Rob Christensen Event Postponed

Former ‘News and Observer’ Political Reporter and Columnist Will Discuss His New Book

Gardner-Webb Hosts Rob Christensen

Due to the forecast for winter weather, the Gardner-Webb University John R. Dover Library and the Department of Social Sciences have postponed tonight’s program with journalist and author Rob Christensen. The new date will be announced soon.

Christensen will be discussing his most recent book, “The Rise and Fall of the Branchhead Boys,” which is about the Scott family. The program is open to the public.

“I am looking forward to speaking again at Gardner-Webb,” shared Christensen. “‘The Rise and Fall of the Branchhead Boys’ tells the story of North Carolina's leading political family—one that influenced a whole generation of Tar Heel political leaders including Terry Sanford, Jim Hunt and Jesse Helms. It is also the story of the struggle of rural North Carolina to get the amenities that city folks had including electricity, telephones and paved roads."

Christensen retired from “The News and Observer” in Raleigh, N.C., after writing about North Carolina politics as a reporter and a columnist for 45 years. He has appeared on more than 600 television or radio programs as a political analyst including the CBS Evening News, CNN’s Inside Politics, MSNBC’s Hardball with Chris Matthews, ABC’s Nightline, Fox News, various PBS programs, and D.G. Martin’s Bookwatch on UNC-TV.

He has contributed chapters to five books on North Carolina and the South. His first solo book, “The Paradox of Tar Heel Politics,” (UNC Press) received the prestigious Ragan Old North State Award in 2008 from the North Carolina Literary and Historical Association. The association was established in 1900 and presents this honor annually to the best work of non-fiction written in the state. In 2019, Christensen received the award again for his book on the Branchhead Boys.

After his presentation, Christensen will take questions from the audience. Copies of his books will also be available.

Auxiliary aids will be made available to persons with disabilities upon request 48 hours prior to the event. Please call 704-406-2155 or email disabilityservices@gardner-webb.edu with your request.

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