He is known for his role as host and executive producer of The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore, made memorable appearances as the “Senior Black Correspondent” on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, and in 2016, hosted the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner in Washington, DC. Since 2017, Larry can be heard as the host of Larry Wilmore: Black on the Air on The Ringer Podcast Network.

Behind the scenes, Wilmore serves as co-creator/consulting producer on HBO’s Insecure, helped to launch ABC’s Black-ish as an executive producer, and is co-creator of Grownish. He has written for In Living Color, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, The PJ’s (which he co-created), created/produced Whoopi with Whoopi Goldberg, and wrote/produced for NBC’s The Office (on which he also appeared as Mr. Brown, the diversity consultant). He served as creator/writer/executive producer of The Bernie Mac Show which earned him a 2002 Emmy Award for “Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series” and a 2001 Peabody Award. Currently, Larry has an overall deal with NBC-Universal Television developing new projects through his Wilmore Films production company.