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Election 2012 - Media Hits

Media from around the country and around the globe closely followed the 2012 U.S. election, and when they wanted insight and stories from the Buckeye State, they routinely turned to faculty and students at the University of Dayton. From the economy to campaign advertising, from Catholic social teaching to polling and Ohio's swing state status, our faculty and students shared their passions and expertise with a curious and information-hungry world. 

Major media outlets including CNN, The Wall Street Journal and The Hill published commentary from faculty on how Catholic teaching should influence budget debates and how former Gov. Mitt Romney should appeal to a civil religion to connect with voters. 

Leading international news outlets including the BBC, ABC Australia, Mispacha (Israel), Correio Braziliense and France 24 tapped political scientists for insight how the American political system works and what the world should be paying attention to throughout the campaign.

And local and statewide media several times each week in the final months of the campaigns turned to University of Dayton faculty and students in the fields of law, history, economics, religion and more for their coverage of the election.

Throughout the election season, the University of Dayton demonstrated commitment to its Catholic, Marianist values of faith formation, adapting to change, educating for service and asking the big questions.

When all eyes were on Ohio, they were often looking at the University of Dayton.

Below is a report of media hits featuring University of Dayton faculty and students.

National

Topic: Auto bailout
The Associated Press quoted history professor and auto expert John Heitmann in a Nov. 8 story about Mitt Romney's inability to overcome criticism about the auto bailout.

Topic: Religion and politics
Vince Miller, Gudorf Chair in Catholic Theology and Culture, wrote an op-ed for CNN Belief Blog after the election Nov. 8 about the role and influence of Catholic bishops in elections.

Religious studies associate professors Jana Bennett and Kelly Johnson are quoted in a Religion News Service story Oct. 23 about religion and voting.

NPR "Morning Edition" interviewed Miller Oct. 15 about how Catholics apply their faith to their voting. (Download the clip here)

Miller wrote an op-ed for The Hill's "Congress Blog" about the vice presidential debate being an opportunity for real discussion about Catholic issues.

The Catholic News Service on Sept. 24 quoted Miller in a story about the spending priorities of the two presidential candidates.

TheNational Catholic Reporter quoted Bennett in an op-ed Sept. 5 about how Catholics view the role of government.

Miller wrote a letter to the editor in The Wall Street Journal about vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan's obligation, as a Catholic, to help the poor.

Birdsong wrote an op-ed for CNN's Belief Blog March 20 about Mitt Romney's Mormonism and civil religion.

The Hill quoted Miller for a Catholic perspective on a Nov. 13, 2011, story about House Speaker John Boehner's proposed budget.

The Catholic News Service quoted assistant professor of communication Joe Valenzano III in a story Nov. 11, 2011, about the religions of political candidates.

Topic: Presidential Campaign
CNBC
interviewed associate professor of political science Grant Neeley Nov. 7 for his post-election reaction.

WIRED Magazine quoted political science lecturer Dan Birdsong in a Nov. 5 story about unscientific methods of predicting the election outcome.

The Los Angeles Times quoted Neeley in a Nov. 1 story about Ohio Gov. Kasich campaigning for Mitt Romney.

Schweikart's analysis of absentee voting trends in Ohio was reported by The Associated Press Oct. 22 and The Daily Caller Oct. 5. Several regional and national outlets picked up the AP story.

Columbia Journalism Review quoted Birdsong in a story Oct. 5 about how media are covering the presidential "horse race."

Bloomberg quoted Valenzano in an Oct. 2 story negative campaign ads.

The Arizona Republic quoted Birdsong in a Sept. 24 story about the media's coverage of partisan politics.

Reuters quoted Birdsong in a Sept. 23 story about the effect Mitt Romney's 47% comments will have on the election.

NPR "Morning Edition" interviewed Neely June 15 for a story about Mitt Romney's campaign stop in Cincinnati.

The Catholic News Service on May 25 quoted Neeley in a story about President Obama's support for same-sex marriage.

NPR "All Things Considered" interviewed Neeley April 27 for a story about President Obama's political strategy of painting Mitt Romney as an extremist. (Download the clip here)

Agence France Presse quoted Neeley in a March 4 story about Ohio's primary.

Topic: Politics
NPR's "Talk of the Nation"
interviewed Taft Nov. 6 for a story about why people get into politics.

CNN In America Blog quoted history professor Larry Schweikart Nov. 1 about race and politics.

The Flint Journal (Michigan) quoted Birdsong in a story Sept. 17 about "ballot fatigue" -- multiple tax issues on a single ballot discouraging voters from approving them.

Bennett participated in a Google+ hangout Sept. 4 with The New York Times on the topic of bipartisanship.

The Los Angeles Times quoted Neeley in a March 6 story about the defeat of Ohio's SB 5 and its potential impact on the presidential race.

Online magazine Mother Jones quoted law professor Richard Saphire in a story Nov. 3, 2011, about the Tea Party and Ohio's Issue 3, which would prohibit a mandate to purchase health insurance.

Education Week quoted Birdsong in a Nov. 2, 2011, story about Ohio's referendum on Senate Bill 5 that would affect teacher's unions.

The Associated Press on Oct. 1, 2011, quoted Neeley in a story about Ohio Democrats using the court system to advance their policy agenda.

Topic: Battleground Ohio
Fox Business online quoted Neeley in a Nov. 2 Election Night "cheat sheet" for swing states.

The Boston Globe quoted former Ohio Gov. Bob Taft, now a distinguished research associate in the School of Education and Allied Professions, on Election Day about what to watch for in Ohio.

CNN's Carol Costello interviewed Neeley on Nov. 6 and Nov. 2 about what to watch for in Ohio.

Neeley was a guest on KCRW's "To the Point" Oct. 29 discussing the election, Ohio and Hurricane Sandy. (Download the clip here)

Reuters quoted Neeley in a story Oct. 29 about the Ohio Senate race. The story ran in several national outlets, including The New York Times.

Talking Points Memo, a political blog, quoted Neeley in an Oct. 25 post about Ohio as a battleground state.

Bloomberg TV interviewed Neeley Oct. 24 on air about Ohio as a battleground state.

The New York Post quoted Neeley in an Oct. 14 story about undecided voters in Ohio.

Topic: Youth Vote
The student newspaper of Middle Tennessee State University, Sidelines, quoted Birdsong in an Oct. 31 story about the student vote.

NPR quoted Daniel Rajaiah, University of Dayton senior and president of Ohio College Democrats, in an Oct. 3 story about what he would ask Mitt Romney in the presidential debate.

The Associated Press quoted Rajaiah in an Aug. 28 story about President Obama's outreach to students on college campuses.

Robin Meade of CNN's Headline News interviewed Ken Henning, a University of Dayton senior and Clayton city councilman, about his involvement in politics at a young age.

Topic: Debates
CNBC quoted Valenzano in an Oct. 19 story about the final presidential debate.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette quoted Valenzano in an OCt. 16 story about the second presidential debate.

Topic: Economy
Bloomberg quoted Richard Stock, director of the University's Business Research Group, in a story April 30 about the struggling middle class and President Obama's policies. 

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International

ARGENTINA
Telam, a daily newspaper, quoted Neeley in a Nov. 2 story about the U.S. election. 

AUSTRALIA
Assistant professor of political science Joshua Ambrosius spoke with ABC NewsRadio "Inside America" Nov. 14 about post-election analysis he did on the urban vote.

Former Ohio Gov. Bob Taft, now a distinguished research associate in the School of Education and Allied Professions, was a guest Nov. 2 and Sept. 21 on "Planet America," a U.S.-focused TV news program on ABC (Australia). He discussed the importance of Ohio in the U.S. election.

Taft also spoke to a reporter with Australian radio on Election Day about Ohio's role as a swing state.

BRAZIL
Veja
, the country's leading weekly newsmagazine, quoted associate professor of political science Grant Neeley in two stories on the eve of the election Nov. 5 about the presidential race and Ohio's role as a swing state.

Correio Braziliense quoted Neeley in an Oct. 19 story about the U.S. election. Correio Braziliense is the leading daily newspaper in the capital of Brazil.

CANADA
The Canadian Press quoted Birdsong in a Nov. 1 story about the looming disappointment of nearly 50 percent of Americans whose preferred candidate will lose the election, and how Washington, D.C., can avoid gridlock. "I hope public pressure would cause them to really focus and work together. After four years of congressional gridlock, people are fed up."

FRANCE
Stock spoke with Radio France International on the eve of the election Nov. 5 about the role of the economy in voters' decisions. 

Liberation, a daily newspaper, interviewed Neeley Nov. 1 about the role of Ohio in the election.

TV news program France 24 interviewed Birdsong Oct. 31 about the importance of Ohio in the election, who would win Ohio, and what to watch for as returns come in.

Birdsong and Neeley both gave interviews Oct. 23 to France5, a television news channel covering President Barack Obama's visit to Dayton. 

ISRAEL
Mishpacha, a weekly Orthodox Jewish magazine, quoted Neeley in its Oct. 24 issue about the U.S. election and the voters of the Midwest. 

JAPAN
TV Tokyo interviewed Martorano Miller on Nov. 2 for her insight on Ohio's role in the U.S. presidential election.

NETHERLANDS
Neeley was interviewed Nov. 1 about the role of Ohio in the election by a reporter from Algemeen Dagblad.

RUSSIA
Political science lecture Dan Birdsong spoke with Radio Svoboda Sept. 13 about the post-convention bounce in polls for Mitt Romney and Barack Obama. Radio Svoboda is the leading international broadcaster in Russia.

UK
The BBC interviewed associate professor of political science Nancy Martorano Miller for a Nov. 5 story about Ohio's role in the U.S. election.

Miller wrote an op-ed for The Guardian Oct. 31 about Catholic social teaching and capitalism.

BBC Newsnight interviewed Richard Stock, director of the University's Business Research Group, for a special feature Jan. 10 about the struggling economy in Ohio, and which party's policies can fix it.

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Ohio

CINCINNATI
700 WLW-AM
interviewed political science lecturer Dan Birdsong Nov. 14 about a rise in citizen petitions to secede from the U.S.

The Cincinnati Enquirer quoted associate professor of political science Nancy Martorano Miller in a story the day after the election about gridlock in Washington.

700 WLW-AM interviewed associate professor of political science Grant Neeley Nov. 5 about Ohio's role as a swing state in the election.

The Cincinnati Enquirer quoted Richard Stock, director of the University's Business Research Group, in a story Oct. 21 about how the recession affects college graduates and those without degrees differently.

700 WLW-AM interviewed assistant professor of communication Joe Valenzano III several times in October for his perspective on the presidential debates. He was on air Oct. 4, 5, 12, 22 and 30. He also was on air Nov. 8 giving his reaction to the election outcome.

The Cincinnati Enquirer quoted Birdsong in a story Oct. 16 about the importance of southwest Ohio in the presidential election.

The Cincinnati Enquirer quoted Birdsong in a story Jan. 13 about Mitt Romney's lead in the Ohio Primary.

The Cincinnati Enquirer published an op-ed Aug. 30, 2011, by Birdsong about giving presidential candidates free air time to make their pitches to voters.

The Cincinnati Enquirer published an op-ed March 23, 2011, by Birdsong about the importance of public broadcasting to democracy. 

COLUMBUS
The Columbus Dispatch quoted Valenzano in a story Oct. 7 about how voters perceive negative campaign ads. 

The Columbus Dispatch quoted Birdsong in a story Aug. 30 about candidates using pop songs without permission from the artists.

The Columbus Dispatch quoted Stock in a story Aug. 19 about Ohio's U.S. Senate candidates each claiming credit for their party's economic policies for Ohio's improving economy.

The Columbus Dispatch quoted Birdsong in a story Aug. 12 about Mitt Romney selecting Paul Ryan as his running mate.

WYSX-TV interviewed Neeley March 14 about the political impact of President Obama's visit to Dayton for the NCAA's First Four.

On the day of the Ohio Primary, The Columbus Dispatch quoted Birdsong in a story about where the frontrunners were campaigning.

CLEVELAND
90.3 WCPN-FM "Ideastream" interviewed Birdsong Oct. 22 for a story about Ohio as a key battleground state.

The Plain Dealer quoted Birdsong in a story March 11 about Romney's victory in Ohio.

CENTRAL OHIO
The Canton Repository, part of the Central Ohio newspapers network, quoted Neeley in a story Oct. 27 about Mitt Romney and President Obama being tied in the polls. 

The Lancaster Eagle Gazette, part of the Central Ohio newspapers network, quoted Birdsong in a story Oct. 20 about how the jobless rate may affect the election.

The Canton Repository quoted Birdsong in a story Sept. 23 about President Obama leading by 5 points in the polls.

The Newark Advocate, part of the Central Ohio newspapers network, quoted Neeley in a story March 2 about expected GOP turnout and how it might affect ballot issues.

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Local (Dayton)

DAYTON DAILY NEWS
Nov. 11: Assistant professor of political science Joshua Ambrosius wrote an op-ed about election results in urban counties. 

Nov. 10: Associate professor of political science Grant Neeley talking about election results.

Nov. 8: Neeley about Montgomery County election results.

Nov. 7: Associate professor of political science Nancy Martorano Miller in two stories about election results.

Nov. 7: Political science lecturer Dan Birdsong about Senate race results.

Nov. 4: Former Ohio Gov. Bob Taft, now a distinguished research associate in the School of Education and Allied Professions, about Ohio as the center of the political universe during the election.

Nov. 2: Birdsong about smartphones in the voting booth.

Oct. 29: Birdsong about final week of Senate race.

Oct. 27: Vince Miller, Gudorf Chair in Catholic Theology and Culture, and Richard Saphire, law professor, about preachers engaging in politics from the pulpit.

Oct. 21: Education professor Thomas J. Lasley II about school levies on the ballot.

Oct. 18: Birdsong about Ohio Senate candidates debate.

Oct. 17: Assistant professor of communication Joe Valenzano III about public speaking skills and presidential debates.

Oct. 10: Martorano Miller about Romney campaigning in Sidney.

Oct. 9: Neeley about presidential race tightening in Ohio.

Oct. 7: Assistant professor of sociology Jeremy Forbis op-ed about polling methodology

Oct. 3: Birdsong about how candidates will try to win swing state Ohio.

Sept. 29: University of Dayton seniors Jamie Leaver, president of College Republicans, and Daniel Rajaiah, president of Ohio College Democrats, in a story about enthusiasm among young voters.

Sept. 22: Martorano Miller about candidates reaching out to women voters.

Sept. 15: Richard Stock, director of the University's Business Research Group, and Birdsong about southwest Ohio's changing role in the election.

Sept. 4: Martorano Miller about the Democratic Party embracing same-sex marriage on its platform

Sept. 1: Martorano Miller about Democratic National Convention.

Aug. 28: Saphire about early voting policies.

Aug. 20: Saphire about Ohio's early voting options.

Aug. 18: Stock about the role of the economy in Ohio Senate race.

Aug. 11: Birdsong about Mitt Romney selecting Paul Ryan as running mate.

July 2: Birdsong about Tea Party preparing for election season.

June 13: Neeley about presidential candidates campaigning in Ohio.

March 7: Birdsong about Mitt Romney's victory in Ohio Primary.

March 7: Martorano Miller about Ohio Primary.

March 3: Martorano Miller about GOP candidate Rick Santorum's fundraising in Ohio.

Jan. 4: Birdsong about Rick Santorum's difficulty in raising money.

Dec. 17, 2011: Martorano Miller on wealth of candidates running for state office.

Nov. 10, 2011: Birdsong about voters rejecting SB 5.

Aug. 27, 2011: Birdsong about candidates receiving free air time to make appeals to voters.

WDTN-TV
Oct. 25: Taft and students in his class about Congressional candidates releasing tax returns. 

Oct. 9: Saphire about Ohio early voting challenge at the U.S. Supreme Court.

Sept. 17: GOP and Democratic state party leaders debate at UD.

DAYTON'S NEWS SOURCE (WRGT/WKEF)
Nov. 8: Valenzano about social media and political leanings. 

Nov. 6: Birdsong on Fox 45 Morning Show previewing Election Day.

Oct. 3: Valenzano previewing first presidential debate.

Oct. 2: Neeley about the start of early voting in Ohio.

Aug. 14: Birdsong about the religions of Mitt Romney and running mate Paul Ryan.

March 7: Birdsong on Fox 45 Morning Show discussing results of Ohio Primary.

DAYTON BUSINESS JOURNAL
Aug. 28: UD senior and Clayton city councilman Ken Henning about his role as a page at the GOP National Convention.

March 6: Neeley about GOP funding in Ohio Primary.

WHIO-TV
Nov. 4: Neeley on WHIO Reports talk show about upcoming election. 

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