“Women On Wednesdays”: Ali Vitali - “Electable"

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“Women On Wednesdays”: Ali Vitali - “Electable"

Ali Vitali, author of “Electable: Why America Hasn't Put a Woman in the White House . . . Yet,” in conversation with WPI Executive Director

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As part of our “Women on Wednesdays” series, please join American University's Women & Politics Institute for a virtual conversation with NBC News Capitol Hill correspondent Ali Vitali, author of the new book "Electable: Why America Hasn't Put a Woman in the White House . . . Yet" and WPI Executive Director Betsy Fischer Martin.

Ali Vitali, who covered the 2020 presidential campaign trail as an MSNBC “Road Warrior,” will discuss her new book Electable, which does a deep dive into the 2020 Presidential election and “the gendered double standards placed on women presidential candidates of that cycle” as well as those who came before them. Join the discussion to hear about the challenges women in particular face when running for president and what Vitali thinks will be necessary to finally shatter one of the biggest glass ceilings.


Ali Vitali is a veteran campaign reporter for NBC News. Currently, she works as a Capitol Hill Correspondent for NBC. Prior to that she worked as a White House Reporter for NBC News Digital and covered Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, before moving from the White House beat to report on the midterm elections in 2018. In 2020, she covered Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Michael Bloomberg during the Democratic primary contests in 2020.

Vitali currently resides in Washington, DC and is a graduate of Tulane University.


Betsy Fischer Martin is an Emmy-winning journalist and former TV news executive. Currently, she is the Executive Director of the Women & Politics Institute at American University and a faculty member in the School of Public Affairs, where she teaches courses on campaigns and elections. During her earlier career in television news, she spent 23 years at NBC News serving as the longtime Executive Producer of Meet the Press with Tim Russert and as the Managing Editor of NBC News Political Programming.

A native of New Orleans, Fischer Martin did her undergraduate and graduate work at American University in Washington, DC. She is a cum laude graduate of their School of Public Affairs and earned a master’s degree in Broadcast Journalism from the AU School of Communication.