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DNC Spotlight shines on JCSU as CBS Broadcasts from Campus

Charlotte, N.C. (Sept. 3, 2012) - After scouting out several locations in Charlotte for the ultimate skyline view of Uptown, CBS news crews landed on the campus of Johnson C. Smith University for broadcasting its nationally televised morning and evening live news programs leading up to the Democratic National Convention (DNC).  

On Saturday, Sept. 1, "CBS This Morning" interviewed Major Garrett of the National Journal from the JCSU Irwin Belk stadium's Eddie C. McGirt Field against a backdrop of the Queen City. The network returned on Sept. 2 to film "CBS Evening News" from the same location with CBS political director John Dickerson giving ramp-up coverage of the 2012 DNC.

"We are proud to be part of the international spotlight as it shines on Charlotte and some 15,000 media arrive to cover the DNC," said Ronald L. Carter, president of Johnson C. Smith University. "As an urban University located near the heart of Charlotte's business hub, we are privileged to participate in activities that highlight this very important political process."

The University is presenting two media events related to the DNC activities this week. On Monday, Sept. 3 the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce partnered with JCSU to bring a delegation of 75 international leaders affiliated with the National Democratic Institute to campus for a luncheon as part of its Charlotte tour.

On Tuesday, Sept. 4, the University presents with the Congressional Black Caucus Institute, UFuture: A summit for Innovative Young Thinkers at 10 a.m. More than 300 students from 20 area colleges and universities will participate in the summit led by hosts Alfre Woodard and Hill Harper, along with a panel of elected officials and business leaders. The event will be streamed live from the homepage of the JCSU website: For more information about UFuture, follow us on Twitter (@jcsuniversity) and Facebook (

Founded in 1867, Johnson C. Smith University is the premier independent urban liberal arts university located in the heart of Charlotte, N.C. It offers a progressive liberal arts curriculum with 23 fields of study to more than 1,600 students. The University prepares students for success through excellent academic programs with a focus on servant leadership, civic engagement and global responsibility.          


Jennifer K. Gaskins

Assistant Director | University Communications and Marketing
Johnson C. Smith University
100 Beatties Ford Road | Charlotte, NC 28216
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