'NC Spin' taping
at Elon University


The producers of "NC Spin" taped a special edition of the show on the campus of Elon University Oct. 13 in Whitley Auditorium. Students, faculty and staff attended the taping, which featured the show's host Tom Campbell and panelists John Hood, Chris Fitzsimon, Brad Crone and Dan Blue.

The political-talk program bills itself as "North Carolina's Most Intelligent Television Talk Show." After the taping, the faculty and staff of the School of Communications hosted a reception in the main lobby of McEwen for the TV participants.

It was an evening for politics in McEwen, as classrooms were opened for student and faculty viewing of the final of the fall's three presidential debates, featuring John Kerry and George Bush answering questions posed by long-time CBS journalist Bob Schieffer. McEwen has been a viewing venue all fall, hosting large crowds of students for each of the three Kerry-Bush debates.

Campbell is the creator, executive producer and moderator of "NC Spin." He comes from a rich family tradition of public involvement in North Carolina. His family founded Campbell University as well as WNCT-TV, the first television station in eastern North Carolina. He worked in his family's broadcast business for over 24 years, writing and delivering daily radio editorials.

"NC Spin" panelist Crone is president of Campaign Connections, a Raleigh-based political and public-affairs consulting firm. He founded the firm in 1991 after serving as publisher of The Thomasville Times and The Clayton Star. In politics, Crone worked with D.M. "Lauch" Faircloth when he ran for governor as a Democrat in 1984 and served as a special assistant to N.C. Commissioner of Agriculture Jim Graham. Crone has consulted in more than 100 North Carolina elections since 1992. He is a member of the American Association of Political Consultants and serves as an instructor at the National Campaign Training Seminar sponsored by Congressional Quarterly and Campaigns & Elections magazine. He writes a weekly newspaper column and voices a weekly radio commentary.

Fitzsimon is the director of NC Policy Watch, a joint project of the A.J. Fletcher Foundation and the North Carolina News Network. Fitzsimon writes the daily Fitzsimon File and columns about state policy for the Philanthropy Journal, delivers a daily radio commentary that is broadcast statewide on the North Carolina News Network, and hosts "News and Views," a weekly radio news magazine that also airs on the network stations. He previously served as the spokesman for the Campaign to Protect America's Lands, a national, nonpartisan advocacy organization based in Washington, D.C., and, before heading to Washington, he was the founder and executive director of the Common Sense Foundation in Raleigh, a nonpartisan, nonprofit public policy foundation whose mission is to expand the policy debate in North Carolina to include the views and voices of those traditionally locked out of that debate.

Hood is president of the John Locke Foundation, a public-policy think tank that examines state issues from a free-market, limited-government perspective. He is publisher of Carolina Journal, the Locke Foundation monthly magazine. An arch-conservative, Hood also writes for Policy Review, the Heritage Foundation magazine, Triangle Business Journal, Triad Business News, The Business Journal of Charlotte and dozens of North Carolina newspapers. His columns are regularly carried by the Burlington Times-News. He worked previously as a reporter for The New Republic and on television's "The McLaughlin Group."

Blue is a former North Carolina Speaker of the House. He was first elected to the North Carolina House of Representatives in 1980. He is a past president of the National Conference of State Legislatures and served on the executive committee of the Southern Legislative Conference. He's also a founding partner of Thigpen, Blue, Stephens & Fellers, a law firm in Raleigh.

For more information, see http:www.ncspin.com.



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