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2010 Gubernatorial Debate at UC Davis

Strategic Communications

334 Mrak Hall
University of California, Davis
One Shields Avenue
Davis, CA 95616

(530) 752-1930

The Journalists


Amy Chance

The Sacramento Bee’s political editor, Amy Chance built a career covering California politics and government. She supervises a staff of reporters, editors and columnists who cover the state Legislature, the governor, ballot measures and statewide political campaigns for the newspaper, and Capitol Alert.

Chance came to Sacramento to cover City Hall in 1984, moving two years later to the Capitol Bureau to cover the second term of Gov. George Deukmejian. Since then, she has reported on most of the state’s major political figures, from former Gov. Pete Wilson and former Attorney General Dan Lungren to U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, and now Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Kevin Riggs

As KCRA 3 political reporter, Kevin Riggs has traveled extensively, from Washington, D.C., to Little Rock and from New Hampshire to Florida. He has more experience in this arena than any other television reporter in Sacramento, having covered every California election since 1978, and every governor since Jerry Brown.

His assignments cover a wide range, including presidential campaigns from the New Hampshire primary to the national political conventions, California's ongoing budget crises and statewide races. Riggs extensively covered the historic 2003 recall that led to Arnold Schwarzenegger’s election as governor and traveled with him on Schwarzenegger's first overseas trip to Israel.

Aside from politics, Riggs has covered other major stories. His past assignments include the 1992 Los Angeles riots, the 1994 Northridge earthquake, the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing and the 1999 massacre at Columbine High School.

Riggs came to KCRA in 1994 after broadcast jobs in Santa Barbara and Fresno. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in journalism from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.

Marianne Russ

Marianne Russ is bureau chief for California Capitol Network, Capital Public Radio’s statewide news service. Stories produced by CCN are heard by 2 million listeners a week on nearly three-dozen stations in California, Nevada and Oregon. Russ is also heard nationally filing for NPR and the public radio business program, Marketplace.

Russ has been working as a broadcast journalist for the better part of 15 years. She cut her political teeth covering small-town and state politics in Ohio and went on to work in both public and commercial radio news. She’s also spent time in Germany, producing long-form stories for Deutsche Welle, Germany’s international broadcasting service. She joined Capital Public Radio in 2005 from KFBK radio in Sacramento.

Russ has won numerous awards, including a regional Edward R. Murrow, Associated Press honors, national recognition from the Association of Capitol Reporters and Editors and the Public Radio News Directors Association. She’s a two-time winner of the California Journalism Award, most recently for her coverage of the state budget impasse in 2009.

Russ is a graduate of Ohio’s Miami University with a master’s degree in journalism from Ohio University E.W. Scripps School.

The moderator

Gulstan Dart

Gulstan Dart is an award-winning journalist with extensive experience on both the national and local level. Gulstan came to KCRA 3 from KIRO-TV in Seattle, where he had anchored the morning and noon newscasts since 2003. Before his time in Seattle, Gulstan co-anchored the 5 p.m. award-winning and top-rated newscast at WSB-TV in Atlanta.

Prior to that, Gulstan reported from the scene of major stories for MSNBC. His duties also crossed over to the NBC network, where he was the news anchor for NBC's Weekend Today Show and contributed to NBC Weekend Nightly News.

Gulstan has won regional Emmy awards for investigative reporting and writing. He has also been honored by the Associated Press for his reporting and spot news coverage.

Gulstan supports a variety of charities including the March of Dimes. His work for that organization is especially important to him because he and his wife lost a child to a birth defect in 1998.

Gulstan also is a past board member of the Salvation Army and Boys and Girls Club. As the first person in his family to graduate from college, Gulstan talks to students about his career path and gives them encouragement to succeed in school and life.

Gulstan is a graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington. He is married with three children.