Steffen Schmidt Media Activity – ISU News Service


June 2011
June 1, 2011
A University Professor, Schmidt did an interview Friday with Iowapolitics.com on Mitt Romney and his chances in Iowa. Schmidt was also guest of Trent Rice on KASI radio. The discussion centered on Sarah Palin’s bus tour and the continuing uncertainty in the GOP abut who might be the Caucus and primary 2012 front runner.
June 2, 2011
A University Professor, Schmidt was interviewed via email by Geoff Mulvihill, South Jersey correspondent, The Associated Press, about New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s decision to take a taxpayer funded helicopter first to his son’s baseball game, then to meet some Iowans who were trying to persuade him to run for president. He was also interviewed by Meghan Malloy, a reporter for The Iowa Independent, about Gov. Christie's decision to sit out 2012.
June 16, 2011
A University Professor, Schmidt was interviewed via email Tuesday by Meghan Malloy, a reporter for the Iowa Independent, about Michele Bachmann’s unusual presidential announcement – at the start of Monday’s GOP presidential debate in New Hampshire – and what kind of “buzz” that created for her. She also asked Schmidt about the role of social issues in 2012, and the extent to which social litmus tests (especially gay marriage, since it is legal in Iowa) are pushing the moderates -- specifically Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney -- away this cycle.
June 20, 2011
A University Professor, Schmidt had one of his commentaries run on the WNYC “It’s a Free Country” blog; and The Ames Tribune ran an op-ed piece titled “The GOP presidential debate” last week.
June 21, 2011
Kim Dixon, a political reporter with Reuters, contacted News Service seeking a political expert who could discuss the political action committees set up by GOP presidential candidate Michele Bachmann to raise resources for her campaign. News Service recommended Dixon contact either Steffen Schmidt, University Professor of political science; or Dianne Bystrom, director of the Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics. The contact was the result of a past News Service release.

July 2011
July 14, 2011
A University Professor, Schmidt was contacted by Philippe Boulet-Gercourt, a reporter with Le Nouvel Observateur (The New Observer) -- France's largest weekly newsmagazine – concerning questions about GOP presidential candidate Michele Bachmann. He also had his op-ed titled “Rupert Murdock’s Problems and US Politics” published by The Des Moines Register today.
July 22, 2011
A University Professor, Schmidt was interviewed Thursday by Brett Hayward Sioux City Journal about the first-in-the-nation status of the Iowa caucuses and how the results of 2012 will affect that place in the future. He wanted to know if it mattered who wins the GOP nomination next year and whether the Iowa caucuses are in danger of being obsolete.
July 25, 2011
Jens Krogstad, a reporter with The Des Moines Register, interviewed Steffen Schmidt, a University Professor of political science, on the unfolding of the Tim Pawlenty/Michele Bachmann war of words in the GOP presidential race and why Bachmann has suddenly gone negative on Pawlenty. Schmidt also heard from Caitlin Thompson, editor of WNYC’s “It’s a Free Country” blog, that his opinion piece, titled “Governor Christy Has ‘Magic’ in the GOP,” will be published on the blog.
July 26, 2011
News Service forwarded a link to a print quality photo of Steffen Schmidt, University Professor of political science, to Chris Conetzkey, editor, the Des Moines Business Record, to accompany an opinion piece by Schmidt titled, “Predictability, Politics, and the Economy,” that Conetzkey plans to publish.
July 29, 2011
Marcie Ricken, a producer with NBC News, contacted News Service seeking an expert on the Ames Straw Poll that they could call to get background information. News Service recommended they contact Steffen Schmidt, University Professor of political science. Schmidt was also interviewed by John Croman, a reporter with KARE-TV in Minneapolis, about how GOP presidential candidates Rep. Michele Bachmann and Gov. Tim Pawlenty are faring in Iowa heading into the Iowa Straw Poll.

August 2011
August 2, 2011
Schmidt, a university professor of political science, was interviewed by Paul Demko, a reporter for the St. Paul Capitol Report and Politics in Minnesota, about the Michele Bachmann and Tim Pawlenty presidential campaigns ahead of the August 13 Ames straw poll.
August 3, 2011
University Professor Schmidt was contacted by Andrej Matisak, a reporter for Pravada, who is working on a lighthearted look at President Obama’s 50th birthday and what political gifts he might want. Schmidt was also interviewed by a reporter for the Austin American-Statesman on how Gov. Rick Perry's opposition to ethanol subsidies might work against him in Iowa should he decide to run for President.
August 5, 2011
University Professor Steffen Schmidt spoke with Linton Weeks, national correspondent, NPR Digital News, about the FOX News debate set for Aug. 11. The questions primarily had to do with Iowa’s importance in the political process.
August 8, 2011
Janet Silver, a reporter with the Australian Broadcasting Co.; and Michael Amey, Iowa correspondent for Metro Networks Radio Newswire, both contacted News Service seeking to interview an expert in advance of this week’s GOP presidential debate and Ames Straw Poll at Iowa State. News Service recommended they contact Dianne Bystrom, director of the Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics. Both Bystrom and Steffen Schmidt, University Professor of political science, were also interviewed by Joe Garofoli, a reporter from the San Francisco Chronicle, for a preview on the Ames Straw Poll.
A University Professor, Schmidt was interviewed via email by Meghan V. Malloy, a reporter for The Iowa Independent, on whether the religious community, specifically the Christian Conservative community, is inserting itself more into influencing the 2012 election then four years ago. Schmidt was also interviewed via email by Colby Itkowitz, Allentown (Pa.) Morning Call, DC Tribune Bureau, about former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum and the importance of this week’s events in Iowa to his presidential candidacy.
August 9, 2011
A University Professor, Schmidt was interviewed by a political reporter from the Omaha World-Herald about the Ames Straw poll and how the absence of Mitt Romney and others will affect the outcome, and whether Texas Gov. Rick Perry will run for president and how his “shadow” will affect the straw poll and then the caucuses. Schmidt was also interviewed via email by Kendra Marr, a national political reporter for Politico, for a story about the Ames Straw Poll. Schmidt also will have his recent commentary, titled “The Ames Straw Poll in Context,” published on WNYC’s “It’s a Free Country” blog.
August 10, 2011
A University Professor of political science, Schmidt was interviewed today by Aaron Gould Sheinin, staff writer, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, for a story about the Herman Cain and Newt Gingrich campaigns in advance of tomorrow night’s debate and Saturday’s straw poll. He was also interviewed by Linda Feldman, political reporter, The Christian Science Monitor, about how the Iowa Republican Party has changed in the last four years and how the different constituencies have evolved and overlapped. Her story was also designed to be in advance of her coverage of the GOP presidential debate and Ames Straw Poll. He also did an interview with Julianna Goldman, a political reporter with Bloomberg News, regarding President Obama’s visit to Iowa and Minnesota and the Obama 2012 campaign.
Schmidt is also scheduled to do a live chat for WNYC radio in New York during Thursday night’s presidential debate.
August 11, 2011
A University Professor, Schmidt was interviewed by a reporter from the Juneau, Alaska bureau of The Associated Press about what Sarah Palin is doing in Iowa and whether she’s running for president. He was also interviewed by Rod Boshart, a reporter for both Lee Newspapers and the Des Moines bureau of The Cedar Rapids Gazette, on the Ames straw poll and especially is Sarah Palin is running, as well as the Democrats push back and effort to paint the GOP as extremist. He was also contacted by Katherine Caperton, a producer with the non-partisan political talk channel on Sirius XM radio, called POTUS, about arranging an interview tonight with Tim Farley to provide analysis of the GOP presidential debate.
August 12, 2011
Steffen Schmidt, a University Professor of political science, was interviewed by Linda Feldmann, a political reporter with The Christina Science Monitor, about how the Iowa Republican Party has changed in the last four years and how the different constituencies have evolved and overlap. He also was interviewed by a reporter from The Des Moines Register asking for analysis about last night’s GOP presidential debate. And he also is schedule to do an interview with Univision in Spanish on the Ames debate and GOP straw poll for the US Hispanic/Latino audience. The contacts were a result, in part, of News Service pitches. Schmidt has also had new opinion pieces published by both The Des Moines Register and WNYC’s “It’s a Free Country” political blog today.
August 13-16, 2011
A University Professor, Schmidt did an interview Monday with a reporter from the Omaha World-Herald analyzing the Iowa Straw Poll results. He also responded to questions about Warren Buffet’s op-ed in the New York Times in which he says taxes should be raised on those making over one million or more. Schmidt also did an interview Sunday with Deb Price, a reporter with the Detroit News, on how election 2012 will unfold, and how will Mitt Romney do vs. Michele Bachmann, and how Rick Perry will fit into all this. He also spoke with Meghan Malloy, a political reporter with The Iowa Independent; and Andrej Matisak, a reporter with Pravda, on the straw poll results. Late Friday, he was interviewed by Jessica Opoien, who was covering the straw poll for The Iowa State Daily.
August 18, 2011
A University Professor, Schmidt was interviewed by a Brazilian newspaper about Michele Bachmann, her ascent in Iowa, whether she win the GOP nomination, and if nominated, whether she could win the general election.
August 19, 2011
A University Professor, Schmidt did a live, one hour, in-studio interview Thursday with Trent Rice on NewsTalk 1430, KASI-AM in Ames, on the GOP and 2012 politics.
August 25, 2011
A University Professor, Schmidt was interviewed by John Barron, national morning host, ABC NewsRadio, yesterday to talk about GOP presidential candidate and Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s meteoric rise and President Obama’s apparent malaise. Schmidt was also interviewed by Juliann Francis, a reporter in government technology, by Bloomberg News on the CIO post and Steven VanRoekel recently taking over.
August 26, 2011
University Professor Schmidt reports that WNYC, New York, ran his piece on Hurricane Irene.
August 30, 2011
A University Professor, Schmidt had his opinion piece on Hurricane Irene and politics accepted for publication by Randy Evans, editorial page editor, The Des Moines Register.
August 31, 2011
A University Professor, Schmidt has a piece he authored on “Climate Change and Election 2012” published on the WNYC website, “It’s a Free Country,” and also another article on Climate Science and U.S. Politics in insideriowa.com and the Des Moines Register political blog, “From the Center.”

September 2011
September 1, 2011
A University Professor, Schmidt was interviewed by Christopher Rowland, Washington bureau chief, The Boston Globe, about GOP presidential candidate Rick Perry and the decline of the Tea Party in the polls. Schmidt was also a guest analyst on Wednesday’s “The Exchange” on Iowa Public Radio.
September 6, 2011
A University Professor, Schmidt was interviewed Monday by Brendan Kearin, a reporter with WCCO-AM in Minneapolis, about 2012 politics and Labor Day as a key moment for GOP candidates.
September 7, 2011
A University Professor, Schmidt has a new opinion piece, “The One Way the GOP can Take Advantage of Anti-Incumbency Fever,” published on the WNYC website, “It’s a Free Country.”
September 8, 2011
A University Professor, Schmidt was interviewed by Rusty Ebert, editor, Van Buren County Register, on the possible effects the Big 12 Conference problems might have on GOP presidential candidate and Texas Gov. Rick Perry's chances in the Iowa caucuses. Since Gov. Perry is a Texas A & M alum and has made some comments on their move and Iowa State has the potentially the most to lose along with Baylor, Ebert wanted to know if there is a possibility that caucus goers might associate Perry in all this.
September 9, 2011
University Professor Schmidt was contacted Thursday by a producer for “The Mitch Albom Show” to be a guest on the program. The topic is how the 9/11 attacks changed politics/policies.
September 15, 2011
A University Professor, Schmidt was contacted by Philippe Boulet-Gercourt, U.S. bureau chief, Le Nouvel Observateur, to arrange an interview to discuss the Republican primary and assess the chances of the two main contenders – either in the primary or in the general election. He was also contacted by Lauren Mills, a reporter for IowaWatch.org, for an article about Hispanic voters in Iowa, how they are affected by the caucus system, and what influence they may have in elections in 2012 and into the future.
September 16, 2011
A University Professor, Schmidt was interviewed by Robyn Tysver, political reporter, The Omaha World-Herald, on GOP presidential candidate Rick Perry and his chances of winning the Iowa Caucuses. Tysver also asked whether Perry and Mitt Romney will be the two contenders for the nomination.
Schmidt was a guest yesterday on Trent Rice’s “Your Turn” program on NewsTalk 1430, KASI-AM.
September 19, 2011
Andy Sullivan, congressional correspondent, Reuters News, contacted News Service seeking to interview a political science professor who could talk about their influence within the Republican Party, the role religion plays in politics in Iowa, etc. News Service recommended he speak with either Steffen Schmidt, a University Professor of political science; or Dave Peterson, associate professor of political science.
September 21, 2011
Steffen Schmidt, a University Professor of political science, was interviewed by Andy Sullivan, congressional correspondent, Reuters News, about home schoolers and the GOP presidential race in Iowa. The contact was the result of News Service recommending Schmidt to Sullivan for the story.
September 28, 2011
A University Professor, Schmidt did an interview with the Canadian Press News Service about Christ Christie being pushed again to run for president and what his chances are in Iowa. He also wrote a column for WNYC Radio and its “It’s a Free Country” blog on this same subject, which was posted today. Schmidt was also interviewed by Donnelle Eller, a business reporter with The Des Moines Register, on the economy and politics and how we can get beyond GOP/DEM, right/left, Liberal/ conservative gridlock.
September 29, 2011
A University Professor, Schmidt had his opinion piece on how America is crumbling, aging (infrastructure) and selfish accepted by Alexandra Hayne, editor, The Ames Tribune, to be published in a future issue of the paper.


October 2011
October 3, 2011
A University Professor, Schmidt was interviewed by Kyle Munson, a columnist with The Des Moines Register, about the occupy Wall Street/Iowa/etc. movement.
October 6, 2011
Liz Murphy, a reporter with InsideHigherEd, contacted Steffen Schmidt, University Professor of political science, on teaching the caucuses and preparing students to participate in the caucuses.
Rod Boshart, a Lee newspapers reporter from the Des Moines office for The Cedar Rapids Gazette, interviewed both Schmidt and Dianne Bystrom, director of the Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics, on the status assessment of the GOP presidential race in Iowa.
October 10, 2011
A University Professor, Schmidt had a new op/ed on the meaning of the Wall Street protests accepted by Randy Evans, editorial page editor at The Des Moines Register.
October 12, 2011
A University Professor, Schmidt was interviewed this morning by Mike Devine, Talk-Radio AM 1400 KVFD in Fort Dodge, Iowa, about his opinion piece that ran Tuesday in the Des Moines Register on the meaning of the Wall Street protests.
October 13, 2011
A University Professor, Schmidt did an interview with a reporter from the Concord New Hampshire Monitor on the decision by New Hampshire Secretary of State Bill Gardner to move the primary in that state up to December to beat Nevada. The reporter wanted to know what does that mean for Iowa and for the candidates running? He also did an interview with Beth, a reporter from Patch.com, on religion and politics in the Iowa GOP, and on the moving up of the caucuses and New Hampshire primary.
October 14, 2011
Rick Ruggles, a reporter with the Omaha World-Herald, contacted News Service looking to speak with a political expert who could compare and contrast the Tea Party with the “occupy movement.” News Service recommended he speak with Steffen Schmidt, University Professor of political science, and learned that he did.
A University Professor, Schmidt had his op/ed on New Hampshire Secretary of State Bill Gardner’s effort to defend the first-in-the-nation status of the New Hampshire primary and Iowa caucuses accepted by Randy Evans, editorial page editor, The Des Moines Register, to run in Saturday’s edition of the paper.
October 19, 2011
A University Professor, Schmidt live blogged the Las Vegas GOP presidential debate last night for WNYC’s “It’s a Free Country” political blog last night. He also did an interview today with a reporter from The Los Angeles Times on Michelle Bachmann and her declining bid for the GOP nomination, where she currently fits and whether she can regain momentum in Iowa. He did another interview with Grace Muller, online producer, AccuWeather, Inc., about how the weather might impact the Iowa caucuses this year. Finally, he was interview today by James Q. Lynch, a political reporter with the Cedar Rapids Gazette, on Sen. Grassley saying today that he has decided not to endorse any GOP presidential candidate before the Iowa caucuses.
October 20, 2011
A University Professor, Schmidt was interviewed by KCCI-TV on Suzanne PACS and Herman Cain and whether his super-PAC violate campaign finance law. He spoke with Bob Ziantara, a reporter with The Ames Tribune, on the campaign finance in the Christie Vilsack vs. Steve King congressional race and what it means. He also spoke with Hannah Furfaro, another Ames Tribune reporter, on the situation in Libya and what the death of Moammar Gadhafi means.
October 25, 2011
Schmidt was contacted by Martha Moore, a national reporter for USA Today about the new tax plan being advanced by Rick Perry and if it will help him in Iowa. Moore was also interested in new Perry television ads being scheduled in Iowa that are said to be negative ads. She wondered how such ads will play in this state.
Schmidt was also interviewed by a reporter for the Omaha World Herald about this year’s Iowa caucuses and differences from past caucuses including the confusion over scheduling and a reporter from Patch West Des Moines about if Newt Gingrich can stay in the race.
October 27, 2011
A University Professor, Schmidt was interviewed by Rebekah Metzler, political reporter, U.S. News & World Report, about the ground games of the GOP presidential candidates in the early states – particularly about what’s going on in Iowa at this stage.

November 2011
November 3, 2011
A University Professor, Schmidt was interviewed today by Jay Root, a reporter at the Texas Tribune, on the sexual discrimination scandal involving GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain and the accusations that rival candidate Rick Perry is behind the scandal.
November 8, 2011
A University Professor, Schmidt was contacted by Ian Philbrick, executive producer, KCRG-TV in Cedar Rapids, about being a political analyst on the Jan. 3 Iowa Caucuses night. He also asked for names for a panel of college students for their coverage. While Schmidt couldn’t do the political analysis because he’s already under contract with another outlet, he recommended Dave Peterson, interim director of the Harkin Institute and associate professor of political science, be considered. He also recommended Jared Knight, Jessica Bruning and Michael Belding as potential students for that student panel. He was also contacted by Matt Field, a producer with Japanese public TV, NHK, who was planning their coverage of the Iowa caucuses and he wanted to discuss potential feature stories about the important issues Iowans are considering these days as they head to the caucuses in early January. Schmidt also recommended Field speak with Peterson for that one.
November 9, 2011
A University Professor, Schmidt was interviewed by both Kristen Jensen, a political reporter with Bloomberg News, and a reporter from The Des Moines Register about last night’s election results.
November 15, 2011
A University Professor, Schmidt was interviewed by Jessica Miller, local editor, Ames Patch, about The Family Leader -- an Iowa-based conservative Christian advocacy group, sponsoring a “Thanksgiving Family Forum” on Saturday, and what impact this forum might have on the Iowa Caucuses.
November 17, 2011
A University Professor, Schmidt was contacted by Mari Torres, special projects producer for the Univision Network, to arrange an interview with him when she’s here for the December debates and the Iowa caucuses.
November 23, 2011
Schmidt was contacted by Colby Itkowitz of the Allentown Morning Call who is working on a news analysis about Rick Santorum’s presidential bid and why it has not seen the surge in momentum that some of his fellow candidates have seen.
Schmidt was also called by Doug Burns of the Carroll, Iowa, Times Herald to discuss the large percentage of older voters in the Carroll area and the implications that holds for local policy priorities.
November 29, 2011
A University Professor, Schmidt was interviewed by Holly Bailey, senior political reporter, Yahoo! News, for a potential story about President Obama's health care law and Iowa. She wanted Schmidt's assessment on how voters here feel about the law more than a year later.
November 30, 2011
A University Professor, Schmidt was interviewed today by Brian Morelli, a reporter with the Iowa City Press-Citizen, about the Democrats’ apparent strategy to attack GOP frontrunner Mitt Romney. He also was a guest expert today on Iowa Public Radio’s “The Exchange.” And he was also asked by Alexandra Hayne, editor of The Ames Tribune, to visit the Tribune's editorial advisory board to talk politics in the coming week.


December 2011
December 5, 2011
Mike Kilen, feature writer, The Des Moines Register, contacted News Service seeking to interview a political science professor who could talk about college student conservatism and whether it's on the rise or not. News Service recommended he speak with either Steffen Schmidt, University Professor of political science; or Dave Peterson, interim director of the Harkin Institute and associate professor of political science. News Service learned that Schmidt followed up with him. Michael Arney, Metro Networks, Iowa/Indianapolis/Michigan correspondent, also contacted News Service looking for a political expert to discuss the weekend's polls showing the rise of Newt Gingrich in Iowa and talk about the "anybody but Romney" sense that seems to be gripping the GOP in the polls as we've seen several people make a run at Mitt only to fall back. News Service recommended Schmidt and Peterson, in addition to Dianne Bystrom, director of the Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics.
December 7, 2011
A University Professor, Schmidt was interviewed by Matt Friedman, a reporter with The Newark Star-Ledger, about how well-known New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is among Iowa Republicans, whether he'll be able to sway caucus goers, and whether Mitt Romney should worry about being down 2-1 in the polls with less than a month to go. He was also interviewed by Jody Gifford, local editor for Waukee Patch, for a story for Patch.com and the Huffington Post about Rick Perry's latest ad that talks about Obama's "war on religion." She wanted to know what Schmidt believes Perry is trying to do with this latest ad and whether it will be an effective means of gaining the evangelical vote. He also was contacted by Matthew Field, a producer for NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation), about arranging an on-camera interview for a story about the seemingly hands-off approach that Mitt Romney has been taking in Iowa. Schmidt will also be analyzing the GOP debate on Saturday for Univision and live blogging for Gannett and the Des Moines Register.
December 8-9, 2011
Scott Horsley, National Public Radio, will be in Iowa throughout next week and hopes to contact several Iowa State experts in various disciplines: Steffen Schmidt, Dianne Bystrom, Bruce Babcock, Chad Hart and Dave Swenson.
December 12, 2011
A University Professor, Schmidt was interviewed by Teresa Krug, a reporter with al Jazeera and an Iowa State alumnus, about the impact of the planned OccupyCaucus events surrounding January’s Iowa Caucuses.
December 13, 2011
A University Professor, Schmidt did an interview with Susan Ferrechio, chief congressional correspondent, The Washington Examiner, about the GOP presidential race. He also spoke with a reporter from Bloomberg News on money and the 2012 campaign, the fact that Newt Gingrich is broke, while Mitt Romney and Rick Perry are far ahead in money, and how much difference that will make in Iowa and then going forward. He also did an interview with a reporter from the Sioux City Journal on Thursday’s debate and who has the most to win and lose.
December 14-15
Judd Berger, a reporter with foxnews.com, contacted News Service seeking to lineup experts to interview in advance of Thursday’s latest GOP presidential debate. News Service recommended he speak with both Steffen Schmidt, University Professor of political science; and Dianne Bystrom, director of the Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics. News Service learned that he did speak with Schmidt.
A University Professor, Schmidt was interviewed by Chuck Raasch, political columnist, Gannett/USA Today, on the Iowa Caucuses and Thursday’s GOP presidential debate. Schmidt was also interviewed by Wayne Slater, the senior political writer at the Dallas Morning News, about the Iowa caucuses – particularly the front runners – the potential of the Ron Paul campaign and thoughts about the chances of the Rick Perry campaign. He also was interviewed by a reporter from The New York Times on the role of personality and candidate characteristics in politics this year.
December 16, 2011
A University Professor, Schmidt has agreed to do an interview Monday with NBC News about the Iowa Caucuses and the current GOP presidential race. He also was contact today by Gina Garcia, a producer for CBS News’ “The Early Show,” about being a guest on the show on Monday or Tuesday, Jan. 2 or 3, from 7-9am EST, when they broadcast from the Capitol’s Law Library. He said he could do Monday that week. He was also contacted by Jody Troi Avirgan, a producer for “The Brian Lehrer Show/ It's A Free Country,” on WNYC Radio and agreed to be a guest on their show next Tuesday, Dec. 20, at 10 a.m., while they’re on the ground in Iowa. And finally, he was interviewed by Ashlee Kieler, a reporter for the local Patch.com, for a story about the upcoming Des Moines Register endorsement and what a Register endorsement means for the candidates.
December 19, 2011
Beth Fouhy, a national political reporter for The Associated Press, contacted News Service seeking to speak with an expert who could assess the impact of negative political ads on voters. News Service recommended she speak with Dianne Bystrom, director of the Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics; or Steffen Schmidt, University Professor of political science. News Service learned she spoke with Bystrom. Jim Bickal, senior producer, Minnesota Public Radio News, also contacted both Bystrom and News Service to make arrangements to interview her Wednesday over an ISDN line about Bystrom’s research on the coverage of female presidential candidates. News Service is assisting with the arrangements for that interview. Bystrom was also interviewed by Linda Feldman, a political reporter with The Christian Science Monitor, about the GOP presidential campaign.
A University Professor, Schmidt was interviewed by Alana Semuels, staff writer, The Los Angeles Times, about the rise and fall of Newt Gingrich and why we seem to have so many changes in the polls this year. He was also interviewed by Ashlee Kieler from patch.com for a story about the benefits and drawbacks of candidates holding corporate speeches (i.e. - Nationwide or Pioneer appearances) vs. town hall style meetings that are more popular with candidates in small towns.
December 20, 2011
A University Professor, Schmidt had his commentary titled, "Los republicanos a nivel nacional siguen divididos," published by Univision. He also did an interview with Sandy Johnson for the AARP Bulletin about the importance of the Iowa caucuses and the clout of 50-plus voters, the demographic that is the heart of AARP's 40 million members.
December 21-22
A University Professor, Schmidt was interviewed by Christopher Rowland, Washington bureau chief, The Boston Globe, on the Iowa Caucuses and what the latest Iowa State University/Gazette/KCRG poll. Schmidt also did an interview in German on the Iowa Caucuses with an Austrian publication. Mack Shelley, University Professor of political science and statistics also spoke to the reporter in English.
Schmidt also talked to Susan Page, the Washington Bureau Chief of USA Today about the differences in the presidential nominating contest this time around as compared to previous caucus cycles and what it might mean in the future.

2012
January 2012

Caucus special (catching up on stuff over the break)
Schmidt was interviewed by numerous news organizations and reporters including Jonathan Salant from Bloomberg News, Affran Chowdhry of the Globe and Mail in Canada, Andrej Marisak of Pravda, Toru Takei of Kyodo News, Rozqalia Hristova, BBC News, Elvira Paloma of the Spanish language Efe News Services, Alberto Mucci, of the Italian il Giornale, Su Yi of China Radio International, Mike Malloy of the Ames Tribune, USA Today and the Associated Press
Schmidt also provided broadcast interviews for CNN en Español, Univision, WCBS radio in New York, WYNC and Public Radio’s The Takeaway, KASI radio in Ames and KVFD in Fort Dodge.
January 3, 2012
Steffen Schmidt, University Professor of political science, forwarded News Service a request from Su Yi of China Radio International to schedule an interview with an expert to join their morning news program tomorrow (Wednesday) morning (around 7:10 Beijing Time) to talk about Iowa caucuses and U.S. elections. News Service recommended they contact either Dianne Bystrom, director of Iowa State's Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics; or Dave Peterson, interim director of the Harkin Institute of Public Policy at Iowa State and associate professor of political science.
Over the holiday break, News Service received requests from both a producer from Associated Press Television and a reporter from the Ft. Myers (Fla.) News-Press seeking political experts to comment on various aspects of the Iowa Caucuses. News Service recommended they contact either Steffen Schmidt, University Professor of political science; Dianne Bystrom, director of Iowa State's Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics; or Dave Peterson, interim director of the Harkin Institute of Public Policy at Iowa State and associate professor of political science; as well as Dave Swenson, an associate scientist and staff member in ISU’s Regional Economics and Community Analysis Program. News Service learned that several of the experts were contacted.
A University Professor, Schmidt did an interview today with ChicagoTalks.org on Newt Gingrich’s campaign, among others.
January 4, 2012
A University Professor, Schmidt was interviewed today on “The Takeaway” show from New York Public Radio; and by Ben Dooley, a reporter with Kyodo News Service in Washington, D.C.; and by Juan Pablo Crespo, a reporter with Panorama.com from Venezuela about what the results in last night’s Iowa caucuses mean in next week’s New Hampshire primary.
January 5, 2012
A University Professor, Schmidt was one of four guests who did a one-hour talk show today on election 2012 as the presidential race moves to New Hampshire on CNN en Español. He was also on a show on Solicitud Entrevista – an international news channel – to summarize Iowa Caucus results, and was also interviewed by Juan Pablo Crespo of PANORAMA, en Venezuela, on the results. He also authored a commentary titled “Las lecciones de Iowa para el futuro de la contienda 2012” for a Venezuelan publication and for cable network Univision, for which he will be writing political commentary in Spanish for the entire 2012 election process.
January 9, 2012
A University Professor, Schmidt blogged for both GOP presidential debates in the last week for Jody Troi Avirgan, “The Brian Lehrer Show/ It's A Free Country,” on WNYC Radio. He was also contacted Friday by Carlos Harrison, who is covering the New Hampshire primary for Terra.com's Elections2012 in English and Spanish, to arrange an interview during Tuesday’s New Hampshire primary. He also did an interview last Wednesday with John Barron of ABC News Radio about the results of the Caucus.
January 10, 2012
A University Professor, Schmidt did Univision’s morning show, “Despierta America,” this morning and also a special interview for the Univision afternoon news roundup show on today’s New Hampshire primary. He also did Terra.com's Elections2012 audio interview in English and Spanish and will be doing a Skype interview this morning and again tonight as primary numbers come in. He also was a guest today on NewsTalk 1430 KASI-AM in Ames and Trent Rice’s “Your Turn” show about the New Hampshire primary. He also did an interview with Kate Dailey, senior magazine writer, bbc.com/news, to discuss the role of party politics in U.S. culture. She’s working on a piece about the rise of independent voters in the U.S. and especially interested in how party identification resonates in the U.S. vs. other countries.
January 11, 2012
A University Professor, Schmidt was contacted by Russell Logan, a senior producer at C-SPAN’s American History TV. He told Schmidt he enjoyed his recent appearance on the Washington Journal about the history of the Iowa Caucuses and he was wondering if Schmidt was teaching any classes this spring with a history bent to them. If so, he wants to consider it for C-SPAN's American History TV series, “Lectures in History,” which visits a different college classroom each week and tapes a class session in its entirety. Schmidt also did an interview with Elvira Palomo, a reporter with EFE News Services – the leading news agency of the Spanish speaking world – on how GOP presidential favorite Mitt Romney’s policies on Europe compare and contrast with those of President Obama’s.
January 13, 2012
A University Professor, Schmidt was interviewed by a reporter from The Omaha World-Herald on the Iowa 4th district race between Christie Vilsack and Steve King for the paper’s Sunday edition.
January 17, 2012
Schmidt, a University Professor, was contacted by a writer for the Huffington Post asking about how Florida Hispanic Evangelicals are organizing to support republican candidates in 2012. Schmidt was also contacted by Renata Tranches, a writer for the daily newspaper Correio Braziliense in Brazil’s capital city asking about Jon Huntsman’s decision to support Mitt Romney and what Romney now needs to do to solidify his support for the Republican convention.
January 18, 2012
Schmidt was asked to provide an opinion piece on the candidacy of Mitt Romney’s candidacy to the El Observador, Uruguay’s largest newspaper.
January 19, 2012
A University Professor, Schmidt was interviewed by Catalina Camia, a reporter with USA Today; a producer from CNN en Espanol; David Fahrenthold, a reporter from The Washington Post; and Stefania Bedoya, a reporter for Periodista, about the miscount of the GOP presidential results from the Iowa Caucuses. He also received a request from Marc Kilstein a producer for “The Takeaway,” a show on WNYC’s on “It's A Free Country” blog, about the miscount. Schmidt agreed to do the show.
January 23, 2012
A University Professor, Schmidt was interviewed by CNN en Español’s “Café CNN” -- the early morning show with Carlos Montero -- on why Newt Gingrich won the South Carolina primary and what his chances are now in Florida. He also did an interview with KCCI-TV on the South Carolina primary and the failed count at the Iowa Caucuses and what it means for the future of the caucuses. He also was interviewed by WHO-AM in Des Moines on the South Carolina primary and where the GOP is going with the nomination process. The Iowa State Daily also interviewed him on what South Carolina means for the GOP nomination process and the field. And he had his commentary, titled “Why Nobody Saw Gingrich Coming in SC,” published on WNYC’s “It’s a Free Country” political blog.
January 25, 2012
A University Professor, Schmidt was interviewed by Jonathan D. Salant, money and politics reporter, Bloomberg News, on Miriam Adelson's $5 million donation to the pro-Gingrich super PAC.
January 27, 2012
A University Professor, Schmidt had his column titled “Santorum 'Disgusted' With Two-Player Debates,” published on WNYC’s “It’s a Free Country” political website. He also was interviewed by Toru Takei, a reporter in the Washington Bureau of Kyodo News, about what to look for at the Florida primary, the fact that there were three primaries/caucuses so far and three different winners, and what it means if Romney or Gingrich wins. He was also invited by Caitlin Thompson, editor of WNYC’s “It's A Free Country,” to do live chat Thursday night on the CNN Florida Debate.
January 31, 2012
A University Professor, Schmidt was interviewed by Juan Pablo Crespo, a reporter with diario PANORAMA-Venezuela, about the GOP presidential primary in Florida. He was also contacted by Caitlin Thompson, director of WNYC's "It's a Free Country" political page, about live chatting on Florida returns on WNYC radio at 6 am on the results in Florida and what that means for Newt Gingrich's campaign future.


February 2012
February 2, 2012
Schmidt was contacted by Jonathan Salant of Bloomberg to discuss the Wednesday report on donations to so-called political Super PACs. A piece on the hunt for delegates by this year’s crop of Republican candidates that Schmidt submitted to the Des Moines Register was accepted with a future publication date being scheduled. Schmidt also appeared via Skype on CNN in Spanish wrapping up the Florida primary results.
February 7, 2012
A University Professor, Schmidt did an interview Tuesday night with Mira Oberman, Midwest Correspondent, Agence France Presse, about the latest GOP presidential primary and caucus results.
February 13-14, 2012
A University Professor, Schmidt published a new commentary titled, “The GOP's Gender Gap is Real—and Poses Big 2012 Problems,” today on WNYC’s political website, “It’s a Free Country.”
February 17, 2012
A University Professor, Schmidt was interviewed via email by Jonathan D. Salant, Bloomberg News money and politics reporter, on what impact super PACs have had on the 2012 presidential race.
Schmidt recently had his opinion piece on religion, contraception and politics accepted for publication in the Ames Tribune by Alexandra Hayne, editor.
February 20, 2012
A University Professor, Schmidt’s commentary titled, “Ron Paul Beats Obama in Iowa” was published over the weekend on WNYC’s political website, “It’s a Free Country.”
February 21, 2012
Schmidt did a long interview with Mike Devine of KBFT in Fort Dodge on the 2012 presidential election, Rick Santorum’s rise in the polls and how past Santorum statements are playing into the current race, and the Supreme Court’s decision to review prior decisions on affirmative action at the nation’s colleges and universities.
February 23, 2012
University Professor Steffen Schmidt was interviewed on the Iowa Public Radio show “River to River” Wednesday about this year’s presidential election.
February 24, 2012
A University Professor, Schmidt did a long interview on WKBK in New Hampshire on the 2012 GOP race for the White House and the social conservative agenda that has emerged as a central feature of the campaign in the last week. He also had his op/ed piece, titled "The Republican debate in Arizona on Wednesday night was the best example I can think of why the GOP primary process is a devastating meat grinder for the party," published in today’s Des Moines Register.
Schmidt was also interviewed by Bloomberg’s Jonathan Salant on the Obama “ground game” for 2012 and why he is spending so much on it.
February 27, 2012
A University Professor, Schmidt was interviewed by Jennifer Jacobs, a political reporter for The Des Moines Register, who was seeking his analysis on the GOP presidential primary in Michigan. Schmidt also had his op/ed, titled "Can the GOP Close the Gender Gap in 2012,” accepted by Alexandra Hayne, editor, The Ames Tribune, to be published in the paper this week.
February 28, 2012
Dick Layman, a news anchor, WHO-AM in Des Moines, contacted News Service seeking to speak with any political experts who could talk about all the other races up in 2012 besides the presidential race. News Service recommended he speak with either Dianne Bystrom, director of the Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics; or Steffen Schmidt, University Professor of political science.
February 29, 2012
Schmidt, a University Professor, did interview via Skype this morning for CNN in Spanish on the Arizona and Michigan primaries and the futures of the Romney and Santorum campaigns. He was also contacted for a print interview by Mira Oberman of Agence France Presse and will appear on Chile, Channel 9, on Skype this afternoon about the same topics.

March 2012
March 5, 2012
A University Professor, Schmidt had his commentary titled “What's Super Tuesday, and Why Should We Care?” published on WNYC’s “It’s a Free Country” political website.
March 6, 2012
A University Professor, Schmidt was interviewed via Skype on CNN en Espanol on the importance of Super Tuesday and what it means for the GOP nomination going forward.
March 7, 2012
A University Professor, Schmidt was interviewed about Super Tuesday results by WHO radio and CNN en Espanol. Schmidt also live blogged for WNYC in New York as the results came in and followed that with a column for the station.
March 9, 2012
A University Professor, Schmidt was interviewed by Jonathan Salant, a political reporter at Bloomberg News, who asked why Mitt Romney is campaigning in such unfriendly territory these next few days, and do Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum have more riding on Alabama and Mississippi than Romney.
March 14, 2012
A University Professor, Schmidt was contacted by Mira Oberman, the Midwest correspondent of Agence France-Presse (AFP) for reaction to Tuesday’s night primaries. Oberman is also interviewing Schmidt for a later story on Obamacare and why it is such a hot-button issue in American politics.
March 19, 2012
A University Professor, Schmidt did a long Skype TV interview at 6 a.m. Monday with CNN en Espanol on the outcome of the Puerto Rico GOP primary that Mitt Romney won in resounding fashion. He also was interviewed by El Universal -- one of the leading newspapers in Caracas, Venezuela -- on the significance of Romney's victory in Puerto Rico, with emphasis on the impact it may have on Hispanic voters in other primaries and the general election in November. He also was a guest on “Your Turn” with NewsTalk 1430 KASI News Director Trent Rice Monday. And he did an interview with James Q. Lynch, a political reporter with The Gazette/SourceMedia Group News, on the high number (11) of GOP Iowa House incumbents facing primary challenges, especially the six challenges to first term representatives.
March 21, 2012
A University Professor, Schmidt was interviewed by Mira Oberman, Midwest correspondent, Agence France Presse, on his post-Illinois primary reaction to Mitt Romney’s resounding win last night.
March 22, 2012
A University Professor, Schmidt was interviewed via Skype on Zoom Colombia Channel NTN24 – a very big Latin American politics media network – on Jeb Bush's endorsement of Mitt Romney and its significance for the GOP primary process. He was also interviewed by Jonathan D. Salant, Bloomberg News money and politics reporter, about how GOP presidential frontrunner Mitt Romney is having a problem raising money through small donations.
March 29, 2012
A University Professor, Schmidt was contacted by Maria Salmon-Rondon, CNN en Espanol planning, about joining the CNN Café discussion on Friday, March 30, at 7:15 a.m. to discuss the latest on GOP campaign, and Mitt Romney endorsements by Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush, and George W. Bush, the Obama campaigns and the latest polls. He was also a guest Thursday on “Attitude with Arnie Arnesen” on WNHN-FM in New Hampshire.

April 2012
April 2, 2012
A University Professor, Schmidt has been booked to be a guest on tomorrow’s Wednesday politics show on Iowa Public Radio’s “River to River” program.
April 3, 2012
A University Professor, Schmidt had his commentary titled, “Welcome to the Endless Campaign Season,” published on WNYC’s "It’s A Free Country" political website.
April 4, 2012
A University Professor, Schmidt is scheduled to do an interview tonight with Michael Mathes, politics and Congress correspondent, Agence France-Presse, for reaction to the primary races today in Wisconsin, Maryland and Washington, D.C.
Dick Layman, a news anchor with WHO-AM in Des Moines, contacted News Service seeking to interview a political expert about the latest voter registration putting Republicans ahead in Iowa. News Service recommended he contact either Dave Peterson, interim director of the Harkin Institute of Public Policy at Iowa State and associate professor of political science, or Steffen Schmidt, University Professor of political science.
April 16, 2012
Schmidt, a University Professor of Political Science, had a column published on the WNYC website about the big issues facing the U.S., including the decline of political parties and rise of so-called Super PACs and billionaires political brokers. Schmidt is also scheduled to appear on the station’s program “The Takeaway” tomorrow to discuss the increasing polarization of America.
Schmidt appeared on Trent Rice’s talk show on KASI today discussing the Secret Service and GSA scandals as well as a “war on stay-at-home moms.”
April 23, 2012
A University Professor, Schmidt was interviewed Friday by Jonathan D. Salant, Bloomberg News money and politics reporter, about Mitt Romney's super PAC, American Crossroads, the RNC and his campaign Committee probably giving him as much money to spend as President Obama in the general election. He also was guest on a show Friday with Mike Devine, Talk-Radio AM 1400 KVFD in Ft. Dodge, on politics, Secret Service and impressive fundraising by Romney.
April 24, 2012
A University Professor, Schmidt had his column titled “A United GOP? Maybe Not,” published on WNYC’s "It's a Free Country" political website. He also had his opinion piece on religion and politics 2012 via the Vatican attack on the nuns accepted for publication in The Des Moines Register Wednesday by Randy Evans, editorial page editor.
April 25, 2012
A University Professor, Schmidt was interviewed on "The TakeAway" – the Public Radio International, BBC World Service, WGBH-Boston, WNYC-New York, and New York Times Radio jointly produced political affairs program – about the five primaries held on April 24 and Mitt Romney as the now inevitable GOP candidate for president. He also was interviewed by Joseph Morton of the Omaha World-Herald's Washington Bureau about the Steve King vs. Christie Vilsack House of Representatives race this fall.
April 27, 2012
A University Professor, Schmidt had his opinion piece titled, “Obama's 'Narrowcasting' Playbook on Student Loans,” published on WNYC’s “It’s A Free Country” political website.
April 30, 2012
Schmidt was contacted over the weekend by CNN en Espanol for help with a show they were doing on the 20th anniversary of the L.A. riots and the progress in racial discrimination since then. Schmidt was also contacted by KVFD in Fort Dodge for an interview this morning discussing the current state of politics.

May 2012
May 1, 2012
A University Professor, Schmidt is booked as a guest on CNN en Espanol on Wednesday at 6:15 a.m. about Newt Gingrich pulling out and with the election being six months from now, how will the race unfold. He also was interviewed by Julie Bykowicz, a political reporter with Bloomberg News, about President Obama's campaign building its $90 million-plus outlay so far and the fact that he's far more invested in administration -- payroll, offices, databases, etc -- than Romney. She wanted to know what advantages and possible disadvantages this carries. He also was a political guest on Devine Intervention, the show hosted by Michael Devine, on AM 1400 KVFD.
May 2, 2012
A University Professor, Schmidt was interviewed by Jennifer Jacobs, a political reporter for The Des Moines Register, on the pulse of the general presidential campaign between Mitt Romney and President Obama here in Iowa. He was also interviewed by Salena Zito, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review political reporter, for a Sunday story on the top five constituency’s that Mitt Romney and Barack Obama need to court to win the 2012 presidential elections. He also had his opinion piece, titled “Obama Scored Direct Hit with Afghanistan Trip,” published on WNYC’s “It’s a Free Country,” political website.
May 3, 2012
A University Professor, Schmidt was interviewed by Mike Devine on AM 1400 KVFD in Ft. Dodge on President Obama, Afghanistan and the anniversary of the killing of Osama Bin Laden.
May 7, 2012
A University Professor, Schmidt had his commentary titled, “Opinion: Why Obama and Romney Should be Worried about Less Workers,” run on WNYC’s “It’s a Free Country” political website.\
May 10, 2012
A University Professor, Schmidt was interviewed by both Dick Layman, a news anchor with WHO-AM in Des Moines; and Kate Wells, a reporter with Iowa Public Radio on President Obama's stance in support of same-sex marriage.
May 15, 2012
Schmidt was contacted by Jonathan Salant, a money and politics reporter for Bloomberg News and interviewed about the increase in the use of the filibuster in Congress.
May 17, 2012
A University Professor, Schmidt had his op/ed on the disaster of the filibuster on Congress accepted by The Des Moines Register, and a column on the European financial crisis and American politics accepted by The Ames Tribune. He had his column, titled “The Filibuster Has Pirated Democracy,” published today on WNYC’s “It’s a Free Country” political website.
May 18, 2012
Schmidt appeared Thursday on Trent Rice’s sow “Your Turn on KASI radio. Among the topics covered were campaign advertising, the state’s battleground status in the presidential election, the GOP advertising campaign against Obama and the Obama campaign’s negative ads toward Mitt Romney.
May 22, 2012
A University Professor, Schmidt had his commentary titled “Obama - Rev. Wright SuperPAC Ad 'Leaked' to Perfection,” published on his IAFC blog.

June 2012
June 6, 2012
Schmidt was contacted by the Gazette’s James Lynch for his take on Tuesday’s primaries. He also has a piece appearing the WNYC web site entitled “Elizabeth Warren and the Problem with Racial Self-Identification.”
June 12, 2012
A University Professor, Schmidt had his new commentary, titled “Without Government, the Private Sector Would Shrivel,” published by WNYC’s “It’s a Free Country” political website. In it, Schmidt argues that many jobs and private sector companies in the United States are really just sub-contractors for government funded programs for national defense, all road and infrastructure programs, much of health care, space travel, the pharmaceutical and medical device/equipment industry, the construction and housing industry, banking, and even technology including the Internet. Without government guarantees or expenditures most of these would shrivel up.
June 15, 2012
Steffen Schmidt, university professor of political science, was interviewed by US News and World Report on the new Obama Administration immigration policy announced today. Schmidt discussed the policy aspects as well as the politics of immigration especially regarding Hispanic and liberal voters.
June 18, 2012
Zoom a la Noticia, a Spanish language news organization, interviewed Schmidt, a University Professor of Political Science, on the new Obama administration immigration policy announced by the President on Friday.
June 25, 2012
A University Professor, Schmidt had his commentary, titled “Will Hispanic Voters Actually Turn Out?”, published on WNYC’s “It’s a Free Country” political website.
June 28, 2012
A University Professor, Schmidt did a live chat on WNYC’s “It’s a Free Country” website on the Supreme Court’s decision on the Obama health care ruling. He also was a guest on Trent Rice’s “Your Turn” show on NewsTalk 1430, KASI-AM in Ames, and was interviewed by Katelynn McCollough, a reporter with The Iowa State Daily, about the ruling.
June 29, 2012
A University Professor, Schmidt was interviewed by Jennifer Jacobs, a political reporter with The Des Moines Register, on Iowa’s status as a battleground state and his perspective on whether Iowa has been ground zero for as rigorous a presidential battle as we’re seeing this year.

July 2012
July 19, 2012
A University Professor, Schmidt had his commentary titled, “Paranoia and American Politics 2012,” published on the WNYC “It’s a Free Country” political website.
July 24, 2012
A University Professor, Schmidt authored a piece for Panorama, one of the largest daily papers in Venezuela, at the request of the chief political editor on 100 days until the U.S. presidential elections and what he thought are the four or five most important factors that will determine the final outcome.
July 25, 2012
A University Professor, Schmidt authored a piece for Panorama, one of the largest daily papers in Venezuela, at the request of the chief political editor on 100 days until the U.S. presidential elections and what he thought are the four or five most important factors that will determine the final outcome.

August 2012
August 1, 2012
Erin Jordan, the Cedar Rapids Gazette and KCRG-TV9, is working on a story about the Republic for Iowa, a shadow government group that Randi Shannon, a former Republican candidate for Iowa Senate District 34, just joined. Jordan wanted to speak to political science experts who might be able to discuss whether such groups pose a risk to the traditional two-party system. Jordan was referred to University Professor Steffen Schmidt and/or Dianne Bystrom, director of the Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics.
A University Professor, Schmidt was a guest on Canal Internacional, the second largest news channel in Latin America, for a discussion on Mitt Romney’s trip abroad.
August 6, 2012
A University Professor, Schmidt was interviewed by Alana Semuels, staff writer, New York Bureau, Los Angeles Times, about wind energy in Iowa and whether GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s opposition to tax credits for companies will hurt him in the election.
August 7, 2012
Political Science professor Steffen Schmidt was interviewed by the Washington DC bureau of Fox News on the importance of the lawsuit in Ohio filed by the Democrats and Obama campaign calling for repeal of a law that grants persons in the military three more days for physical early voting than non- military. Schmidt analyzed the potential impact on the presidential election on November.
August 10, 2012
Schmidt was contacted by Miriam Burgues, a U.S. correspondent for EFE News Service, a Spanish language wire service, for a story she is writing on the birthday of President Obama and has he has changed over the years in the way he celebrates it.
August 14, 2012
A University Professor, Schmidt was interviewed by Alana Semuels, staff writer, New York Bureau, Los Angeles Times, about whether the welfare talk in Iowa by new GOP vice-presidential candidate Paul Ryan will appeal to Iowa voters, or what exactly will swing the independents here. He was also interviewed by Eric Hansen of KCCI-TV on President Obama in Iowa and the crucial role of Iowa as a swing state.
August 15, 2012
A University Professor, Schmidt was interviewed by Jennifer Jacobs, political reporter, The Des Moines Register, about the economy and how it fits in with Obama’s Iowa visit. He also had his commentary titled, “From 'Chains' to 'Class Warfare,' 2012 Gets Ugly,” published on the WNYC political website, “It’s Free Country.”
August 16, 2012
A University Professor, Schmidt had his column titled, “Why Obama-Clinton 2012 Is a Great Idea,” published on WNYC’s “It’s a Free Country” political website.
August 17, 2012
A University Professor, Schmidt was interviewed Thursday by Elvira Palomo of EFE News on the convention delegates and the electoral college in the U.S.
August 21, 2012
Schmidt was contacted by Jonathan Salant of Bloomberg for comment on the economics of the presidential race in which the challenger is leading the incumbent in fundraising.
August 22, 2012
Schmidt was a guest Wednesday of Maria Salmon-Rondon on Café CNN Espanol discussing the decision of Todd Akin of Missouri to continue his run for that state’s U.S. Senate seat and its effects on the Romney campaign as well as the campaigns of other Republicans.
August 24, 2012
Schmidt was contacted by Chengcheng, a reporter for a news program, “Beijing Hour,” on China Radio International asking Schmidt to be part of the political coverage for the Republican National Convention in Tampa next week. The live show will take place each evening of the convention at about 6 p.m. Iowa time which is about & a.m. in Beijing.
August 27, 2012
University Professor Schmidt’s commentary on Hurricane Isaac and the GOP national convention is running on the WNYC blog.
Schmidt was interviewed today by a reporter from the Sioux City Journal on Congressman Steve King canceling his first debate with Democratic challenger Christie Vilsack here at Iowa State.
Schmidt was interviewed by Michael Mathes, politics and Congress correspondent, Agence France-Press on Saturday about Mitt Romney's long road to Tampa and the GOP presidential nomination. He also did an interview Saturday with Clay Masters, a reporter with Iowa Public Radio, for a story about the wind energy tax credit impact on the presidential election.

September 2012
September 4, 2012
University Professor Steffen Schmidt was a part of a one-hour show via Skype with "Zoom a La Noticia," the second-largest Spanish news network in Latin America. The show focused on the GOP convention and the speeches by Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan, Marco Rubio and Clint Eastwood.
Schmidt also will be live blogging the Democratic National Convention tonight for WNYC Radio.
September 5, 2012
University Professor Steffen Schmidt responded to questions from Gloria Goodale, staff writer for The Christian Science Monitor, regarding “who won the Mom vote, Michelle Obama or Ann Romney, and why?”. Schmidt’s view is that each spouse did a great job communicating with the two very different constituencies each party represents.
Schmidt authored a column today for the WNYC Radio blog regarding the “dust-up over Jerusalem in the Democratic Party platform.”
September 7, 2012
Erik Wheater, WHO-TV, wanted to speak with a political science expert who could look ahead to the 2016 presidential race and potential faces at the Iowa Caucuses. He planned to contact University Professor Steffen Schmidt, political science. Wheater also wanted a copy of the Student Disciplinary Regulations (Code of Conduct) for an unrelated story. News Service sent him the appropriate link from the policy library.
Josh Nicholas from The Wire, a national current affairs community radio program in Australia, is working on a story about the effect “swing states” are having on the presidential race. News Service recommended Nicholas get in touch with University Professor Steffen Schmidt or Associate Professor Dave Peterson, political science. Dianne Bystrom, director of the Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics, was not available for comment.
Schmidt participated in recent interviews with the Venezuelan newspaper Panorama; Efe News Services, the second-largest Spanish language news service in the world; with New Hampshire radio host Arne Arnesen; and on Trent Rice’s show (KASI Radio).
September 10, 2012
University Professor Steffen Schmidt recently participated in interviews with the following media: Salena Zito, conservative columnist; Hayley Bruce, assistant news editor, the Iowa Center for Public Affairs Journalism (Iowa Watch); and FOX News – all related to the presidential race.
September 13, 2012
University Professor Schmidt will be interviewed by CNN en Espanol Friday morning via Skype regarding how the protests against U.S. embassies in the Middle East could affect the November presidential election. Schmidt also wrote about how Libya will affect the 2012 election in his regular WNYC Radio blog.
Schmidt is quoted extensively in the Spanish language magazine Panorama in an article about First Lady Michelle Obama as a political figure.
Schmidt was interviewed by Hayley Bruce, Iowa Watch, about political donations during this year’s election cycle.
September 20, 2012
Steffen Schmidt, University Professor of political science, spoke with Maria Salmon, CNN en Espanol. Schmidt also authored an op-ed concerning the farm bill for The Hill newspaper. This came at the request of Brian Tam of The Hill.
Schmidt also was interviewed by Christopher Doering, Des Moines Register/USA TODAY reporter in Washington, for a story on the farm bill and the upcoming election, and whether the lack of a farm bill will play a factor in any races.
September 26, 2012
University Professor Steffen Schmidt contributed another piece for WNYC’s blog, “Why Don’t Both Parties Search for New Voters?”
September 28, 2012
Schmidt was contacted by a reporter for the Cedar Rapids Gazette for an interview about a new atheist group that is organizing in Iowa to lobby the state legislature.

October, 2012
October 1, 2012
Schmidt appeared on Trent Rice’s radio program on KASI today to discuss the upcoming presidential debates and also make his predictions for November. Schmidt says he believe President Obama will defeat Republican Mitt Romney by a comfortable margin.
Schmidt also appeared on MSNBC Live over the weekend to discuss the “No Wiggins Vote” campaign in Iowa and how it might related to the presidential campaigns
October 2, 2012
Schmidt was interviewed by KCCI’s Angie Hunt about whether presidential debates really matter, and if they do, what effect they have.
Schmidt’s latest opinion piece, “7 Things to Watch for in the First Presidential Debate,” was also posted on the website of WNYC.
October 3, 2012
Schmidt appeared Wednesday on Iowa Public Radio’s “River to River” program primarily discussing the presidential debates and spent Wednesday night blogging live during the debate on WNYC in New York. He has also posted a post-debate opinion piece on WNYC.
Schmidt was also interviewed by the Omaha World herald about the Steve King – Christie Vilsack Congressional race as well as another interview on the various legislative House and Senate races in Iowa, particularly the possible reelection of Senator Mike Gronstal. The Sioux City Journal also interviewed him on the Fourth District race between King and Vilsack.
Schmidt also did a radio interview with Dick Layman about the debate and the 2012 election.
October 8, 2012
Schmidt was contacted by Amanda Peterka, a reporter for Greenwire, a Washington-based publication covering environmental and energy policy issues as well as general politics. Peterka is working on stories on the Iowa congressional races and has scheduled an interview with Schmidt. She is also working another story on whether the failure of Congress to pass a farm bill will influence voters.
October 9, 2012
Schmidt’s latest column, "Meningitis and Politics 2012", has been posted by WNYC radio. It can be found at http://www.wnyc.org/blogs/its-free-blog/2012/oct/09/opinion-after-loose-airplane-seats-and-salmonella-why-isnt-deregulation-2012-issue/
October 10, 2012
Schmidt was part of live blogging for the Des Moines Register Wednesday night for the Boswell-Latham debate and will be live blogging the vice presidential debate for WNYC Thursday night. Schmidt has been asked to write an opinion piece on the vice presidential debate for El Universal, Venezuela’s large daily newspaper.
Susan Milligan, contributing editor for US News and World Report contacted Schmidt for an interview on the presidential race and Romney’s apparent move to the middle. She was also interested in any insights Schmidt might have on the implications of the vice presidential debate.
MSNBC has scheduled Schmidt as part of a panel with Craig Melvin this Sunday afternoon to discuss Iowa as a battleground state in the presidential election. He is also scheduling interview time with Gene Lucht of Iowa Farmer Today to discuss politics in Iowa, in particular in connection with the ongoing debate over a new farm bill.
October 11, 2012
Schmidt participated in a live chat during the vice presidential debate Thursday night on WNYC radio in New York. The chat included participants from various swing states as well as a number of the station’s regular bloggers.
Roxana Tiron, the congressional reporter for Bloomberg News called Schmidt for an interview about the Steve King – Christie Vilsack congressional race. Schmidt was also contacted by a reporter for Reuters on Thursday discussing the importance of the farm bill in Iowa.
October 12, 2012
Schmidt was interviewed by the Wall Street Journal on how the presidential race is going in Iowa and what some of the key overlooked factors are in the race. Schmidt was also contacted by Salena Zito, a reporter for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review on the same topics.
He was also interviewed by the Waterloo Courier about how long presidential coattails are in elections especially for state level races. Schmidt believes that while the coattails may do little this election year, the Obama vs. Romney race at the top may increase turnout which can help one of the candidates.
October 13, 2012
Schmidt has agreed to be part of a live blog on WNYC in New York Tuesday night for the second of the presidential debates. A piece has written on the debate has also been accepted for publication by the Ames Tribune on Tuesday.
October 16, 2012
Schmidt was contacted by Michael Biette, a producer for MSNBC, about appearing as part of a panel hosted by Richard Lui this Saturday discussing Iowa as one of the battleground states in the presidential election. Michael Mathes, the politics and Congress correspondent for Agence France-Presse in Washington also interviewed Schmidt after Tuesday’s debate for his reactions.
October 17, 2012
Schmidt was interviewed Wednesday by Ione Molinares of the Washington Bureau of CNNen Español about last night’s presidential debate. Schmidt was also contacted by Jessica Sarhan of the Sky News foreign desk about their upcoming trip to Iowa to cover the election. Details of a possible interview are being worked out.
October 19, 2012
Schmidt responded to an interview request from Thais de Luna of Correio Brazilliense, the largest daily paper in Brazil, about the presidential election and the importance of Iowa in the process. Schmidt also was interviewed by a reporter for Bloomberg News about the rural vote in Iowa and other key battleground states.
Schmidt has also been asked by Sky News, a British broadcast news service, to be one of their political science experts on election night to comment on various results as they are turned in. He is in the process of firming up that appearance.
October 22, 2012
Schmidt, a university professor of political science, live blogged the Monday presidential debate for WNYC in New York and was interviewed by Zoom a la Noticia via Skype. Schmidt also did an analysis piece for WNYC’s web site as well as one for the Ames Tribune.
October 23, 2012
Schmidt was interviewed by Iowa Public Radio for a special on the farm bill and Election 2012 for airing at a later date.
October 26, 2012
Schmidt was contacted by Jonathan Salant, a money and politics reporter for Bloomberg News for his opinion on the funds both presidential campaigns have left in their coffers and are pumping into the remaining days of the campaign. Salant was particularly interested in knowing the potential impact of the last-minute spending.
October 29, 2012
Schmidt was interviewed over the weekend by Jakob Nielsen, the U.S. correspondent for the Danish daily newspaper Politiken. Nielsen was focusing on the use of wind tax credits in both Iowa and Colorado, where Danish windmill producer Vestas is active, and the significance of the tax breaks in this year’s election.
Schmidt was also featured over the weekend on KASI speaking about the endorsement of Mitt Romney by Iowa’s four largest newspapers and on a talk show hosted on New Hampshire public radio by Arne Arneson discussing the Des Moines Register endorsement and the possible effects of Hurricane Sandy on the election.
John Eligen, Midwest correspondent for The New York Times, is interviewing Schmidt this afternoon about the farm vote.
October 30, 2012
Schmidt will be a guest Monday on Iowa Public Radio’s River to River program at noon as they take a final look at some of the races in the 2012 election cycle.
October 31, 2012
Schmidt was contacted by Jonathan Salant, the money and politics reporter for Bloomberg News for his opinion on how crucial the auto industry is to the U.S. economy and what impact the views of President Obama and Governor Romney on the industry are having on the presidential race.

November 2012
November 1, 2012
Richard Wolf, White House correspondent for USA Today, contacted Schmidt for a story he is doing on how to watch the Iowa presidential returns on Tuesday. He is looking at how the experts guage what they are seeing including the lines at polling places, the early vote, exit poll data and regional results.
Andrej Matisak, deputy head of the foreign desk for the Slovak daily newspaper Pravda contacted Schmidt for this reaction on Mayor Michael Bloomberg's endorsement of President Obama and how important that endorsement is.
Brian Morelli, associate regional editor for Iowa Patch, contacted Schmidt to set up an interview on the Iowa judicial retention vote.
November 2, 2012
Schmidt responded to a email interview request by Richard Wolf, White House correspondent for USA Today on various questions surrounding Tuesday’s presidential election and did a telephone interview with Rod Boshart, legislative reporter, for the Cedar Rapids Gazette. Schmidt was also interviewed by Tony Leys of the Des Moines Register regarding last minute campaigning in Iowa.
Rebecca Berg, Capitol Hill reporter for Buzzfeed contacted Schmidt to discuss the impact of the farm bill and the role it is playing in some congressional contests, including the Vilsack/King race.
Schmidt was also contacted by Verónica Egui, a reporter for El Universal in Argentina about the presidential race and its potential effects on U.S. foreign policy and did a Skype interview in Spanish with Stefania Bedoya of Periodista Canal Internacional in Panama. He also was contacted by Apple, a Chinese daily, for a email interview and asked to rank the Obama presidency and what might be found different under a Romney presidency.
November 5, 2012
Jenna Johnson, the higher education reporter for The Washington Post, is visiting campus today and tomorrow doing election-related stories. She has met with Dianne Bystrom of the Catt Center for Women and Politics and University Professor Steffen Schmidt for interviews and was hoping to drop in on some political science classes. The interviews were a result of News Service referrals.
Schmidt has been scheduled by Maria Salmon-Rondon of CNN en Espanol for interviews both Tuesday during their election coverage and Wednesday during their follow-up coverage. He is also slated to do a segment on the Matt Holmes show on AM900 CHML radio in Hamilton, Ontario Tuesday night.
November 6, 2012
Schmidt has been scheduled by Maria Salmon-Rondo of CNN en Espanol for interviews during their election coverage
November 8, 2012
Schmidt was invited to do Venezuelan Radio on the impact of the 2012 election on US Latin American relations. Schmidt did a live interview with Matt Holmes, a talk show host or KHMO radio, the largest radio station in Ontario, Canada, on how Obama won the 2012 election. He was also a guest on Arnie Arneson’s public radio program in new Hampshire, on the success of women in the 2012 election and the all female congressional delegation of the state.
Schmidt was also interviewed by the Ames Tribune on election 2012 and specifically the 4th Iowa district race between Vilsack and King and wrote 2 responses to inquiries from the Washington Post and InsiderIowa.com where he wrote a Spanish column on election 2012 and an analysis of polling in the 2012 elections. He has also been asked to write an op ed for the Des Moines register on whether Obama won the election or if Mitt Romney lost it.
November 9, 2012
Schmidt was contacted by Jonathan Salant, Bloomberg News money and politics reporter, wanting to do a post-election interview on the effects of negative advertising during the presidential campaign and if such negativity is to be expected in the campaigns. He was also interviewed by Marcel Oppliger, an editor with La Seguna Sábado in Chili, who is looking ahead at the possibility of a Hillary Clinton campaign in 2016.
November 13, 2012
Schmidt was interviewed by a report for a Venezuelan newspaper about the Patreous/Allen scandal and what it might mean for the administration’s policies with other nations, and in particular, with Afghanistan and NATO forces.
Schmidt has also provided a blog for the WNYC site on why Gov. Romney lost the election. It can be found at http://www.wnyc.org/blogs/its-free-blog/2012/nov/13/opinion-5-mistakes-cost-romney-election/
November 19, 2012
Schmidt has submitted another blog piece to WNYC in New York on Susan Rice, Obama and the GOP.
November 30, 2012
A column by Schmidt on “Why I Defend the Ames Straw Poll” will be run on Tuesday in the Ames Tribune. Schmidt also has a featured blog post concerning the fiscal cliff on the WNYC, NY, website.

December 2012
December 10, 2012
Schmidt was interviewed by email by Veronica Egui, a reporter of El Universal, a large, influential Venezuelan daily newspaper, about the upcoming "fiscal cliff." Egui was interested in who would win if we go off the cliff and why we ended at the cliff in the first place. Schmidt believes such a scenario puts a win in Obama’s column. As for how we got there, Schmidt says it is because Congress wanted a sword dangling over them so they would all give in a bit and negotiate. The cliff was NEVER supposed to be reached.
Schmidt was also interviewed by Miriam Burgues from the EFE News Service about the challenges facing President Obama during a second term, including fiscal and immigration matters. EFE, based in Spain, is the best known news service in Spanish.
December 13, 2012
Schmidt was interviewed by James Carroll of the Washington Bureau of the Louisville Courier-Journal about a trip planned by Iowa evangelicals to Israel. Traveling with them will be Kentucky Republican Senator Rand Paul. Carroll was interested in discussing the political ramifications of a potential 2016 presidential contender making such a trip.
December 14, 2012
Schmidt was interviewed by a reporter from the Sioux City Journal about possible Republican presidential candidates for 2016. He also appeared on Trent Rice’s show in KASI where they discussed the fiscal cliff and Susan Rice’s decision to withdraw her name from consideration as Secretary of State.
December 17, 2012
Schmidt was interviewed by Verónica Egui, a reporter on the international desk of El Universal, a Venezuelan newspaper. Egui was working on a story about why so many people are killed in the United States with firearms and why gun control is so difficult to achieve.
December 18, 2012
Schmidt was interviewed by Benjamin Fernandez, CNN en Español editorial director, about guns, school shootings and politics in the United States. Fernandez was especially interested if Schmidt thinks President Obama can get some sort of support going for moving a gun control bill through Congress.

2013
January 2013

January 4, 2013
Salena Zito, a reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer, asked Schmidt to comment on the role of Vice President Joe Biden in negotiating a fiscal cliff agreement with Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, and bypassing Majority Leader Harry Reid.
Schmidt also has a column scheduled in the Sunday Des Moines Register on the fragmentation of the Iowa GOP. Schmidt delves into the various segments of the Republican party, both in Iowa and nationally, and how it has caused a decline in contributions to the Iowa GOP. He also looks at some platform planks, such as various Hispanic issues, he believes the party must improve upon.
January 8, 2013
Schmidt appeared today on New Hapshire Public Radio with host Arnie Arnesen discussing the fiscal cliff, debt limits and gun control.
January 9, 2013
Schmidt appeared on Iowa Public Radio’s "River to River" today discussing the coming Fiscal Cliff #2 debate and the debt ceiling as well as gun control and the controversy over the nomination of the Secretary of Defense and the head of the CIA.
He was also a guest on KASI's "Your Turn" with Trent Rice. The discussion centered around the national debt and President Obama issuing a trillion dollar platinum coin to raise the debt ceiling.
January 16, 2012
University Professor Schmidt was interviewed by Miriam Burgues of EFE News Services, the world’s largest Spanish-language news service, about second-term challenges for President Obama.
Schmidt also participated in an interview with Veronica Egui of El Universal on a variety of political topics, including the debt limit, immigration reform and U.S. relationships with Latin America.
January 22, 2012
Schmidt will appear on WNHN in New Hampshire Thursday with presidential scholar Dean Spiliotes about various national issues in a show hosted by Arne Arneson. Spiliotes is civic scholar in the School of Arts and Sciences at Southern New Hampshire University, and founder of the political blog, NHPoliticalCapital.com.
January 24, 2012
Salena Zito, the political reporter for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, contacted Schmidt for comments on a story about Louisiana governor Bobby Jindahl as a possible future presidential candidate.
January 29, 2012
After news over the weekend that Sen. Tom Harkin would retire at the end of his current term, Schmidt was contacted for comment by Alexandra Hayne of the Ames Tribune and reporters from the Des Moines Register. He also wrote an “Iowa View” column looking at possible contenders for the open seat for the Register which was featured Monday morning.
Veronica Egui, a reporter for the Venezuelan paper, El Universal, asked Schmidt for comments on the legacy of Hillary Clinton while Juan Pablo Crespo of Diario Panorama, also in Venezuela, was interested in the likelihood of some form of gun control passing Congress.
Schmidt was contacted by Rebekah Metzler, political writer for U.S. News & World Report for comments about the political viability of the bipartisan immigration reform proposal. She was particularly interested in whether it indicates House Republicans are ready to support a comprehensive package that allows a path for citizenship.
January 30, 2013
Schmidt has had accepted by the Des Moines Register an opinion piece post-sequestration budget cuts.
January 31, 2013
Schmidt was interviewed by Brett Hayworth of the Sioux City Journal about the possibility of a Steve King candidacy for Senate and Deb Belt, the associate regional editor for P:atch.com who wanted to discuss Iowa’s GOP and its attempts to broaden the party’s appeal on the gay marriage/equality issue. Schmidt also appeared on Trent Rice’s talk program on KASI discussing Chuck Hagel’s appointment as defense secretary, the presidential appointment process and gun control.
Veronica Egui, a reporter for the Venezuelan newspaper, El Universal, discussed John Kerry as Secretary of States and how he might try to improve US- Latin American relationships. Egui and Schmidt also talked about trade and immigration policies as some of the major themes of the Kerry years. Egui was also interested in talking about the future of the outgoing secretary, Hillary Clinton.
NOT included January – March 1 2013.