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Award-Winning Political Reporter Skubick to Discuss November Election Issues at Ferris

Veteran political reporter Tim Skubick will help voters navigate the 2012 election during a presentation Tuesday, Oct. 23 at Ferris State University.

The Emmy-winning journalist, the state’s longest-serving state capitol correspondent, will share his insider’s take on the Nov. 6 presidential election and six Michigan ballot proposals. The free presentation, scheduled from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in College of Business Room 111, is open to the public.

“I’m on a statewide mission to encourage citizens to be more engaged in this election cycle, and that means not relying on political advertising to make decisions,” said Skubick, long-time host of the PBS television series “Off the Record.” “There is a lot of confusion out there over the six ballot questions, and this is a chance to get some reliable information on what these will and will not do.”

Skubick, who said he “sprinkles a good helping of humor” with commentary and analysis to engage, inform and entertain his audience, also will discuss the race between Democratic President Barack Obama and Republican candidate Mitt Romney.

“As for the presidential sweepstakes, the contest is closer than it was two weeks ago,” Skubick said. “Mitt Romney has closed the gap from a sure win for President Obama to a not-so-sure victory. I promise this will be a fulfilling event for the citizen who wants to cast an intelligent vote on Nov. 6.”

Skubick’s visit is one of several events organized by the university’s Political Engagement Project to spotlight the 2012 election and engage students and community members in the political process.

“The benefit to students, as well as the university and Big Rapids communities, is obvious,” said Richard Griffin, a political science professor and member of Ferris’ Political Engagement Project steering committee. “They will be well-informed by the primary political analyst in Michigan politics.”

Skubick covers the state capitol for various media outlets, including Detroit’s WWJ NewsRadio 950 and the Michigan Radio Network, writes a weekly column for several newspapers and a political blog for A member of the Michigan Journalism and Broadcasters halls of fame, Skubick holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Michigan State University.

The November election is the theme behind PEP’s fall-semester calendar. In addition to Skubick’s appearance, other events next week include a viewing party for the Monday, Oct. 22 presidential debate on foreign policy (9 p.m., COB 111), a “Politics and the Press” panel discussion on Wednesday, Oct. 24 (1 p.m., Rankin Student Center Dome Room), and a debate between the College Democrats and Republicans on Thursday, Oct. 25 (7 p.m., COB 111).