TLC alum Scott Jennings signs with CNN

By on June 23, 2017

By Shelby Brown–

A Louisville Cardinal alumnus just signed up for the big leagues. U of L grad and former McConnell Scholar Scott Jennings announced June 22 he contracted with CNN as a political commentator.

Jennings co-founded RunSwitch Public Relations and has appeared frequently on national shows in the past year. RunSwitch reports Jennings supplies “senior level communications, public affairs, political and crisis communications counsel for national and international clients.”

He plans to continue his role at the company.

“It is an honor to sign with CNN and appear alongside some of the best-known and most trusted names in the media industry,” Jennings said. “CNN has an amazing roster of commentators and hosts; it is humbling and invigorating to discuss with them the events shaping our world.”

Jennings has aided four presidential campaigns and dozens of U.S. House, U.S. Senate and local elections. He served under President George W. Bush and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

At 16, Jennings worked at radio stations in western Kentucky. After enrolling at U of L, he joined The Louisville Cardinal staff and worked at WHAS radio as a broadcast journalist. He also writes a regular column for the Courier-Journal.

“Being part of the media landscape has always been in my blood,” Jennings said.

Endowed Chair and director of McConnell Center, Gary Gregg, remembers an ambitious student highly regarded among his peers. Jennings was student chair of the McConnell Scholars in the late 1990s.

“He was fun, but always was ready to pick a political fight with his colleagues,” Gregg said. “We are extremely proud of Scott.”

Jennings’ career is “pretty extraordinary,” Gregg said.

The former Cardinal staffer who churned out stories as an undergraduate has advice to students with similar aspirations.

“If I had once piece of advice for people who want to be in the media industry, it is this: learn to write,” Jennings said. “The people who stand out are the ones who can put pen to paper. I always say that nobody in this world values the skill of putting pen to paper anymore, and those that do will always have a leg up. This especially applies to media.”

Advice from mentors at WHAS helped Jennings hone his writing. His mentors stressed economizing words for more impact.

“Truly describe what is happening,” he says. “Don’t waste words.”

While Jennings has rocketed to success since leaving his hometown of Dawson Springs, he says at the center of it all, he is a writer.

“Writing is the underpinning of everything I do in communications,” Jennings said.

 

Photo courtesy of RunSwitch Public Relations.

About Shelby Brown

2 Comments

  1. Angela

    October 8, 2017 at 3:23 pm

    Scott, your mouth is every bit as ugly as every other stupid ignorant, vile, piggish, disrespectful idiot on the planet. Wouldn’t believe a freakin word that comes out of your injected toxin in your brain. STUPID DOES LIKE STUPID THINKS. DO THE WORLD A FAVOR AND GET OFF.

  2. Brenda

    November 4, 2017 at 1:03 pm

    Scoot Your text reform is BS if you can’t remember let me refresh Your memory you put this same tax reform in when Ronald Reagan was in office. The rich got richer the banks went crazy and by the time Bush got into office it crashed and we were in a recession by the end of bush’s term we were almost in a depression that is what Obama inherited from the Republicans and yes O’bama saved our a** with no help from you the republicans no jobs were brought back no money was brought back in and you think it’s going to work again it’s not it will just make you guys richer and it’ll make it so the poor people or the almost trying to get out of being a middle class person into debt with Texas it doesn’t work history repeats itself and you are taking advantage of we the people the very people you work for. Remember You are there to protect us not make the rich richer the poor Poorer! You’re taking away the few deductions that we do have we only get 10000 on our home we can no longer deduct our medical after you made the deductions so high That is not helping we the people Trying to put a cap on what insurances pay for illnesses does not help taking a wave from people medicare medicaid is so mean and hateful I have a nice she lives alone she asked a big and borrow and still just to make medicare medicaid which ever one she has replaced her broken down chair because she has no money she severely disable and lives alone. Why do republicans insist on hurting poor people I would like for you to live on minimum wage and then let’s see how excited you would be about a $1000 extra what you should cut is the tax credit on children these people that keep having multiple kids just stresses the school system and it’s not necessary but as long as you give them money they’re gonna keep hatching out kids make them pay for all the kids that they have you get to deduct 4 Max After that you start pain $500 a kid extra no incentives for stressing out governmen facilities such as our schools and I’m tired of pain for kids that I don’t have it’s not my responsibility So your $1000 that you’re giving to these people is a joke take your money go live in a run down place on what a person makes a poor person makes in a year and then tell me how it’s going to help them as you pad your own pockets. Republicans absolutely disgust me and my whole family has been Republican for years and you are totally repulsive with your rules and not being there for we the people. Please get off the trump train show that you do have respect and values for America and American people every day I see things from you and hear you if it’s posted on Facebook I always put on their remember to vote Democrat republicans must go. Thank you for your time I hope some of this Sinks into your thick skull.

Leave a Reply

Cancel reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *