From left: Gov. Larry Hogan, New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu and Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf

What do Govs. Larry Hogan, Chris Sununu of New Hampshire and Tom Wolf of Pennsylvania have in common, professionally speaking? Look to their approval ratings and polling numbers, and you’ll find they’ve successfully navigated highly partisan political climes—and, in Hogan’s case, even overcame a two-to-one disadvantage in voters’ party affiliation—to achieve strong support in their home states. They also were each handily re-elected to a second term this past November.

PBS NewsHour is interested in how this has happened during a time that data suggests is only growing more politically polarized. This month, the daily news program is coming to Baltimore to hear from those three governors about how they’ve achieved success working across the aisle and maintained varying degrees of public popularity. The event, to be called “Divided Nation, United States,” will take place at the Parkway Theater on North Avenue.

“Governor Hogan was pleased to accept this invitation to join with fellow governors from both sides of the aisle to discuss how governors across the country are serving as a model of effective governance and working to implement bipartisan, common sense solutions that improve the daily lives of the citizens they represent,” said Amelia Chasse, a spokesperson for the governor.

The Johns Hopkins University Stavros Niarchos Foundation Agora Institute (*breathes*) is sponsoring the Jan. 28 event, which will be moderated by PBS NewsHour anchor and managing editor Judy Woodruff.

The Agora Institute is Hopkins’ planned political polarization-focused academic hub, which will be built at the southern end of its Homewood campus. Its primary donor, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation–named for a Greek shipping magnate–gave the school $150 million to build it, and was also the main benefactor for the Parkway.

The talk will be free and open to the public, though attendees are required to register in advance. It’ll also be live-streamed at Click here for more info.

Ethan McLeod is a freelance reporter in Baltimore. He previously worked as an editor for the Baltimore Business Journal and Baltimore Fishbowl. His work has appeared in Bloomberg CityLab, Next City and...

2 replies on “The Parkway to host PBS NewsHour talk on partisanship with Hogan and other governors”

  1. While this event is indeed taking place at the SNF Parkway Theatre, it is not being hosted by the Parkway . The JHU SNF Agora Institute is hosting the event in conjunction with PBS News Hour.


    1. We understand that there’s a certain level of organization to this event, Jessica, but we’re merely referring to the theater as the host venue.

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