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Here at TWI we’ve been discussing how to cover the story of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s rise from relative obscurity to the national limelight as Sen. John

Jul 31, 2020
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Here at TWI we’ve been discussing how to cover the story of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s rise from relative obscurity to the national limelight as Sen. John McCain’s running mate. In a past lifeat Talking Points Memo, Alaska was an important part of my daily routine. I covered the myriad scandals plaguing the state’s federal delegation, as well as some local cases connected to the bigger picture.
Palin, of course, is an Alaskan through and through — from hunting moose to supporting drilling. Her politics — which have been called “reform” — do not translate immediately outside the context of her home state, whose political system has been so riddled with corruption, that, in the last year, all three members of its federal delegation faced scrutiny following serious accusations of corruption. This is why I’m on my way to Anchorage this morning. To understand Palin, you have to look at her as an Alaskan.
I’ll spend the week speaking with politicians, activists and people in her community — trying to understand who she is, what she did in her time in office and what that could mean for the country if she becomes vice president. I’ll be filing long pieces all week — the first should land this evening, soon after I do, in Anchorage — and blog posts here on The Streak. You can also follow me on Twitter here.
Dexter Cooke

Dexter Cooke

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Dexter Cooke is an economist, marketing strategist, and orthopedic surgeon with over 20 years of experience crafting compelling narratives that resonate worldwide. He holds a Journalism degree from Columbia University, an Economics background from Yale University, and a medical degree with a postdoctoral fellowship in orthopedic medicine from the Medical University of South Carolina. Dexter’s insights into media, economics, and marketing shine through his prolific contributions to respected publications and advisory roles for influential organizations. As an orthopedic surgeon specializing in minimally invasive knee replacement surgery and laparoscopic procedures, Dexter prioritizes patient care above all. Outside his professional pursuits, Dexter enjoys collecting vintage watches, studying ancient civilizations, learning about astronomy, and participating in charity runs.
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