On Wednesday, June 12th at 7:30pm Warwick's will host Jessica Yellin as she discusses and signs her new book, Savage News. Jessica Yellin is a graduate of Harvard University. She is the former Chief White House correspondent for CNN and an Emmy and Gracie award winning political journalist reporting for CNN, ABC News, and MSNBC. She has interviewed Presidents Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, and George HW Bush; First Ladies Michelle Obama and Laura Bush; and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Her work has been published in The New York Times, The Daily Beast, The Hive, The Atlantic, Entertainment Weekly and The Los Angeles Times. She is founder of NewsNotNoise.org, a seed-stage multi-platform media brand that will bring news from women for everyone. Yellin is a fellow with the USC Annenberg Center on Communications Leadership and Policy and sits on the board of the Center for Public Integrity. Yellin lives in Los Angeles. This event is free and open to the public. Reserved Seating is available when the book is pre-ordered from Warwick's for the event. Only books purchased from Warwick's will be signed. Please call the Warwick's Book Dept. (858) 454-0347 for details.
It is not fake news that the world of journalism has changed radically—due both to outside forces and to pressures from within. Jessica Yellin, the Emmy Award-winning political journalist and former chief White House Correspondent for CNN has witnessed it all firsthand. And as Page Six has said, “She clearly knows where many bodies are buried.” In her first novel, Savage News, the seasoned reporter unearths some of those bodies in a often hilarious, sometimes disturbing cautionary tale about the state of the media today and one undaunted woman reporter’s determination to rise above the swamp and report the news.
After toiling in the journalistic trenches for more than a decade, Natalie Savage has the chance to become the White House Correspondent for the underdog news network ATN. But new management cares only about ratings and comes up with the idea of pitting Natalie and her competition—an inexperienced pretty boy—against each other to gain the viewers’ affections. Winner takes all—the prized White House gig. It is not long before Natalie realizes that even her own bosses are gunning for her, stacking the deck in her competition’s favor. But, Natalie’s father—an admirer of Walter Cronkite—always told her to Be Noisy, so no way, at thirty-two, is she going quietly away. Natalie plans on beating them at their own came—and with a little unexpected help from someone in the White House—she will. But, can she hold onto her ethics if she wants to succeed in this harsh new media landscape?
"Jessica Yellin’s experience as a White House reporter is one I remember well—we talked more before 6 am than most people ever will. Savage News is a page-turning story that takes you behind the scenes of what is still one of the best jobs in journalism — covering the President of the United States while managing all the demands, expectations, and criticisms from the home office. Jessica is a multi-talented pro."
— Dana Perino, Former White House Press Secretary George W. Bush
Savage News is a delightful debut work of fiction and Amy Schumer says “Jessica Yellin is the clear, honest voice of our generation,” while Arianna Huffington says, “If The Devil Wears Prada and Broadcast News had a love child, it would be this hilarious satire of the Washington circus. ... funny, smart, and nails our current moment.”