SMPA Welcomes Two Terker Distinguished Fellows

August 31, 2019

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2019-20 Terker Distinguished Fellows Karen Finney and Steve Scully



Karen Finney, an independent political consultant, and Steve Scully, a Senior Executive Producer at C-SPAN join the School of Media and Public Affairs as the 2019-20 Terker Distinguished Fellows.


In their roles, they will participate in class discussions, student lunches, and public events throughout the academic year.

Established by Bruce and Cindy Terker in 2010, parents of 2013 SMPA graduate Jennifer Terker, the Terker Distinguished Fellows in the Media and Public Affairs program brings exceptional professionals from the fields of media, political communication and public affairs to SMPA each academic year.

Karen Finney currently offers her expertise in public affairs, media, crisis communications, and strategy to political and corporate clients throughout the world. Previously, Ms. Finney served as a Political Commentator on CNN and a Senior Advisor to Georgia Gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams. She was also the Senior Advisor for Communications and Political Outreach and Senior Spokesperson for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign in 2016. Ms. Finney brings with her a diverse communications and media background, from hosting her own show on MSNBC to managing crisis communication after 9/11 as the Communications Director for the New York City Board of Education.

Steve Scully joins SMPA from C-SPAN, where he currently serves as a Senior Executive Producer, Political Editor, and Primary Host. He coordinates all aspects of C-SPAN’s campaign programming and manages a team of field producers who are responsible for White House editorial coverage, politics, and special projects. Mr. Scully has managed election coverage for every presidential race since 1992. His resume boasts an impressive tenure as a reporter with various NBC and CBS affiliates. Mr. Scully was elected to the president’s seat of the White House Correspondents’ Association for the 2006 to 2007 term.

Both of these fellows come to SMPA with a long trail of accolades and a history of service to their communities. Ms. Finney is currently the Vice Chair of the board of NARAL Pro-Choice America and sits on the boards of Ultraviolet and Power Rising. Mr. Scully sits on several national civic boards, including the CJ Foundation for SIDS and First Candle, both devoted to the prevention of sudden infant death syndrome. The SMPA community is proud to welcome these dedicated and distinguished fellows.