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Steve Scully
Steve Scully.jpg
Scully in 2012 at The Washington Center
Born (1960-09-17) September 17, 1960 (age 60)
Alma materAmerican University
Northwestern University
OccupationBroadcast journalist
Known forC-SPAN, Washington Journal
Spouse(s)Kathryn R. "Katie" Scully

Steven L. Scully (born September 17, 1960)[1] is an American broadcast journalist. He was the senior executive producer and political editor for the C-SPAN television network. He was one of the hosts for its morning call-in show, Washington Journal, as well as The Weekly, C-SPAN's podcast. Scully served on the board of the White House Correspondents Association for nine years, including as president from 2006 to 2007.

Early life and education

Scully was born in Erie, Pennsylvania to Hubert L. "Hoot" Scully and Elizabeth Jane North "Betty" Scully.[2] He was the 14th of 16 children, including five sets of twins.[3][4]

Scully received a 1982 undergraduate degree with honors in communication and political science from American University in Washington, D.C. during which he completed a 1980–81 study abroad program at the University of Copenhagen. He served as an intern for Sen. Joe Biden from September to October 1978 and in Sen. Ted Kennedy's media affairs office in early 1979 earning college credits.[5][6][7] Scully then earned a Master of Science degree in journalism from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism graduating magna cum laude in 1984.[6][8][5]


Scully began his journalism career in 1981-82 as a weekend newscaster on WAMU, the American University-based radio station. Following his undergraduate degree, he worked as a reporter and anchor for Erie's WSEE-TV in 1982 and 1983. He returned to WSEE after completing his graduate studies in 1984.[3] After a stint as a Washington, D.C.-based correspondent for WHBF-TV in Rock Island, Illinois, he joined WHEC-TV in Rochester, New York, in 1986 as a correspondent covering business, politics and local government. He also taught courses on media and politics as an adjunct faculty member at Nazareth College and St. John Fisher College.[8][9]

C-SPAN host

Scully joined C-SPAN in 1990 as political editor and White House producer.[3] From 1991 to 2020, he was responsible for coordinating campaign programming for C-SPAN, and C-SPAN Radio. As senior producer for the network's White House coverage,[10] Scully managed a team of field producers responsible for coverage of the White House, politics and special projects. He served as the regular Sunday host of Washington Journal, a live three-hour news and public affairs program.[6] He was a host and moderator for a number of other C-SPAN programs, including Newsmakers, Road to the White House and In Depth on Book TV.[10] In addition to his television work, he regularly appeared on C-SPAN Radio’s Washington Today, a live two-hour afternoon drive time program broadcast nationwide on Sirius XM Radio.[8]

On October 15, 2020, the date that the second 2020 Presidential Debate in Miami was supposed to be held before it was canceled due to President Donald Trump declining to agree to a virtual format after his COVID-19 diagnosis, C-SPAN suspended Scully indefinitely after he admitted to lying about his Twitter feed being hacked when confronted about an exchange he had with Anthony Scaramucci.[11] On two previous occasions, Scully claimed his account had been hacked when disavowing tweets sent from it.[12][13][14] Scully apologised to his colleagues stating "I ask for their forgiveness." [15]

Commission on Presidential Debates

Scully served as backup moderator for all of the presidential debates during fall 2016.[16][17] He was supposed to moderate the aforementioned second 2020 presidential debate, but the debate was cancelled due to Trump's refusal to agree to a virtual debate after his COVID-19 diagnosis.[18]

University lecturer

In January 2003, Scully assumed the Amos P. Hostetter Chair at the University of Denver and Cable Center, teaching a distance learning course on media, politics and public policy issues via a cable television connection between Washington, D.C., University of Denver, Pace University, and George Mason University. The class aired on C-SPAN and C-SPAN3, and was streamed via the C-SPAN website.[19] He taught the course at the University of Denver until 2011. He has also taught at George Mason University in conjunction with Purdue University and The Washington Center.[7][20] He has been a faculty member at the University of California DC Program and George Washington University.

White House Correspondents' Association

Scully served nine years on the Executive Board of the White House Correspondents' Association, and was elected by his peers to serve as president from 2006 to 2007.[6][10] Until her death, Scully's mother accompanied him to most WHCA dinners throughout the administrations of Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama.[4]


According to Politico, Scully is known in the media for his "evenhandedness".[21] He was the 2009 recipient of the Fitzwater Center for Communications Award, for exemplary journalism and public service,[22] and in the same year was recognized by The Washingtonian as one of the capital's "50 Top Journalists".[23] John Oliver has repeatedly referred to Scully as "The Most Patient Man on Television".[24] Scully was inducted into the Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 2019.[25]

Personal life

Scully and his wife, Kathryn R. "Katie" Scully reside in Fairfax Station, Virginia. They have four children. Mary Cate (their daughter) is a 2017 graduate of the United States Naval Academy and a lieutenant in the United States Navy. Their son is Daniel and they have two daughters, Cristen, and Natalie Cathleen whom they adopted in 2008. Daniel attended Paul VI Catholic High School and is now studying at James Madison University. Cristen attends Penn State University. Two others died in childhood, Carolyn in 1994 of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) and Jack in 1996.[26] Scully serves on the board of both the CJ Foundation for SIDS which raises money for sudden infant death syndrome research, St. Jude's Children Hospital and First Candle which aims to increases public awareness of SIDS.[6][26]


  1. ^ Rothstein, Besty (September 17, 2010). "Amazing Feats: C-SPAN's Scully Hits Milestone". Fish Bowl DC. Web Media Brands Inc. Retrieved December 16, 2011.
  2. ^ "Obituary: Elizabeth Jane North 'Betty' Scully". Erie Times-News. August 8, 2010. Retrieved December 15, 2011.
  3. ^ a b c "C-SPAN's Five Interviewers: Inside TV's Most Famous 'Un-Personalities'". Roll Call. CQ-Roll Call, Inc. April 8, 1993.
  4. ^ a b Rothstein, Besty (August 12, 2010). "C-SPAN's Scully's Mother Dies". Media Biastro: Fish Bowl DC. Web Media Brands Inc. Retrieved December 15, 2011.
  5. ^ a b "Steve Scully: School of Media & Public Affairs".
  6. ^ a b c d e "Keynote Speaker: Steve Scully". Adoption Conference 2010. Utah Valley University. November 22, 2010. Archived from the original on September 20, 2011. Retrieved December 15, 2011.
  7. ^ a b "Political Science 2703: Spring 2011 Syllabus" (pdf). Spring 2011. Retrieved December 15, 2011.
  8. ^ a b c "Interview with Steve Scully, C-SPAN". Journalism Jobs. December 15, 2011. Archived from the original on May 7, 2011. Retrieved December 15, 2011.
  9. ^ Faiwell, Sara (February 27, 2003). "Long-Distance Learning; C-SPAN, University of Denver Class Join Forces". Roll Call.
  10. ^ a b c Charbonneau, Melissa (April 27, 2010). "C-SPAN's Steve Scully enters 5 K race". The National Press Club. Retrieved December 15, 2011.
  11. ^ Staff, Writer (October 15, 2020). "C-SPAN suspends Steve Scully indefinitely after he admitted to lying about Twitter hack". MarketWatch. Associated Press. Retrieved October 15, 2020.
  12. ^ Niedzwiadek, Nick (October 9, 2020). "Trump attacks moderator for second debate over deleted tweet". Politico. Retrieved October 15, 2020.
  13. ^ Wulfsohn, Joseph (October 15, 2020). "Steve Scully has history of blaming 'hackers' for posts made on his Twitter account". Fox News. Retrieved October 15, 2020.
  14. ^ Montgomery, Blake (October 15, 2020). "C-SPAN Suspends Editor Steve Scully for Lying About Hacked Twitter". The Daily Beast. Retrieved October 15, 2020.
  15. ^ "Top US journalist suspended after false Twitter hacking claims". BBC News. Retrieved October 16, 2020.
  16. ^ "Commission names moderators for presidential debates". September 2016. Retrieved November 2, 2017.
  17. ^ "The life of campaign 2016's substitute debate moderator". Washington Post. October 19, 2016. Retrieved November 2, 2017.
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  19. ^ "Q&A With Brian Lamb and Steve Scully", CableFax, Access Intelligence LLC, January 23, 2006, archived from the original on February 21, 2013, retrieved December 15, 2011
  20. ^ "Road to the White House" (pdf). Fall 2011. Retrieved December 27, 2011.
  21. ^ Martin, Jonathan (September 27, 2010). "Fox primary: complicated, contractual". Politico. Capitol News Company. Retrieved December 20, 2011.
  22. ^ Bedard, Paul (February 11, 2009). "Amsterdam teachers part of national conference". CBS News. CBS Interactive Inc. Retrieved December 15, 2011.
  23. ^ Graff, Garret M. (June 2009). "50 Top Journalists 2009". The Washingtonian. Washingtonian Magazine, Inc. Retrieved December 15, 2011.
  24. ^ Joyella, Mark. "C-SPAN Host Steve Scully 'The Most Patient Man on Television'". Adweek. Retrieved August 24, 2015.
  25. ^ "Hall of Fame Award of the Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters - Harrisburg, PA". Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters.
  26. ^ a b "In faith, newsman Scully adopts baby". The Washington Times. The Washington Times LLC. February 4, 2009. Retrieved December 15, 2011.

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