Award- Winning CNN Journalist Talks Politics at USC's I-COMM Week
Crowley took the reins of State of the Union in February, where she hosts a political hour of news maker interviews.
By: Jess Silvaggio
Posted: October 8, 2010
CNN's Chief Political Correspondent and host of "State of the Union" Candy Crowley visited USC Wednesday as part of College of Mass Communication and Information Studies' Information Communications (I-Comm) week. Crowley met with broadcast journalist students before her Bucheit Lecture keynote speech Wednesday night.
Crowley captured the audience's attention discussing the state of politics Washington and how New Media has scared politicians.
"People are looking for how many hits they can get on YouTube," said Crowley. "Can I get this candidate doing this? Can I get this candidate doing that? I think it's freaking them out. They just don't go out."
The political reported emphasized the need for better control of the Internet to end the hostility that's developed between political candidates and the media.
Crowley has been a journalist since the 70's. She covered presidents and presidential candidates dating back to President Reagan. She says the most memorable of her experiences is 2008 election night.
"There's nothing like standing in Grant park, on election night, to see the President Elect of the US, talking to thousands..to tens of thousands of people, and he is a black man," said Crowley.
Two of her colleagues, Associated Press' Susanne Shafer and Charles Bierbauer, former CNN White House Correspondent and now dean of the USC College of Mass Communications and Information Studies, say Crowley presents just the facts facts of the story. The agree her reporting skills are what have made her successful.
"She's been successful because she's extraordinarily perceptive, a terrific writer, has a good sense of humor, and is not caught up in herself," said Beirbauer.