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WOAI trouble shooter speaks at Main Campus March 6

WOAI Trouble Shooter Brian Collister will speak about the media’s influence on elections at 2:30 p.m. March 6. Photo courtesy of WOAI.com

Students will have the opportunity to hear from investigative reporter and WOAI Trouble Shooter Brian Collister 2:30 p.m.-3:50 p.m. March 6 in Room 305 of Main Campus Building.

The recipient of six regional Emmys, Collister is scheduled to discuss his 12 years experience at WOAI and 17 years as an investigate reporter.

Phillip Cortez, political science adjunct professor, coordinated the event with the former San Antonio councilman (District 4) who, according to his website, is running for Texas State Representative (District 117).

Cortez said he is tying the presentation to his election and campaign class which is currently covering the media as a political watchdog.

In addition to discussing his media experience, Cortez said Collister will also discuss the media’s influence on elections.

Cortez said he asked Collister to offer this presentation because of his experience as a investigate reporter in San Antonio. According to WOAI news website, Collister is a licensed private investigator and member of the national organization Investigative Reporters and Editors.

“Collister is an investigate journalist who has explored the impact of media effects on campaigns and elections, which could have a negative or positive impression,” Cortez said.

Reached by phone, Collister said, “Reporters have an important role to play in the political process.”

Collister said he has led discussions for college students who want to be public officials and have covered such topics as the etiquette of political speech.

According to the University calendar, “Collister specialized in investigative reporting for most of his career since graduating from Sam Houston State University with a degree in Broadcast Journalism.”

The presentation is open to all Texas A&M-San Antonio students and faculty.

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Chris Ramos
Chris Ramos
Christopher Ramos joined The Mesquite in Fall 2012 as a general assignment campus reporter. A communications major and criminology minor, he has reported on campus crime, student clubs and A&M-San Antonio’s School of Education. He joined the health care team in Summer 2012 to report on issues affecting uninsured college students in San Antonio. Chris is a 2006 O'Connor High School graduate and transferred to A&M-San Antonio from Palo Alto College. After graduation, he will pursue a career in law enforcement with the San Antonio Police Department

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