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STFriday: journalism, politics and football

Written by Matt Paul, Reporter/Producer | Jan 3, 2014 8:16 AM

What to look for on Smart Talk Friday:

The New Year began on a sad note at the state Capitol, with news of the passing of long-time political journalist Pete DeCoursey. Many knew him as a prolific and influential reporter, but newsmakers and members of the Pennsylvania Legislative Correspondents Association are also remembering DeCoursey as a thoughtful and caring friend.

DeCoursey, who had been battling cancer, was 52.

We opened the show by hearing from some of the reporters who worked alongside DeCoursey. The on-air version had to be significantly trimmed down, so we've posted a more expansive version below. Stories here are from reporters John Baer, Brad Bumsted, Scott Detrow, Chris Comisac, Karen Langley, Tony Romeo, Laura Olson, Kate Giammarise, and Amy Worden.

Later, Political Junkie Ken Rudin will help us to remember some of the key political figures who left us in 2013, including former Pennsylvania governors George Leader and Bill Scranton.


Rep. Dwight Evans discussing his new book in studio with Matt Paul

We'll also talk with state Representative Dwight Evans, a Philadelphia Democrat who is entering his 34th year in Harrisburg. Evans spent 20 of those years as Democratic chairman of the powerful House Appropriations Committee, and he'll share some of the stories found inside his new book, Making Ideas Matter: My Life as a Policy Entrepreneur.

All that, plus we'll talk Penn State football with the York Daily Record's Frank Bodani.  PSU Athletic Director Dave Joyner says the search for a new coach should take days, not weeks. 


From Political Junkie Ken Rudin's collection

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  • Radio Smart Talk img 2014-01-03 09:34

    E-mail from Robert Davis:

    "This morning's tribute by peers of the late political reporter (I'm not
    familiar with his work and am not sure how to spell his name) was a
    wonderful reminiscence. Would that each of us have such heartfelt
    reactions to our own passing. Great work collecting the quotes."

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