CU-Boulder Sources On Iowa, N.H. Primaries, 2008 Election

December 27, 2007

Presidential Election and Congressional Races. Ken Bickers, professor of political science, can address the 2008 presidential election and congressional races in Colorado and nationally. He can comment on the New Hampshire primary starting on Jan. 7 and thereafter. Bickers can be reached at (303) 492-2363 or bickers@colorado.edu, up to and after the time the polls close the night of the New Hampshire primary Jan. 8.

Presidential Election and Congressional Races. Scott Adler, associate professor of political science, can discuss the 2008 presidential election. Adler also follows Colorado congressional races, and several national congressional races, and can comment on them as well. Adler is best reached by e-mail at e.scott.adler@colorado.edu. His office number is (303) 492-6659.

Presidential Politics and Rhetoric. Michael Kanner, instructor of political science, teaches classes on political rhetoric as well as the presidency. His research focuses on the effect that the framing of issues has on decision making. In the past, Kanner also has taught courses on interest group politics and regularly gives talks on the Catholic Church as a political institution. He is best reached by e-mail at michael.kanner@colorado.edu. His office number is (303) 492-7138.

Message Control on the Presidential Campaign Trail. Elizabeth Skewes, assistant professor of journalism and mass communication and author of the recently published "Message Control: How News is Made on the Presidential Campaign Trail," can discuss the factors that influence news coverage of presidential candidates during the campaign, candidate legitimacy and the press, trends in news coverage of political conventions and primaries in newspapers and popular magazines, and content analysis of the 2008 campaign. Skewes will be in New Hampshire in early January but can be reached at (303) 709-6958 or elizabeth.skewes@colorado.edu.

Oprah's Endorsement of Barack Obama: Janice Peck, associate professor of journalism and mass communication, is a national expert on television talk show host Oprah Winfrey. Her upcoming book, "The Age of Oprah," will offer insights into how Oprah's recent endorsement of Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama might affect the "Oprah brand." She can be reached at (303) 370-9092 or janice.peck@colorado.edu.

Youth Voting Trends and Family Politics: Mike McDevitt, assistant professor of journalism and mass communication, can discuss why today's teens are breaking away from their parents when deciding where to stand on political issues. According to his research, teachers, peers, church groups and the news media now have an equal impact on the shape of teens' political identities compared to previous generations, whose parents were often the most influential factor. He can be reached at (720) 278-8407 or michael.mcdevitt@colorado.edu.

Religion and Politics: Stewart M. Hoover, professor of journalism and mass communication and director of CU-Boulder's Center for Media, Religion and Culture, can discuss how religion is involved in politics and how the news media cover such issues. He can be reached at hoover@colorado.edu.

Presidential Debates: Gerard Hauser, professor of communication, is an expert in political communication and can discuss the presidential and vice presidential debates. Hauser believes debates are critical to the outcome of the presidential election. He can be reached at (303) 546-6964.