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Corning - Southeast Steuben County Library 1 320.09 RYA New NonFiction Book
Wellsville - David A. Howe Public Library 1 320.09 RYA New NonFiction Book

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Veteran White House reporter April Ryan thought she had seen everything in her two decades as a White House correspondent. And then came the Trump administration. In Under Fire, Ryan takes us inside the confusion and chaos of the Trump White House to understand how she and other reporters adjusted to the new normal. She takes us inside the policy debates, the revolving door of personnel appointments, and what it is like when she, as a reporter asking difficult questions, finds herself in the spotlight, becoming part of the story. With the world on edge and a country grappling with a new controversy almost daily, Ryan gives readers a glimpse into current events from her perspective, not only from inside the briefing room but also as a target of those who want to avoid answering probing questions. After reading her new book, readers will have an unprecedented inside view of the Trump White House and what it is like to be a reporter Under Fire.

Author Notes

April Ryan has been a White House correspondent for the American Urban Radio Networks since the Clinton administration. In addition she can be seen almost daily as a political analyst for CNN. She has been featured in Vogue, Cosmopolitan, and Elle magazines as well as the New York Times, Washington Post, and Politico, to name a few, and has appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Anderson Cooper 360, Hardball, Meet the Press, and many other television news programs. She is the 2017 National Association of Black Journalists Journalist of the Year. Ryan resides in Baltimore, Maryland.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

A White House correspondent through four administrations, journalist Ryan (At Mama's Knee, 2016) has seen more than her share of controversy of late. To some, she is a voice of America's better self; to others, she is a pot-stirrer. As a black woman, Ryan has consistently focused on asking questions that hold presidential feet to the fire on gender and race issues. In the current administration, though, rancorous exchanges have led to dust-ups like ""Piegate""; not being invited to the White House Christmas party; getting called ""Miss Piggy""; a public shouting match with Omarosa Manigault; the president telling her to set a meeting with the Congressional Black Caucus; and even death threats. If all this reads as soap opera, that may well be Ryan's point. Amid claims of being called ""fake"" and painted as ""the enemy,"" the press is trying to function in a toxic soup. Some readers may find Ryan's tone defensive, but when ""race lines have been drawn,"" it's hard to blame her.--Joan Curbow Copyright 2018 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

This revealing memoir from veteran White House reporter Ryan relates "the backstory of some of the major news events of 2017 and 2018." The narrative ping-pongs between the Trump administration's jarring policy shifts on issues like healthcare and the episodes, both serious and ludicrous, in which Ryan has faced off with a revolving cast of press secretaries and the 45th president himself about such topics as whether he's a racist and whether she could help line up a chat with the Congressional Black Caucus. These encounters made her a media sensation-and a target of the right wing. The book takes a sober turn as Omarosa Manigault-the president's onetime friend, aide, and unofficial black spokesperson (and former contestant on The Apprentice)-attempts to block Ryan's access to the press secretary, among other things. Although plagued by self-doubt, insults, death threats, dismissals by male journalists, and the president's characterizations of the media as the enemy of the people, Ryan champions her craft and perseveres amid the chaos. She clearly portrays the unrelenting stress of being one of the few black reporters on the prestigious White House beat, pulling back the curtain on the "emotional taxes" that African-American people endure daily in the workplace. This account will be an inspiration to those who have to fight similar battles. (Sept.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Library Journal Review

Ryan (American Urban Radio Network) here describes her experience as a White House correspondent in the Trump administration. A veteran of four presidential administrations, Ryan is shocked by the divisiveness of President Trump and has unexpectedly found herself to be the subject of several news items in the course of her reporting. She takes her job and the role of a free press seriously and uses the book to tell her side of these encounters and to defend her reputation as a journalist. Additionally, Ryan details issues affecting the black community such as health care, education, and immigration to emphasize further her responsibility to represent the interests of that constituency in her reporting. Her keen insight as a woman of color working for a minority network lends context to the questions on race that she asks during press briefings. Ryan's personal life does occasionally enter the story, as with the lengthy discussion of her former friendship with Omarosa Manigault. Verdict An intriguing insight into the challenges of reporting on Trump. Recommended for readers interested in journalism or politics.-Rebekah Kati, Univ. of North Carolina, Chapel Hill © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. vii
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
1 The Rebukep. 7
2 Healthcare Despairp. 27
3 Becoming the Storyp. 45
4 Twitter Troublep. 75
5 Enemy of the Peoplep. 89
6 Examining the Black Agendap. 105
7 Education for All?p. 127
8 Divided Nationp. 139
9 Women at Workp. 165
Indexp. 173
About the Authorp. 181

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