Newsmakers from Your Local election Headquarters will air this Saturday September 17 and Sunday, September 18th.
    Jayne Ann Bugda and Andy Mehalshick host the program.

Jayne Ann and Andy will be talking with Dr. Jane Elmes Crahall- of Wilkes University about the power of a political speech.
   Dr. Okla Elliot of Misericordia University will talk about third party candidates and the Bernie Sanders factor.  Dr. Elliot is the author of a book about Bernie Sanders.

And Dr. Jean Wahl Harris and Dr. Jan Kelly from the University of Scranton will speak on encouraging women to get involved in politics- and an upcoming workshop on the topic at the University

   Newsmakers airs this Saturday, September 17 at 10:30 pm on WYOU

and Sunday September 18 at 11 am on WBRE and 11:30 am on WYOU.

“Wanted: More Women Candidates”
   Saturday, Oct. 8
   The University of Scranton
     The workshop fee is $50 ($15 for student with school ID) and includes breakfast and lunch.  
      More Information 570-941-7520

*Women in Northeast Pennsylvania and surrounding counties who want to run for office or get involved with public service now have a place to turn for campaign training. A workshop, “Wanted: More Women Candidates,” will be held on Saturday, Oct. 8, at The University of Scranton.
Workshop participants will learn from prominent leaders, campaign consultants and others.  Topics to be covered include: qualifications for public office, how to be a credible and viable candidate, message training and campaign finances.
Keynote speaker, Jean Wahl Harris, Ph.D., professor of the Political Science Department at the University, will present “Women, Elections and a Healthy Democracy.”



Okla Elliott is an assistant professor at Misericordia University. He holds an MFA in creative writing from Ohio State University and a PhD from University of Illinois where he completed a dissertation on trauma studies and comparative genocide studies. He has also earned a certificate in legal studies from Purdue University. His work has appeared in Harvard Review, The Hill, Huffington Post, and many literary and scholarly journals, as well as being included as a “notable essay” in Best American Essays 2015. His books include The Doors You Mark Are Your Own (a novel), Bernie Sanders: The Essential Guide (nonfiction), and Pope Francis: The Essential Guide (nonfiction, forthcoming).

Dr. Jane Elmes-Crahall, professor of communication studies at Wilkes University, is affectionately known as “Jane” amongst the close-knit communications studies majors on campus. She has been an instrumental force behind the quality, hands-on approach that is the Communication Studies program since she joined the faculty in 1985. She teaches in both the Organizational Communication/PR and Rhetoric concentrations. A practical approach to teaching is what Jane underscored when she proposed starting a student-run public relations agency on campus. The proposal became a reality in 2000 and Zebra Communications was formed.

Jane is regarded as an expert in political rhetoric by print and broadcast media. She has negotiated and moderated nearly 20 political debates, including those at mayoral, congressional and gubernatorial levels. She regularly provides expert analysis on political speeches, debates and policy statements for regional and national media, including various Associated Press reporters, USA Today, The Christian Science Monitor, The Philadelphia Inquirer, MSNBC, NPR, The Congressional Roll Call and even Bill O’Reilly’s nationally syndicated radio show.

A frequent speaker, Jane was a featured lecturer at the Chautauqua Institution’s prestigious Amphitheater on three occasions in 1996 and 2000.She holds a B.A. in Political Science from Bloomsburg State College (now Bloomsburg University) and a Ph.D. in Rhetoric/Communications from the University of Pittsburgh.


Jean Wahl Harris, Ph.D., earned all three of her college degrees from the State University of New York at Binghamton: her bachelor’s degree is in law and society, and her master’s degree and doctoral degree in political science.

Dr. Harris joined The University of Scranton faculty in 1987. She is a professor teaching for the Political Science Department and the Women’s Studies Program at the University. In addition, she serves as the coordinator of the Ready to Run™ Northeast Pennsylvania Program. Previously she served as the chairperson of the Political Science Department and the director of the Women’s Studies program.

She is co-author of American Democracy Now, an American Government textbook, now going into its fifth edition with McGraw-Hill Education

Dr. Harris is an active member of the League of Women Voters of Lackawanna County and is involved politically in her home county of Wyoming, PA.
Jan Kelly, Ph.D., professor emeritus of communication at The University of Scranton, earned her bachelor’s degree from The Pennsylvania State University, her master’s degree from San Francisco State University and her doctorate from the University of Minnesota.
Dr. Kelly joined the faculty at Scranton in 1988. She taught a variety of courses: organizational, gender, small group, and interpersonal communication; introductory and advanced public relations; and communication theory.  Before coming to Scranton, she was a tenured professor and the director of graduate studies at San Jose State University, San Jose, California.

For the past thirty years, Dr. Kelly has been engaged in projects designed to elevate the status of women. She is a founding member of the Luzerne County Commission for Women and the Northeastern Pennsylvania Women in Higher Education. Dr. Kelly served as a board member for the Pennsylvania Women’s Campaign Fund, a statewide political action committee that funds progressive women candidates for the state legislature and for the Penn’s Woods Girl Scout Council. During President Bill Clinton’s tenure, she consulted with the White House Office on Women’s Outreach and Initiatives and prepared a report, “Women’s Voices,” that was circulated throughout the administration and other federal agencies. She regularly offers communication workshops/seminars for local women’s groups and has worked on several political campaigns.