Media Advisory: Wake Forest University offers Super Tuesday commenters

*Note to media, clicking on each expert’s name will also take you to their expert profile with more information about his background and research. Please contact Stephanie Skordas to arrange media interviews.

John Dinan

An expert on state politics, John Dinan can analyze North Carolina politics and elections. He closely follows North Carolina political races and can comment on state elections as well as congressional races. Why did North Carolina voters for many years split their ticket, giving Democrats control of the state legislature but voting for Republican presidential candidates? And why did this recently change, such that in 2008 North Carolina’s electoral votes went to the Democratic ticket for the first time in over three decades and in 2010 Republicans gained majorities in both houses of the General Assembly for the first time in well over a century?

David Coates

Whether he’s going head to head against a conservative talk radio host or providing instant analysis of breaking news, David Coates is not afraid to voice his opinion. Well-versed on key policy issues, Coates has been interviewed by the PBS News Hour,Investors Daily and Newsweek just to name a few.

He also is author of the two new books, Answering Back: Liberal Responses to Conservative Arguments, which provides conservatives views and a point-by-point progressive response to eight key policy issues now in contention between the parties; and Making the Progressive Case: Towards a Stronger U.S. Economy, which lays out and refutes conservative arguments on market deregulation, green issues, foreign trade and the current strength of the economy.

Allan Louden

From presidential debates to political advertising, Allan Louden has provided expert commentary and analysis for USA Today, The Los Angeles Times, MSNBC, Newsweek and a wide range of other media outlets. He analyzes political debates and wrote presidential debate commentaries for the Charlotte Observer during the 2008 election. He follows political advertising and candidates’ debates in presidential, Senate, gubernatorial and high profile House races.

John Llewellyn

Actions may speak louder than words, but John Llewellyn knows the right words have the power to prompt people to action. Llewellyn is a scholar of rhetoric whose work includes analyzing persuasive language from the nation’s most prominent politicians, coaches and civil rights leaders. A former speechwriter and public information officer, Llewellyn also specializes in crisis communication, having studied the intersection of politics and public relations for nearly 30 years.


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