Nell McCormack Abom is an Emmy Award-winning broadcast journalist who for the last ten years has hosted Central Pennsylvania's premier live, primetime broadcast public-affairs program, Smart Talk. The Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences honored Ms. McCormack Abom with a 2011 Emmy as Outstanding On-Camera Talent/Program Host/Moderator. Both she and the program have received multiple Emmy nominations and Pennsylvania Associated Press Broadcasters' Association awards over the last decade. Prior to joining Smart Talk, Ms. McCormack Abom helped direct media relations for Pennsylvania Governors Tom Ridge (R) and Bob Casey (D). Under Ridge, Governing magazine described it as "Pennsylvania's masterful P.R. machine." Among her many accomplishments are co-producing the award-winning live broadcast and webcast of the historic PA Safe Schools Summit; directing and producing Pennsylvania's first-ever, multi-live shot, interactive state budget address in 1998; and collaborating on the 1995 Emmy-winning documentary, "Fighting Back: Pennsylvania's Special Session on Crime." Ms. McCormack Abom also has worked as a field producer/writer for KYW-TV in Philadelphia, as State Capitol Correspondent for WITF-TV, and has reported for television stations in Baltimore, Charleston, West Virginia and Duluth, Minnesota. She has won numerous awards for her reporting and public relations work. Ms. McCormack Abom is a summa cum laude graduate in Television and Radio Communications from Ithaca College, Ithaca, New York.