Campbell Conversations

Interview: Kevin Ahern

Campbell Conversations: president of the Syracuse Teachers Association

Kevin Ahern is the president of the Syracuse Teachers Association, the local teachers’ union in the city. He’s held that post for five years; before that he taught English for 12 years in the Syracuse city school system. He also attended Syracuse city schools.



Interview: Karen DeWitt

Campbell Conversations: Karen DeWitt

Karen DeWitt is the Capital bureau chief for New York State Public Radio. She’s been covering the capital with the network for 25 years.



Interview: John Katko

Grant Reeher speaks with Congressman John Katko

On Jan. 6, Republican John Katko began his service as representative of New York’s 24 Congressional District. He defeated Democratic incumbent Rep. Dan Maffei (D-Syracuse) in November by 20 percentage points. A few weeks prior to taking the oath of office, he spoke with Grant Reeher on the Campbell Conversations. Feature Photo: Ryan Delaney/WRVO



Interview: Zephyr Teachout

Zephyr Teachout challenged incumbent Andrew Cuomo for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination.

In September, Zephyr Teachout challenged incumbent Andrew Cuomo for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination. Teachout, a Fordham Law School professor, has published a book, Corruption in America: From Benjamin Franklin’s Snuff box to Citizens United. Teachout was director of Internet organizing for the 2004 Howard Dean presidential campaign. She has also been a national director of the Sunlight Program.



Interview: Marsha Weissman

The founding executive director of the Center for Community Alternatives (CCA)

This interview continues the recent Campbell Conversation theme of poverty in Syracuse. Weissman is the founding executive director of the Center for Community Alternatives (CCA), headquartered in Syracuse and New York City. CCA is a research advocacy and service organization dedicated to alternatives to incarceration and supporting people in the criminal justice system.



Interview: Jeff Speck

The author of Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America One Step at a Time.

Jeff Speck is a highly regarded city planner and architectural designer and the author of Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America One Step at a Time. He's the co-author of Suburban Nation: The Rise of Sprawl and the Decline of the American Dream.



Interview: Francisco Altschul and Julio Liggoria

Francisco Altschul is El Salvador’s ambassador to the United States; Julio Ligorria is Guatemala’s ambassador.

Francisco Altschul is El Salvador's ambassador to the United States; Julio Ligorria is Guatemala's ambassador. Altschul was a spokesman for El Salvador's Democratic Revolutionary Front and a counselor for the city of San Salvador. Ligorria has a background in business and media.



Interview: Eleanor Powell

Eleanor Powell is a political science professor at Yale

Central New York has just experienced (or has it endured?) another extremely expensive congressional election. Eleanor Powell is a political science professor at Yale University who’s an expert on the role of money in politics, and in particular in Congress.



Interview: John Katko and Dan Maffei

Part II

This is the second half of a conversation with Democrat Dan Maffei and Republican challenger John Katko, the candidates running to represent New York’s 24th District in the House of Representatives. Readers can find the first half HERE.



Interview: John Katko and Dan Maffei

The two candidates running for Congress

Incumbent Democrat Dan Maffei and Republican challenger John Katko are seeking to represent New York’s 24th District in the House of Representatives. Last month, the New Times invited both candidates to a joint interview; Katko agreed within 24 hours, Maffei has yet to get back to us three weeks later. We’re no longer holding our breath waiting for his reply. However, they both participated in a Campbell Conversation, and this week and next the New Times will publish extended transcripts of that interview. The first part focuses on the campaign and international issues.