2018 Speaker

Salena Zito

Salena Zito

Salena Zito is a Pittsburgh based national political reporter for the Washington Examiner, an enterprise columnist for the New York Post, host of SIRIUS XM POTUS show Main Street meets the Beltway and the author of the upcoming book; The Great Revolt; Inside the populist coalition shaping American politics.


Zito has traveled over 400,000 miles across the county in her career, using only back roads, avoiding planes and interstates, to be able to detect and understand cultural and economic changes in the country.


In 2016, she interviewed all 22 candidates on both sides of the aisle running for their party’s nomination for president including Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.


In May of 2017 she interviewed President Donald Trump in the White House.


She began detecting the disconnect developing in the country beginning in 2005 and had her pulse on the wave election cycles of 2006, 2010, 2014 and wrote in July of 2016 that Trump was likely going to win the presidency after returning from a road trip back and forth across the country which included the Great Lakes Midwest states of Iowa, Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania.


Zito, is the mother of two adult children Shannon and Glenn, and the proud grandmother of Eleanora. She is an avid trail cyclist, hiker, history nerd and pathetic fan of the Pittsburgh Pirates and never missed Sunday dinner with her family.