“Fixing Democracy” upcoming presentation


BETHLEHEM TWP. — A national expert on civic engagement who is leading an initiative combatting gerrymandering in Pennsylvania will speak at 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 26 on the Main campus of Northampton Community College.

Chris Satullo will speak on “Putting People Back into Policy: How Engaged Journalism Can Help Fix Democracy” at a presentation open free to the public in College Center 220.

Satullo is a consultant on media, civic engagement and nonprofit strategy, doing business as Keystone Civic Ventures LLC.  He is a co-founder and co-director of the PA Project for Civic Engagement and serves as civic engagement consultant to the Committee of Seventy.  For the past two years, he’s led Seventy’s statewide project on gerrymandering, Draw the Lines PA.

Previously, he was vice president for news and civic dialogue at WHYY public media in Philadelphia, where he started the NewsWorks.org website and radio programs such as the Pulse and NewsWorks Tonight. Before WHYY, he worked nearly 20 years at the Philadelphia Inquirer, where he served as editorial page editor and a columnist, among various positions. 

At both WHYY and the Inquirer, Satullo wrote a weekly commentary called Centre Square.  He has won more than 60 awards for columns, editorials, reporting and civic engagement.  He is a graduate of Williams College and a Fulbright Fellow.

Satullo’s presentation is sponsored by The Commuter, NCC’s student news organization.