Pollster and political analyst John Zogby will deliver the first 2013 SUNYIT President’s Lecture on Tuesday, February 26. The lecture, which is free and open to the public, begins at noon in the Student Center multipurpose room on the SUNYIT campus in Marcy.
The founder of a Utica-based polling firm that grew into Zogby International, Zogby’s rise to national and international prominence was boosted by his work during the 1996 presidential campaign. In the aftermath of the close race, the Washington Post hailed his methodology and unique results, calling him “the maverick predictor who beat us all.” Since then he has polled for a “who’s who” list of clients, including Reuters, MSNBC, Fox News and many others, and has distinguished himself internationally with polling work in Canada, Mexico, Israel and Iran.
In February 2012, Zogby joined his son, Jonathan Zogby, and a group of former senior staff members from Zogby International at a new company called JZ Analytics. Zogby is a senior analyst with the company. Author of “The Way We’ll Be,” a 2008 book that used his work to forecast future trends, he is also a columnist, blogger (for the Huffington Post), frequent guest on network and cable news programs, and a much-sought-after lecturer around the world.
Zogby has a long association with SUNYIT, where his teaching career began at age 26, and where he met his wife, Kathleen. He holds degrees in history from Le Moyne College and Syracuse University and has taught history and political science at SUNYIT, Utica College, and at Hamilton College’s Arthur Levitt Public Affairs Center. He received Le Moyne’s distinguished Alumni Award in June 2000 and was awarded an honorary degree at SUNYIT’s 2005 commencement.