Phil Ponce, anchor on WTTW’s Chicago Tonight, and a panel of local journalists will critique Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s first days in office at Rating Rahm: The Media Assesses Mayor Emanuel, a forum occurring Tuesday, September 13, 6-7 p.m., at Loyola’s Water Tower Campus.

The panelists are:

  • Carol Marin, reporter at NBC 5 and Chicago Tonight
  • Charles Thomas, political reporter at ABC 7
  • Kristen Mack, City Hall reporter for the Chicago Tribune
  • Laura Washington, columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times
  • Mick Dumke, who covers City Hall for the Chicago Reader

The panelists will discuss how Emanuel has performed in office and evaluate how he’s addressed issues such as layoffs, the city’s budget deficit, crime, and the Chicago Public Schools. The panel is comprised of journalists whose “beats” primarily include Chicago politics, especially covering Emanuel’s numerous press conferences and public appearances.

“Reporters are the ones monitoring, on behalf of the public, what’s happening happening day to day,” Don Heider, dean of the School of Communication, says. “Most citizens do not have time or any inclination [to keep up,] so we depend on them to pay attention” and act as a watchdog.

Loyola’s School of Communication has made a tradition of hosting an annual fall forum that features high-profile panelists discussing a timely political issue. Ponce, a distinguished professional in residence at Loyola’s SOC, coordinates the event each year with the help of John Slania, program director of journalism. Ponce selects the panelists, consistently choosing people who foster a lively discussion. Last year, journalists and political commentators provided a midterm assessment of Barack Obama’s presidency.

Heider insists Ponce always brings “the best of the best in Chicago” to campus for the annual event.

Rating Rahm: The Media Assesses Mayor Emanuel will begin at 6 p.m. in Kasbeer Hall, on the 15th Floor of Corboy Law Center, 25 E. Pearson Street. The event is free and open to the public. Complimentary food and refreshments will be served.