Martin Kaplan: Principal Investigator
Martin Kaplan is the director of The Norman Lear Center and associate dean at the USC Annenberg School for Communication. A summa cum laude graduate of Harvard, a Marshall Scholar to Cambridge University, and a Stanford Ph.D., he has been an Aspen Institute program officer; a federal education staffer; a Vice President's chief speechwriter; a Washington journalist in print, television, and radio; a deputy Presidential campaign manager; a Disney Studios vice president of motion picture production; and a film and television writer and producer.

Kenneth Goldstein: Principal Investigator
Kenneth Goldstein is an associate professor of political science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Goldstein received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan, and authored Interest Groups, Lobbying, and Participation in America, published by Cambridge University Press. His research on political advertising, turnout, campaign finance, survey methodology, Israeli politics, and presidential elections has also appeared in The American Journal of Political Science, The Journal of Politics, Public Opinion Quarterly, Political Science, and Political Communication, as well as in a series of book chapters.

Erika Franklin Fowler: Wisconsin NewsLab Project Director
Erika Franklin Fowler has worked with the Wisconsin NewsLab since its inception in the summer of 2002 when she was given primary responsibility for the logistics and execution of the project including project workflow, data collection, data analysis, and the development and implementation of the coding instrument. A summa cum laude graduate of St. Olaf College with a B.A. in political science and mathematics, Fowler is currently a graduate student in political science at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Her research interests include political communication, mass political behavior, and methodology.

James Fowler: Wisconsin NewsLab Technology Director
James Fowler is the lead consultant for CommIT - Technology Solutions, Inc ( CommIT handles all technical and software elements of the NewsLab at the University of Wisconsin - Madison. CommIT is a Madison based-technology company.

Matthew Hale: Research Director
Matt Hale is an Assistant Professor in the Center for Public Service at Seton Hall University and research director for the Lear Center Local News Archive. Since 1998, Hale has worked with Martin Kaplan on projects analyzing local television news of election campaigns. Hale has a Ph.D. and an MPA from the School of Policy, Planning and Development at the University of Southern California, and a BA in political science from the University of California at Irvine. Hale is also a veteran of several local, state and national political campaigns, where he worked in press and candidate advance operations.

Roberto Suro: Pew Hispanic Center Director
Born in the United States of parents from Puerto Rico and Ecuador, Suro has more than 25 years of experience researching and writing about Latinos, most recently for The Washington Post. He also worked as a foreign correspondent for Time Magazine and The New York Times in Latin America, Europe and the Middle East. Suro is author of Strangers Among Us: Latino Lives in a Changing America (Knopf, 1998, Vintage, 1999).












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