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C-SPAN’s Steve Scully to give commencement address at North East

Friday, April 25, 2014

The McAuley College of Associate Degree Studies welcomes C-SPAN senior executive producer, political editor and primary host Steve Scully as this year’s guest speaker for the May 10 commencement ceremonies.

Scully, an Erie native, serves as the regular Sunday host of “Washington Journal,” a live three-hour news and public affairs program. In addition, he hosts and produces other C-SPAN programs, including BOOK TV’s “In Depth” and “Newsmakers.”  In 2010 he developed (and currently hosts) “Washington Today,” a live two-hour afternoon drive time program heard nationwide on Sirius/XM and online at

Scully also supervised all aspects of C-SPAN’s “Road to the White House” coverage in 2012, which included the development of media partnerships with CNN, NBC and the Associated Press. C-SPAN’s campaign coverage earned the network a number of distinguished awards, including an Emmy, Peabody and Cable’s Golden Ace Award, the industry’s highest honor.

Before coming to C-SPAN, Scully covered business, politics and local government as a reporter and anchor at WHEC-TV (NBC Affiliate) in Rochester, N.Y. Prior to that, he was an anchor and reporter at WSEE-TV in Erie and WHBF-TV (CBS affiliates) in Rock Island, Ill. Scully taught several courses on the media and politics at St. John Fisher College and Nazareth College in Rochester, N.Y., between 1988-90.

In 1985, Scully earned his Master of Science degree in journalism from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism in Evanston, Ill., graduating summa cum laude. Prior to that, he received his Bachelor of Arts in communication and political science from The American University in Washington, D.C., graduating with distinction. He also studied media and European affairs at the University of Copenhagen (Denmark). While attending college, Scully served as an intern in the office of Delaware Sen. Joseph R. Biden, and later a staff assistant in Sen. Edward M. Kennedy’s communication office.

Beginning January 2003, Scully assumed the Amos P. Hostetter Chair at the University of Denver and 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), Lafayette, Ind. (Purdue University), Fairfax, Va. (George Mason University), and Boston (Suffolk University). It is the only college level course of its kind in the country, using innovative technology linking students to leaders in politics, journalism and business from our nation’s capital. Recent guests have included NBC’s Brian Williams, CNN’s Jake Tapper, former president Bill Clinton, former president Jimmy Carter and former speaker Newt Gingrich.

Cable Fax Magazine recently listed Scully as one of cable’s 100 “Heavy Hitters.” New York Newsday listed Scully, along with CBS’s Bob Schieffer, as one of the media’s most influential movers and shakers in political programming.

In addition to his media work, Scully also sits on a number of national civic boards, including the CJ Foundation for SIDS and First Candle, both devoted to the prevention of sudden infant death syndrome. Scully resides in Farifax, Va., with his wife Kathryn and their four children: Mary Cathryn (18), Daniel (15), Cristen (13) and Natalie (4).

The May 10 commencement ceremony begins at 1 p.m. in the Liguori Fieldhouse on the North East campus and will honor graduating students from the university’s North East, West and Booker T. Washington campuses.