Hays Press-Enterprise Lecture



Kevin Merida
Presented by Michael Barbaro

Host of The New York Times podcast "The Daily"

The 55th Hays Press-Enterprise Lecture at UC Riverside continues the tradition of bringing some of the most well-known journalists in the country to the UC Riverside campus. This year’s lecturer is Michael Barbaro, political journalist with The New York Times and host of the popular podcast, “The Daily.”

In its first year, the show built an audience of over one million listeners a day. Launching at the dawn of the Trump presidency, it was Apple Podcast’s most-downloaded new show of 2017. “The Daily” also won a DuPont-Columbia University Award for audio excellence and been named a top podcast of the year by TIME, Entertainment Weekly, The Atlantic, Esquire, Adweek, The New Yorker, and New York Magazine. Along with podcast success, his Twitter/X account @mikiebarb also boasts a substantial following.

On stage, Barbaro frames his discussions in much the same way he describes his show: The moment demands an explanation — “The Daily” is on a mission to find it. Michael discusses the creation of “The Daily” and his journey, as well as his view on the state of journalism today, including the impact of cable versus the rising popularity of podcast audio. He taps into his expertise as a national correspondent to provide audiences with an informed, nonpartisan perspective on the day’s headlines. 

Before hosting “The Daily,” Barbaro was a national political correspondent for The New York Times and host of “The Run-up,” a niche-political podcast that chronicled the 2016 election. Previously, he covered New York's City Hall and the U.S. retail industry. Upon graduation with a bachelor’s degree in history from Yale in 2002, he joined The Washington Post as a reporter covering the biotech industry, eventually joining The New York Times in 2005.

Event Information:
Monday, March 4, 2024
Reception: 5:00 - 5:45 p.m. at The Barn
Lecture: 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. at University Theatre
900 University Avenue
Riverside, CA 92521
Office of University Events


The Hays Press-Enterprise Lecture Series 

The Hays Press-Enterprise Lecture Series was established in 1966 by the late Howard H (Tim) Hays, then editor of The Press-Enterprise, in collaboration with the University of California, Riverside. In 1997, his son Tom Hays endowed the lecture and the Hays name was added to the title in honor of Tim Hays. Dallas-based A.H. Belo Corporation, former owner of The Press-Enterprise, has provided generous support for the Lecture Series. The intent of the Hays Press-Enterprise Lecture Series is to bring to Riverside each year someone of exceptional achievement in journalism to address important topics related to the news media, thereby furthering the knowledge and interests of both the university and the community at large.

Howard H "Tim" Hays, Jr. was the longtime owner and publisher of The Press-Enterprise newspaper. He spent 51 years at the family-owned business, leading the paper to a Pulitzer prize and two important Supreme Court victories. In addition to Tim Hays’ role as publisher of Riverside County’s largest newspaper, he was a leader in the Citizens University Committee that successfully lobbied the state legislature to open a University of California campus in Riverside in 1954. Tim Hays served as a founding member of the UCR Board of Trustees; supported the creation and collections of the UCR/California Museum of Photography; established an endowed scholarship fund in honor of his father; and endowed a faculty chair to support the UCR Honors program.