Redding Resident & WCSU Student is Anchor for University's Election Connection

Prize-winning “Election Connection” features Oct. 31 preview and Nov. 7 election broadcasts

Western Connecticut State University students and faculty members will present a three-hour live broadcast of the award-winning annual election night program “Election Connection” from 8 to 11 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 7, from the high-definition TV studio on the university’s Midtown campus in Danbury.

“Election Connection,” now in its seventh year, will reach viewers across western and central Connecticut on Charter Spectrum Cable Channel 192 and Comcast Xfinity Channel 97. A radio simulcast of the program will air on WXCI-FM (91.7), with live Web streaming of the broadcast provided at www.wcsu.edu/live and www.wxci.org.

Coordinated by executive producer Dr. JC Barone, professor of communication and media arts at WCSU, this year’s broadcast will feature up-to-the-minute coverage of 2017 municipal elections in cities and towns throughout the viewing area, as well as discussion of topical issues facing Connecticut voters at the state and national levels. Thirty-two students will participate in this year’s “Election Connection” presentation.

The production will be directed by Catherine McConkey, a visiting international student and media arts major from Lisburn in County Antrim, Northern Ireland. Anchors for the broadcast will be communication major Kaelee Collins, of Wolcott; political science major John Board, of Redding; and Dr. Jacqueline Guzda, assistant professor of communication and media arts. Communication major Alanna Hill, of Ridgefield, will provide in-studio polling and electoral results and analysis, and four field teams will deliver live reports from Republican and Democratic headquarters for contested mayoral and first selectman elections across the region.

Student producers for this year’s “Election Connection” broadcasts will include Board and media arts majors George Richard, of Shelton, and Samantha Saalborn, of New Fairfield.