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Chris Matthews Replaced at Wilkes University Panel Discussion on Oct. 25: “Election 2015: How Key Is The Keystone State?”

Chris Matthews, host of MSNBC’s Hardball, has canceled his appearance to lead the panel discussion about the 2016 presidential election at Wilkes University on Tuesday, Oct. 25. He will be replaced by Borys Krawczeniuk, political reporter of The Scranton Times-Tribune. “Election 2016: How Key Is The Keystone State?” will be held as scheduled at 11 a.m. in the Dorothy Dickson Darte Center for the Performing Arts on the Wilkes campus. The event will examine election issues and Pennsylvania’s role as a swing state in the battle between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. The event is free and open to the public.

Krawczeniuk will be joined by nationally recognized political scientists for the discussion. Participants are Lara Brown, interim director of the Graduate School of Political Management at George Washington University, Berwood Yost, director of the Center for Opinion Research at Franklin and Marshall College and Thomas Baldino, professor of political science at Wilkes University.

Krawczeniuk, a 28-year veteran of The Scranton Times-Tribune, has covered politics full-time since 2001 and as part of general assignment reporting throughout his 32-year newspaper career. Since 2001, he has written the newspaper's “Roderick Random” politics column, which has appeared in The Times-Tribune every Saturday since Nov. 9, 1895. He has won first-place awards for investigative reporting from the national Inland Press Association competition, the Pennsylvania Associated Press Managing Editors and the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association.  Krawczeniuk earned a bachelor’s degree in physics from King’s College and a master’s degree in broadcast journalism from Syracuse University. Before joining The Times-Tribune, he worked for the Tunkhannock New Age Examiner, nowthe Wyoming County Examiner, and the Wilkes-Barre Times Leader.

Lara Brown, who serves as associate professor at George Washington University, is the author of Jockeying for the American Presidency: The Political Opportunism of Aspirants, the first systematic study of presidential aspirants from the 1790s to the present. She is a regular contributor to U.S. News & World Report’s Thomas Jefferson Street blog, and is quoted regularly in leading media outlets nationwide. Her research interests include national elections, presidential aspirants, congressional incumbents, American political parties, the ideological underpinnings of presidential rhetoric, and political scandals. Prior to returning to academia, she served in the U.S. Department of Education under President William J. Clinton.

Berwood Yost, who is director of the Center for Opinion Research at Franklin and Marshall College where he also teaches courses in research methods and public health. He has substantial applied experience designing and implementing public opinion research using both qualitative and quantitative methods, and has conducted funded research on behalf of government, business, nonprofit organizations, public utilities, higher education, and the media.  His political polls are cited by media nationwide.

Baldino teaches political science at Wilkes University, including classes on legislative politics, parties and elections and Pennsylvania government. He is frequently interviewed by news media regionally and nationally for his insightful comments. His research interests include legislative politics, parties and elections, and Pennsylvania government and politics.  He serves as a faculty associate to the Legislative Office of Research Liaison of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and as the associate editor of Commonwealth, the journal of the Pennsylvania Political Science Association. He is the author of three books about the the elections process with Kyle Kreider, associate professor of political science. The most recent is Minority Voting in the United States.