Bob Corker at Sewanee, April 24


Retired Senator Bob Corker will be interviewed on the Sewanee campus by noted journalist Olivier Knox; a Q&A period will follow the interview. The event will be held at noon, Wednesday, April 24, in Guerry Auditorium. The public is welcome.

Bob Corker left office in January after serving two terms in the U.S. Senate. As a senator, he was known especially for demonstrating bipartisanship and for his service as chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, where he pushed to hold foreign governments accountable for adverse actions. In his first term, Corker worked on the 2008 financial crisis and auto bailout. He was a vocal lawmaker advocating for the end of human trafficking and slavery.

Corker’s business background is in construction and real estate. He served as Commissioner of Finance and Administration for the State of Tennessee from 1995 to 1996, and was elected mayor of Chattanooga in 2000, serving one term (2001–05).

Olivier Knox is chief Washington correspondent for SiriusXM radio, covering the White House, politics, and foreign policy, and currently serves as president of the White House Correspondents’ Association. At SiriusXM, Knox provides commentary for the broadcaster’s political channels, where he also hosts a weeknight show. He joined SiriusXM in 2018 from Yahoo News, which he joined following 15 years of reporting for Agence France-Presse. Knox covered the George W. Bush administration, the impeachment and acquittal of President Bill Clinton, and the 2000 election. He has a bachelor’s degree from Columbia and a master’s from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.