Josh Scheinblum '11 is living his dream.
After graduating from Gettysburg College with a degree in political science, he moved to Cedar Rapids, Iowa and became a reporter for KGAN/KFXA, the local CBS and Fox television news affiliate. Scheinblum has covered everything from the 2011 floods of Dubuque County to a visit from President Barack Obama. And now he is a part of history in the making as he reports live from the 2012 Iowa caucuses.
Scheinblum recently caught up with his alma mater and answered a few questions about his experiences since he graduated this past May.
What do you do?
I am the primary morning show reporter for "CBS 2 This Morning" and the "Fox News at 7 AM" for KGAN/KFXA based out of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. I also do packages for broadcasts at noon (CBS), 5 and 6 p.m. (CBS), 9 p.m. (Fox), and 10 p.m. (CBS).
What is your favorite part of your job?
My favorite part of my job is covering stories that are on the national scene. I have had some pretty cool moments being assigned the same stories as people I worked with/met when I interned at CBS - from Presidential visits to presidential candidate campaign stops. One moment I will never forget was when I covered President Obama's visit to Peosta, Iowa. Sitting with the Washington press pool next to Wolf Blitzer, while talking politics with Norah O'Donnell, and debating baseball with Chuck Todd, in between live shots was the moment for me when I knew all of the hard work I put in when I was in school was paying off.
Who have you covered so far in the 2012 presidential race?
Since July I have covered Michelle Bachmann, Ron Paul, Mitt Romney, and Rick Santorum. I have been given the opportunity to ask questions of Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum. I haven't had a conversation with fellow Gettysburg alum Ron Paul '57 yet, but I hope our paths cross.
Do the polls reflect what you are seeing and hearing on the ground?
It's hard to say if the poll numbers actually represent what is going on in the state, but at least for Santorum, I think that is definitely the case. In the last couple weeks he has surged into the polls into third place. I can tell you in my experience, there was hardly anyone at the campaign stops where I covered him five months ago other than a few members of the local press and his staff. But now, his events have been packed with supporters and local/national media alike. I am really curious to see how he finishes tonight.
What has been the highlight of your career so far?
Fun little Gettysburg story: I did a story on Rick Santorum when I first started at KGAN and before I interviewed him we spent some time reminiscing how he had been a guest on my radio show, "The Josh and Jeff Experience," when I was in college. Today I spent my day doing live shots explaining to folks how the caucuses actually work, I think political science Prof. Bruce Larson would have been proud.
Caucus day is here in Iowa!!! I'm live at one of Linn county's larger spots (st. Mark's, Marion) to tell you how it all works!— Josh Scheinblum (@joshshiney) January 3, 2012
Founded in 1832, Gettysburg College is a highly selective four-year residential college of liberal arts and sciences with a strong academic tradition. Alumni include Rhodes Scholars, a Nobel laureate, and other distinguished scholars. The college enrolls 2,600 undergraduate students and is located on a 200-acre campus adjacent to the Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania.
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