“Meet the Press” in Washington, D.C., Sunday Oct. 23, 2016. Pictured are (L-R), Madeline Smanik, Carly Cundiff, Abrial Neely, Bob Noll, Mary Frances McGowan, Chuck Todd, Omar Meza, Ryan Brown Ben Gebhardt, Ashley Bastock. (Photo by: William B. Plowman/NBC) Representatives of John Carroll University's award-winning campus newspaper, The Carroll News
, were selected for the distinguished honor of visiting NBC's Washington, D.C. studios to watch a live broadcast of "Meet the Press," hosted by Chuck Todd. The students were able to tour the news operation and watch the live broadcast on Sunday, October 23. Guests for the broadcast included Democratic vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine, and Kellyanne Conway, who serves as the campaign manager for Republican presidential nominee, Donald Trump. "This was an incredible experience for our Carroll News editors as they explore their path to professional journalism," said Robert (Bob) Noll, John Carroll University professor and advisor to the student newspaper. He added, "We are grateful for the network's continued support of the NBC/JCU Meet the Press Fellowship
which has resulted in journalism careers for our students." Madeline Smanik
, a 2016 John Carroll graduate, is the current NBC/JCU Meet the Press
Fellowship recipient. She and Ashley Bastock
, a 2015 JCU graduate and Fellowship alumnus who was officially hired by Meet the Press earlier this year as a production assistant, made time to talk with The Carroll News students about their work experience. NBC and John Carroll University created the NBC/John Carroll University Meet the Press Fellowship in honor of 1972 John Carroll alumnus, Timothy J. Russert. It is awarded to a John Carroll University graduating senior motivated to pursue a career in political journalism.