7 NEWS and Suffolk University Launch Exclusive Polling Partnership for Political Season


BOSTON, MA - June 27, 2002 -- 7NEWS (WHDH-TV) and Suffolk University today announced an exclusive partnership to conduct a series of Massachusetts gubernatorial polls from now through the general election in November…delivering on-air and on-line results as well as comprehensive voter profiles and trends.

There will be six polls designed to regularly monitor upcoming political races in Massachusetts. The first poll is scheduled to be released Monday (July 1) in "7NEWS at 6" and again in "7NEWS at 11" both co-anchored by Randy Price and Caterina Bandini. Monday's poll will be a follow-up to the unanimous decision (5-0) by the state ballot law commission rejecting a challenge to Mitt Romney's residency ruling that the Republican candidate for Governor can remain on the ballot.

"Although this is a unique collaboration between two longtime neighbors in the Boston area, it makes perfect sense," said Michael R. Ronayne, Dean of Suffolk University's College of Arts & Sciences. "Combining the expertise of both organizations will allow the general public to continuously be informed of the latest developments of this year's political race. It's a win-win situation for everyone involved."

"Everyone at 7NEWS is pleased to partner with Suffolk University on what will be a very valuable source of information for our viewers as they consider their vote," said 7NEWS' News Director Ed Kosowski. "This partnership will result in the most up-to-the-minute, accurate, compelling polling information available…just the sort of project 7NEWS is all about."

"Polls have long been used by political professionals, campaigns, and media," said 7NEWS' Political Editor Andy Hiller when asked why 7NBC and Suffolk teamed to launch the polling partnership. "We think it's high time to share these polls' results with the voters. After all, if we know it, so should the public!"

Since the spring of 1995, Suffolk University has produced eight successful "classroom-to-field" telephone surveys with laser-like accuracy, measuring exciting political races in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina and Los Angeles. These surveys were produced by masters candidates enrolled in " Political Survey Research," a course in the professional politics program taught by Suffolk adjunct professor David Paleologos, author and professional pollster for 20 years.

"I have been blessed with eight consecutive classes of highly talented, motivated and diverse students with liberal, conservative and independent political philosophies," said Paleologos. "These students have been the heart and soul of the past eight surveys. They come together, debate their differences, work as a team and produce a research product second to none."

This year, Paleologos is managing a team of student pollsters trained to regularly monitor upcoming political races, analyze results and help educate the public about key issues in Massachusetts. Suffolk University continues to break new ground by posting on its website (www.suffolk.edu) 176 pages of statistical data from its most recent poll conducted in early June.

Serving the role of expert political analyst, Paleologos will join Andy Hiller on various 7NEWS newscasts throughout the campaign season. Hiller is widely regarded as the most provocative political reporter in New England, and 7NEWS highlights his analysis of political events throughout newscasts as well as in a regular segment entitled "The Hiller Instinct."

7NBC (WHDH-TV) is Boston's NBC Network affiliate, a Sunbeam Broadcasting station, and "the News Station" delivering the market's leading source for breaking news, special reports, features, and critical information: 7NEWS!

Suffolk University, located on Boston's historic Beacon Hill, is a comprehensive, global institution distinguished by its teaching and the intellectual contributions of its faculty. Suffolk offers a wide range of undergraduate and graduate programs in more than 70 areas of study. Its mission is to provide quality education at an affordable cost for students of all ages and backgrounds. Suffolk has a combined enrollment of more than 7,000 full-time and part-time students at its College of Arts and Sciences, Sawyer School of Management, Law School and New England School of Arts and Design.

7NBC Contact:
Ro Dooley Webster, Director of Public Relations
617-248-5565 / rdooley@whdh.com

Suffolk University Contacts:
Mariellen Norris at 617-573-8450 or
Tony Ferullo at 617-573-8448

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