Adam Schrager has shared people's stories for 20 years, currently at Wisconsin Public Television. Before that, he spent more than a decade as the pre-eminent political reporter in the Mountain West at KUSA-TV in Denver. Previously, he worked in La Crosse, Madison and Milwaukee in the 1990’s.
Schrager is the author of The Principled Politician, a biography of former Colorado Gov. Ralph Carr whose stand on behalf of Japanese Americans after Pearl Harbor would cost him his political career. The book led state lawmakers to name the new state justice center after the former Colorado chief executive. His latest book is The Blueprint: How the Democrats Won Colorado (and Why Republicans Everywhere Should Care), co-authored with Rob Witwer. It has been lauded by The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post and political figures on both sides of the political spectrum.
In his career, Schrager has won numerous journalism accolades, including more than twenty Emmy awards. He taught a journalism class at the University of Denver and at Marquette University and has conducted dozens of seminars on the impact of the media on politics. Schrager has a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Michigan and a master’s degree in broadcast journalism from Northwestern University. He began his career in 1991 with CBS News in London and worked for numerous stations in Wisconsin before moving to Denver in 1999.
Schrager lives in Madison with his wife, Cathy, their daughters, Harper and Payton and their son, Clark.
The Principled Politician – A Story of Courage
The story of one man's courage offers timeless lessons for us all, more than 60 years later. In this compelling presentation, Adam Schrager tells the story of Ralph Carr who was drafted to run for governor of Colorado in 1938 and quickly rose to national fame as a budget balancer and humanitarian. He turned down the chance to run as a vice presidential candidate with Wendell Willkie in 1940, running for re-election as governor and winning overwhelmingly. Carr was being discussed as a "future presidential candidate" by newspapers in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles. Carr became a national figure when, after Pearl Harbor, he defended the Constitutional rights of Japanese-Americans. He told crowds, if we "imprison American citizens without evidence or a trial, what's to say six months from now, we won't follow them into that same prison without evidence or a trial." His outspoken and unpopular stance would cost him greatly, both personally and professionally. You will not want to miss this inspiring story of courage and how it relates to modern day America.
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