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Posted on March 26, 2012

A popular team of political experts returns to California University of Pennsylvania to examine the outlook for this year’s presidential and congressional elections.

Political commentator Jon Delano, of KDKA-TV, will serve as moderator for the 2012 Election Outlook: The Race for the White House, presented by the American Democracy Project at Cal U

The free event begins at 7 p.m. March 27 in Room 110 of the Eberly Science and Technology Center.

Co-sponsors of this ADP event at California University are the Office of the President, the Office of Academic Affairs/Provost, the College of Liberal Arts, the Department of History and Political Science, and Cal Campaign Consultants.

About the moderator

Jon Delano is an award-winning political analyst who combines years of “inside experience” on Capitol Hill with the perspective of the private sector and life outside the Washington Beltway. A political analyst for KDKA-TV (CBS) since 1994, he became the station's first Money & Politics Editor in September 2001. 

In addition to daily reporting on government, politics, and economic issues, Mr. Delano hosts a Sunday morning public affairs program called “The Sunday Business Page” and is a frequent guest on Pennsylvania Cable Network’s “Journalists Roundtable.” Read more 

About the panelists

  • William C. Binning, chair emeritus of the Department of Political Science at Youngstown State University, Ohio.
  • Louis Jacobson, staff writer for the Pulitzer Prize-winning website, a contributing writer for PoliticsPA, and a contributing editor at National Journal magazine.
  • Costas Panagopoulos, director of the Center for Electoral Politics and Democracy and the graduate program in Elections and Campaign Management at Fordham University, New York.
  • Daniel Shea, director of the Center for Political Participation at Allegheny College, Meadville, Pa.

“This outstanding panel always gets people talking,” says Dr. Melanie Blumberg, a professor in the Department of History and Political Science and campus director of the American Democracy Project at Cal U.

“Jon Delano’s insightful questioning takes full advantage of their broad-based expertise — and their comments are always cutting-edge and provocative. Even people who say they ‘don’t care about politics’ come away feeling they’ve been both informed and entertained.”

About the American Democracy project

The American Democracy Project (ADP) is a multi-campus initiative focused on higher education’s role in preparing the next generation of informed, engaged citizens.