Tapper broadcast from the Dartmouth campus during last year's primary. (Dartmouth photo by Eli Burakian)

CNN Anchor Jake Tapper to Speak at Dartmouth Commencement


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Lee Michaelides

Not fake news made on "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert"

During a guest appearance Wednesday night on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, CNN news anchor Jake Tapper, Dartmouth class of 1991, shared the news that he would be speaking at his alma mater’s commencement.

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“You ended up on the cover of the alumni magazine before I did, even though you have never set foot in Hanover, New Hampshire,” Tapper told Colbert, whose former Comedy Central character was a fictional Dartmouth graduate. (See the exchange about 54 seconds into the video below.)

“I actually did go to Dartmouth,” Tapper said, brushing aside Colbert’s suggestion that this was just “fake news” from CNN.

Fake news wasn't a concept when Colbert appeared in the alumni magazine cover in 2008.

Real Dartmouth grad Tapper made the cover just six months ago.


Tapper is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Outpost: An Untold Story of American Valor, a history of an isolated outpost in Afghanistan where eight U.S. soldiers died defending their isolated base from attack by hundreds of Taliban fighters.

In addition to The Outpost, Tapper has published the acclaimed books Down and Dirty: The Plot to Steal the Presidency, about the aftermath of the 2000 election, and Body Slam: The Jesse Ventura Story, about the limelight-loving pro wrestler who became the governor of Minnesota.

At Dartmouth, Tapper majored in history modified by visual studies, an unusual combination that the history department approved in support of his interest in political cartooning. He drew the Doonesbury-esque strip Static Cling for the student newspaper, The Dartmouth, and kept up his interest even after veering into journalism, drawing the Capitol Hell strip for the Washington, D.C.-centered Roll Call.

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