The Marlin Fitzwater Center for Communication

Voices found. Leaders of conscience realized.

The Marlin Fitzwater Center for Communication is dedicated to educating leaders of conscience in public communication. In addition to housing the University's Department of Mass Communication, the facility serves as the home for the University's nationally-recognized polling operation and the Pierce Media Group.

The Center also sponsors a variety of programs including the Tuesday Briefings series featuring prominent media, business and political leaders. Each June, the Center hosts a national conference for high school media on the Presidency and the Press. The Center is named for Marlin Fitzwater, who served as press secretary to presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush. Marlin Fitzwater is also a trustee of Franklin Pierce University and a member of the Fitzwater Center Advisory Board.

NEWS FROM THE FITZWATER CENTER

Two teens attend conference on presidency, press
Two Abilene teens participated in a conference with Abilene's most famous journalist. Bea Brittan and Laurel Kolacny attended the "Presidency and the Press Conference" July 16-20 at the Fitzwater Center at Franklin Pierce University. Read more...

The Fitzwater Center's Pierce Media Group has begun its 2012 Election Coverage.
The Fitzwater Center's Pierce Media Group has begun its 2012 Election Coverage. On Monday, June 13, a team of four students joined hundreds of other media at the first GOP debate of the election cycle, co-sponsored by CNN and WMUR. Read more...

Franklin Pierce Students produce PSA that airs nationally May 5th on The Doctors.
Four Franklin Pierce University students have just returned from Hollywood, where they appeared on a taping of the Emmy Award-winning daytime talk show The Doctors. Read more...


Alex Terrill '12 talks about his PSA Challenge experience with the Marblehead Reporter.
Marblehead High alum wins PSA challenge, flown to LA. Read more...


The Doctors PSA Challenge (and more from the Pierce Radius Alumni magazine - Spring 2011).

Andrew Scher, Franklin Pierce class of '88, challenged Franklin Pierce students from all majors to create an outstanding 30 second public service announcement (PSA). Scher, executive producer of the Emmy winning daytime show.


Franklin Pierce selects Jeff Bartlett for Fitzwater Honors.

The President and General Manager of WMUR TV, Jeff Bartlett, will be honored with the 2011 Marlin Fitzwater Medallion for Leadership in Public Communication on Monday, April 11 in ceremonies on the Rindge campus. Read more...


Alumni Profile: Introducing the next ‘Barbara Walters’ : Arikka Knights!
It’s no wonder to anyone who knows Arikka Knights ’08, with her pleasant personality and successful background in public speaking, that she would win the title of Miss Maine this past June and go on to compete in the Miss America Pageant in January 2011. Read more...


Franklin Pierce University’s Fitzwater Center and the Monadnock Ledger-Transcript to Co-Sponsor The Monadnock Debates.
The Fitzwater Center for Communication at Franklin Pierce University and the Monadnock Ledger-Transcript will co-sponsor The Monadnock Debates, a citizen-driven forum with candidates from both political parties addressing critical issues. Read more...

Marlin Fitzwater photo exhibit at Franklin Pierce University's Rindge Campus documents the work of Mikhal Gorbachev and President George H.W. Bush
Franklin Pierce University will present a photography exhibit, "Empires Fall", documenting the work of Mikhail Gorbachev, General Secretary of the Soviet Union, and George H.W. Bush, President of the United States, in the two years between the fall of the Berlin wall on Nov. 9. 1989 and the dissolution of the Soviet Empire on Dec. 24, 1991. Read more...

Steven Dodrill ’09 on national broadcasting award winning team at WATD-FM
Steven Dodrill ’09 of Hanson, Mass. is on the WATD-FM (Marshfield, Mass.) national broadcasting award winning team. The station was awarded two 2010 National Edward R. Murrow Awards and Dodrill’s work is included in the award entry. Read more...

Franklin Pierce Selects Candy Crowley and Andrew Scher for Fitzwater Honors
The host of CNN’s “State of the Union” and senior political correspondent, Candy Crowley, and the executive producer of “The Doctors”, Andrew Scher ’88, will be honored with the 2010 Marlin Fitzwater Medallions for Leadership in Public Communication on Monday, May 3, in ceremonies on the Rindge campus. Read more...

Fitzwater Center recognized by New England Board of Higher Education
Franklin Pierce University's Marlin Fitzwater Center for Communication has been recognized by the New England Board of Higher Education for successfully preparing students to succeed as journalists, critical thinkers, and contributors to a healthy democracy. Read more...

Motorsports journalism 'legend' Mike Harris honored by New Hampshire Motor Speedway and Franklin Pierce University with named scholarship
On his last day covering racing for the Associated Press, Mike Harris was honored by New Hampshire Motor Speedway and Franklin Pierce University with a scholarship recognizing his accomplishments in journalism. Dr. James Birge, president of Franklin Pierce University, and Dr. Kristen Nevious, director of the school's Fitzwater Center, were on hand for the scholarship dedication ceremony. Read more...

Fitzwater students with Ann Compton of ABC NewsFitzwater Centered honored for students' political engagement and contributions to New England higher education
The Franklin Pierce University's Marlin Fitzwater Center for Communication has been recognized by the New England Board of Higher Education for successfully preparing students to succeed as journalists, critical thinkers, and contributors to a healthy democracy. The Fitzwater Center was chosen, specifically, to receive the 2009 New Hampshire State Merit Award in the New England Board of Higher Education's annual Excellence Awards program. Read more...

Students prepare for conventionsFranklin Pierce Students to Broadcast Live from Party National Conventions
The Fitzwater Center and Pierce Media Group are bringing the national party conventions to the Franklin Pierce University community. Fitzwater Center Director Kristen Nevious and Professor Paul Bush are escorting a team of six students to Denver for the Democratic National Convention, 8/24 - 8/29. Then Kristen Nevious and Human Resources staff member Molly Jackson are escorting another team of six to Minnesota for the Republican National Convention, 8/31 - 9/5. Read more and link to the student reports from the conventions...

Dana PerinoWhite House Press Secretary Receives 2008 Fitzwater Award
White House Press Secretary Dana Perino received the 2008 Marlin Fitzwater Award for Leadership in Public Communication from Franklin Pierce University on May 5 in ceremonies held on the Rindge campus. Perino was the fifth recipient of the award, which honors an individual who has made significant contributions to public discourse in the spirit of a healthy democracy. The award reflects the mission of the Fitzwater Center for Communication at Franklin Pierce. Read more...

Arrika KnightsFitzwater Medallion winner Arrika Knight's '08 recognized for journalism skills, campus involvement
When she was young, Arrika would watch the news magazine "60 Minutes" with her parents and dream of becoming the next Barbara Walters. She came to Franklin Pierce in 2004 because she knew she could get involved in news production immediately as a freshman. Arrika's experience at Franklin Pierce University may have brought her a step closer to realizing that dream. Read more...Student Media

Student media earn praise for coverage of New Hampshire Primary
Franklin Pierce University students had the opportunity to participate in New Hampshire's First in the Nation Presidential Primary, serving as pundits, pollsters, podcasters, video technicians and as contributors to YouTube's political footage. Student efforts were affirmed by the presidential candidates and their campaigns (who granted access and interviews), by the media (who treated students as professional peers) and by web-based media including YouTube (whose political editor praised the video footage provided by student reporters).

To learn more about the Marlin Fitzwater Center for Communication, please contact:
Kristen D. Nevious, Ph.D., 603-899-1039 or neviousk@franklinpierce.edu
Director, Marlin Fitzwater Center for Communication