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C-SPAN’s Steve Scully will talk presidential politics during April 12 Edinboro University lecture

Erie Native to discuss Republican primary elections; fall campaign


One of the nation’s leading political journalists will speak on “Road to the White House: Stories and Lessons from the Campaign Trail,” during a special presentation at Edinboro University on Thursday, April 12.

Steve Scully, C-SPAN’s senior executive producer and political editor, will examine the dynamics of the current Republican primary elections and also look ahead to the fall’s general election during a lecture April 12 at 6:30 p.m. in Room 107A of Edinboro’s Compton Hall.

Scully’s talk, which is free and open to the public, is co-sponsored by the Edinboro University Chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America and the Northwestern Pennsylvania Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America. 

Since 1991, Scully, an Erie native, has been responsible for coordinating all aspects of C-SPAN’s campaign programming. His responsibilities were expanded to include senior producer for the network’s White House coverage, a position he continues to hold today. He also serves as the weekly Sunday host of Washington Journal, a live three-hour news and public affairs program, in addition to hosting and producing several other C-SPAN programs.

Scully was elected by his peers in the White House press corps to serve as president of the White House Correspondents’ Association in 2006-2007, and recently completed a three-year term as a WHCA board member. Since 2003, Scully has held the Amos P. Hostetter Chair at the University of Denver & Cable Center, teaching a distance learning course on the media, politics and public policy issues via cable fiber line between Washington, D.C, Denver (University of Denver), New York City (Pace University) and Fairfax, Virginia (George Mason University). The initiative is the only college-level course of its kind in the country, linking students to leaders in politics, journalism and business from the nation’s capital.

Cable Fax Magazine recently listed Scully as one of Cable’s “100 Heavy Hitters.” In January 2004, New York’s Newsday listed Scully, along with Katie Couric, Bob Schieffer and the late Tim Russert, as one of the media’s most influential movers and shakers in political programming. C-SPAN’s campaign coverage earned the network an Emmy and Cable’s Golden Ace Award, the industry’s highest honor.

Scully holds a bachelor’s degree in communication and political science from American University in Washington, D.C., and a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. He also studied media and European affairs at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark.

Many will remember Scully as a reporter and news anchor for Erie’s WSEE-TV prior to assuming his responsibilities at C-SPAN.

PRSSA is a pre-professional organization designed to build positive relationships between public relations professionals and students studying public relations. Created in 1968 by its parent group, PRSA, the student organization provides member students with a variety of professional development opportunities.

Edinboro University was awarded its PRSSA chapter in 2003. The Northwestern Pennsylvania Chapter of PRSA now serves as host Chapter to Edinboro’s PRSSA.