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Former Obama Press Secretary Josh Earnest, And How #MeToo Is Changing Conversations In KC

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Josh Earnest served as Pres. Barack Obama's press secretary for more than two years until January 20, 2017.

When Kansas City native Josh Earnest first moved to Washington he wasn't necessarily after a job in the White House, but that's where he ended up. Today, we find out how the former press secretary handled the daily barrage of questions from journalists, while maintaining the president's confidence and his own credibility. Then, we hear experiences of sexual harassment from metro listeners, and find out how they're responding to the #MeToo hashtag campaign.

Josh Earnest is the featured speaker for the 2017 Ages of Excellence Celebration benefiting Village Shalom. The event is at the InterContinental Kansas City at the Plaza at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, November 2. Visit VillageShalom.org for more information.

When I host Up To Date each morning at 9 a.m., my aim is to engage the community in conversations about the Kansas City area’s challenges, hopes and opportunities. I try to ask the questions that listeners want answered about the day’s most pressing issues and provide a place for residents to engage directly with newsmakers. My email is steve@kcur.org.
As culture editor, I oversee KCUR’s coverage of race, culture, the arts, food and sports. I work with reporters to make sure our stories reflect the fullest view of the place we call home, so listeners and readers feel primed to explore the places, projects and people who make up a vibrant Kansas City. Email me at luke@kcur.org.