Staff

Annie-Laurie Blair

152 Williams Hall
Oxford campus
(513) 529-0112
blairal@MiamiOH.edu

Annie Blair is the Oxford-based director of the Inside Washington Program.

She is an associate clinical lecturer in Journalism and an award-winning former public affairs journalist who worked at five daily newspapers - most recently The Cincinnati Enquirer/Cincinnati.com - and one news magazine.

Blair has taught at Miami since 2004. That includes one year at Miami’s Dolibois European Center in Luxembourg, four summer workshops in Florence, Italy; and one J term in Costa Rica.

Her passion is transparency in government and public policy so that citizens can make informed decisions. Blair’s focus areas are environmental, agriculture and food policy in the U.S. and the E.U. She is a faculty associate of Miami’s Institute for the Environment and Sustainability, Institute for Food, and Center for Teaching Excellence. She serves on the board of Slow Food Cincinnati.

Blair earned an M.S. in journalism from Boston University, a B.J. in news writing from University of Missouri School of Journalism, and B.A. in political science from University of Missouri, Columbia.

Chad Pergram

Miami alum Chad Pergram is the Washington, D.C.-based director of the Inside Washington Program.

He covers Congress for FOX News. He joined FOX in 2007 after stints with Capitol News Connection with PRI, NPR and C-SPAN. His specialties include elections, appropriations, trade, ethics, intelligence, Congressional procedure and Capitol Hill history.

In March 2006, the Radio/Television Correspondents Association (RTCA) saluted Pergram with the Joan S. Barone Award for Excellence in National Affairs/Public Policy Broadcast Journalism. It’s the most-prestigious honor in Washington for electronic news coverage of Capitol Hill. Pergram was the youngest recipient of the award and was the first radio reporter to be honored in 12 years.

He also won an Edward R. Murrow Award for Excellence In Reporting in March, 2007 for a story detailing the final days in Congress of former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Texas). In 2009, Washingtonian magazine recognized Pergram as one of the 50 top journalists in Washington. “A star on and off the air, Pergram has the respect of his Capitol Hill peers. Not an easy group to please,” Washingtonian wrote.

Pergram has also twice placed in the National Headliner Awards.

He was the first journalist to confirm the death of Osama bin Laden on the air in May 2011. In 2017, he was the first journalist to report that House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-Louisiana) and others were shot at the Congressional baseball practice.

In 2017, Pergram emerged as the most-followed journalist on Twitter by members of Congress.

Before moving to Washington, Pergram earned multiple statewide awards from the Ohio Associated Press for his reporting. Those honors include Best Reporter, Best Broadcast Writing and Best Investigative Reporting.

An avid hockey fan, Pergram served as a pre-game, in-game and post-game host for the Washington Capitals Radio Network last season.

He's a native of Jacksonburg, Ohio, the smallest incorporated village in the state (population: 52). He earned his undergraduate and master's degrees from Miami University of Ohio. Pergram resides in Alexandria, Virginia, with his wife, Carrie.

Washington, DC Staff

  • Miami alum Julie Almacy, who also manages the Mount Vernon Leadership Fellows
  • Miami alum Jason Surbey, who also is a real estate professional and media strategist
  • Danielle Hagen, a media and communications strategist for Nahigian Strategies in D.C.

Oxford Staff

  • Kimberly Hensley, master administrative assistant for Miami’s Department of Media, Journalism & Film