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Media update for Jan. 16 thru Feb. 10, 2009

Wagner College Carey Center for Government Reform fellow Joshua Spivak had three pieces published in rapid succession late last month, just before and after the inauguration:
    On Jan. 18, the San Francisco Chronicle published a book review by Spivak. The book was “So Damn Much Money: The Triumph of Lobbying and the Corrosion of American Government,” by Robert G. Kaiser.
    On Jan. 21, the day after Obama’s inauguration, the Wilmington [Del.] News Journal and the Cherry Hill [N.J.] Courier Post ran a story by reporter Jeff Montgomery, “Many Vice Presidents did Work in Obscurity,” which used Spivak as its primary source.
    On Jan. 24, the Oregonian [Portland, Oregon] ran an op-ed piece by Spivak, “A Recall Isn’t All That Easy — And Certainly Not Fast,” which focused on a recent scandal surrounding Portland Mayor Sam Adams.

As always, the Staten Island Advance has covered Wagner College quite regularly:
    On Sunday, Jan. 25, columnist Carol Ann Benanti wrote about the upcoming launch of Adriana Trigiani’s new romance novel, “Very Valentine,” at a reading on campus.
    On Jan. 29, Phil Helsel wrote about the appearance of former neo-Nazi T.J. Leyden at a program commemorating the birthday of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
    On Feb. 8, a front-page story focused on a study partly funded by Wagner College that focused on the plight of New York City’s middle class.
    Another Feb. 8 story contained an interview by arts editor Michael J. Fressola with professors Laura Morowitz and Laurie Albanese about their new historical romance novel, “The Miracles of Prato.”
    On Feb. 9, a story by education reporter Amisha Padnani highlighted the number of regional students who are applying to college closer to home during the current economic crisis.

We had two stories that made it onto broadcast news: a short one on the local cable news channel, and a rather lengthy one that aired on a Buffalo NBC station.
    On a special news program that aired Sunday, Feb. 1 after the Super Bowl, WGRZ TV (the Buffalo NBC affiliate) aired a 6-minute story on Professor Seymour Lachman’s book, “Three Men in a Room,” which pulled the covers on the way virtually everything in New York state government is controlled by the top three men in Albany: the governor, the speaker of the assembly, and the senate majority leader. You’ll find the print story, and a link to the video clip, on the Wagner Web site. The reporter, Scott Brown, was especially well-suited to cover the story; starting in 1998, he spent three years as Attorney General Elliot Spitzer’s press representative in Albany.
    The other broadcast news story this month was a 45-second piece that aired Monday, Feb. 9 on New York 1’s “Staten Island Now” segment. The story focused on College Goal Sunday, an event coordinated by our college’s Financial Aid Office to help students and families complete their FAFSA.


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