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Our Man in D.C.


When Ken Goldstein isn’t explaining politics to his USF students, he’s explaining politics to the rest of the country. As the 2016 presidential race heats up, Goldstein — and his razor-sharp political insights — are hard to miss. Nearly every week he’s on television, on the radio, or quoted in the pages of the nation’s top newspapers and magazines, offering his take on everything from political advertising strategies to the latest candidate polling numbers.

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At 50, the professor and director of the USF in D.C. program has earned a reputation for clear, unbiased analysis, stemming from decades of studying campaigns and politics. When he’s not on camera, he’s often not too far away. He’s worked at network news stations for every presidential election since 1988, crunching numbers behind the scenes on election night to forecast winners as the polls close nationwide.

This year he’ll be at ABC, where he’s been on the election night coverage team for nearly two decades.

“It’s a rush,” says Goldstein. “It’s busy, it’s fast-paced, it’s history in the making. I love it.”

- Read more in the most recent edition of USF Magazine

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