October 11, 2013

To the William Paterson University Community

Coverage of Tuesday’s gubernatorial debate on our campus has generated widespread visibility for William Paterson University.  This event brings a great sense of pride to our campus community.

News coverage by television and radio stations, newspapers and internet sites has resulted in visibility for William Paterson University in our region and nationally.   Our debate partners – WCBS-TV (New York), KYW-TV (Philadelphia), The Record and The Asbury Park Press/Gannett NJ Newspapers – helped to promote the event and then provided extensive coverage before and after the debate.

CBS reports that more than 550,000 viewers in New York and Philadelphia watched the live broadcast.  Nearly 50 reporters and photographers covered the debate on site and many others reported from remote sites or picked up syndicated coverage.   Reports were included in The New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Star-Ledger, Telemundo and on the Associated Press national wire, which has resulted in coverage in more than 1,000 newspapers and websites.

For a sampling of the newspaper coverage, click here and click here to view examples of the TV coverage.

To view the entire debate as broadcast on CBS, click here.

In addition, a panel of our students held a lively post-debate discussion in the Hobart Hall Martini Center that was moderated by Professor Christine Kelly, political science, and Professor Joann Lee, communication.  Thank you to our colleagues in the political science and communication departments for organizing this event showcasing our well-informed and articulate students.  The half-hour event was broadcast on the University's cable channel; to view the session, click here.

The production of the debate required a team effort campus wide.  I continue to marvel at the outstanding work provided by so many people in so many departments across the William Paterson University campus.  A special thank you goes to the Music Department faculty and students for their assistance and flexibility as classrooms and schedules in Shea were modified to accommodate the debate. Because of the need to create space for the candidates and the press, the Music Department not only had to rearrange classes and private lessons, but over the weekend students and faculty pitched in to help prepare rooms for the media. We appreciate the willingness of the Music Department faculty, staff and students to be so accommodating and thank Department Chair Diane Falk-Romaine for her support.

I am very proud of the great job done across the William Paterson University campus.


Kathleen Waldron


William Paterson University
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