Young people, including those interested in journalism, thinking of getting into the political field should keep an eye on political consultant David Axelrod who has some educational ideas on the subject, notes Grumpy Editor.
The senior advisor to President Barack Obama, on Sunday’s “Face the Nation” on CBS, told host Bob Schieffer that “I’m going to spend part of my time starting an Institute of Politics at the University of Chicago.”
He added, “My feeling is if I can help inspire some young people to get into this arena as candidates, as strategists, as journalists, then that would be a great contribution to make.”
Not only senior advisor to Obama, Axelrod earlier was top political advisor to President Bill Clinton.
Axelrod, who majored in political science at the University of Chicago, started writing on politics for the Hyde Park Herald, Chicago’s oldest weekly community newspaper.
He later picked up an internship at the Chicago Tribune. That led to a regular staff job at the Tribune after graduation in 1977.
At 27, he became the Tribune’s City Hall bureau chief and a political columnist.
Axelrod jumped into political campaigns in 1984, starting as communications director for Sen. Paul Simon.