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Award-winning CNN Political Correspondent Gives Behind-the-Scenes Look at Election

Candy Crowley `70 talked with students, presented public lecture on Nov. 18

11/5/2008 4:47:05 PM


Candy Crowley spends time with students

Candy CrowleyCNN Senior Political Correspondent Candy Crowley, class of 1970, returned to her alma mater Nov. 18, to talk to students and deliver a public lecture.

Crowley had lunch with student leaders and sat in on a special class for students in Political Science 211: "Political Parties, Elections and Public Opinion" and Communications 211: "News Reporting."

She shared an insider's perspective on the 2008 presidential election, personal observations about Barack Obama, John McCain and Hillary Clinton, career advice, as well as insight on the political process and how the news media covers it.

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News Media Coverage of the Event

Press Release

Candy Crowley LYNCHBURG — CNN’s award-winning senior political correspondent, Candy Crowley, will present “An Insider’s Perspective on the 2008 Presidential Campaign,” Nov. 18 at 7:30 p.m. at Randolph College. The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held in Smith Hall Theatre.

Crowley, a 1970 alumna and 2002 Alumnae Achievement Award recipient, will also spend part of the day on Randolph’s campus talking with students and faculty.

Crowley is based in the network's Washington, D.C., bureau. In this position, Crowley covers a broad range of stories, including presidential, congressional and gubernatorial races and major legislative developments on Capitol Hill. Previously, Crowley was a congressional correspondent for the network. She came to CNN from NBC News in 1987.

Crowley's assignments have taken her to all 50 states and around the world. She plays a pivotal role in CNN's America Votes 2008 coverage, currently reporting across the country on the Democratic presidential candidates seeking the nation’s top political office. She was also part of the network's Emmy award-winning 2006 mid-term election coverage.

She has covered the presidential campaigns of Pat Buchanan, George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, Howard Dean, Bob Dole, Jesse Jackson, Edward Kennedy, John Kerry, Ronald Reagan, and Paul Tsongas, among others. Since the presidential nomination of Jimmy Carter, she has covered all but one of the national political conventions.

Among her most vivid memories as a reporter, Crowley counts the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in the Gulf Coast; the impeachment trial of President Clinton; election night 2000; the ceremonies marking the 40th anniversary of D-Day on the beaches of Normandy; Ronald Reagan's trips to China, Bitburg and Bergen-Belsen; the night the United States bombed Libya; and the terrorist bombing of the U.S. Marine barracks in Beirut.

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