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CNN analyst Ana Navarro to visit William & Mary

Political strategist selected as W&M’s Hunter B. Andrews Fellow in American Politics

CNN political analyst and Republican strategist Ana Navarro will visit William & Mary Feb. 25-26 as the university’s spring 2019 Hunter B. Andrews Fellow in American Politics.

Navarro will meet with faculty, staff and students during her visit and give a public talk — titled “Ana Navarro:  GOP Strategist, Commentator, Provocateur” — at 7:45 p.m. on Feb. 25 in the Sadler Center’s Commonwealth Auditorium. People who would like to attend should register online.

Ana NavarroThe visit is part of a yearlong commemoration of 100 years of coeducation at the university, which has included multiple special events throughout the 2018-2019 academic year.

“I welcome Ms. Navarro to William & Mary and thank her for graciously offering her time and insights to the campus community,” said W&M President Katherine A. Rowe. “The Hunter Andrews Fellowship presents a unique opportunity for W&M students to engage with some of the most noted personalities in American politics. It’s truly a treasure.”

Along with serving as a political analyst for CNN and CNN en Español, Navarro is a contributor and once-weekly co-host for ABC’s “The View.” She also frequently appears on such programs as “Meet the Press,” “Bill Maher’s Real Time” and “Anderson Cooper 360.”

She has been active in multiple campaigns and administrations, serving as the national Hispanic co-chair for Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman’s 2012 campaign, national co-chair of Sen. John McCain’s Hispanic Advisory Council in 2008, a member of Florida Gov. Jeb Bush’s transition team in 1998 and first director of immigration policy for Bush in the Executive Officer of the Governor. She also worked as ambassador to the United Nation’s Human Rights Commission, focusing on human rights abuses in Cuba, and as a special advisor to the government of Nicaragua, advocating for the Nicaraguan Adjustment and Central American Relief Act.

In the private sector, she has represented private and public clients on federal issues including immigration, trade, and Central American policy.

Born in Nicaragua before immigrating to America, Navarro holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Miami and a law degree from the St. Thomas University School of Law.

The Hunter Andrews fellowship was created in 1998 by friends of the late Virginia senator, who graduated from W&M and later served on its Board of Visitors from 2003 to 2005. Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jodi Kantor visited W&M last semester as the fall 2018 Andrews Fellow.