Fair, Balanced... and Dead

by Steve Swatt



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 9/24/2009

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 5.5x8.5
Page Count : 336
ISBN : 9781425184803

About the Book

The powerful chairman of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Democrat Bernie Edelstein of California, dies suddenly of a heart attack, leaving the Democrats with a razor-slim one-vote Senate margin. The state’s Republican Governor, Colin Frank, now must appoint a successor.

The leading candidate is Republican Assembly Speaker Johnny Callahan, a former college football hero with movie star good looks, political connections and White House ambitions.

Led by a prominent Hollywood producer, Callahan has influential supporters who are determined to see him in the Senate, but why is someone risking his life and resorting to lies and trickery to try to block the appointment?

Unwittingly, Sacramento television reporter Jack Summerland stumbles onto the story and soon finds himself in the middle of deadly game of political intrigue that takes him from the halls of power at the State Capitol to the back streets of Sacramento and academia in Berkeley.

In this thrilling page-turner, Summerland hurdles obstacles every step of the way as he struggles to expose the political scandal of the century – with the nation’s political future hanging in the balance.

About the Author

Steve Swatt is a Sacramento-based political and media consultant. Previously, he spent 25 years in journalism. For 22 years, Steve served as political reporter for KCRA, Sacramento’s NBC affiliate. He also contributed to NBC Nightly News, the NBC Today Show and various PBS political and public affairs programs. Before joining KCRA, Steve was a reporter for the San Francisco Examiner and United Press International. While a broadcaster, Steve covered every major ballot proposition, presidential and gubernatorial campaign and ten presidential nominating conventions, as well as issues in the California Legislature and the administrations numerous governors, including Ronald Reagan, Jerry Brown, George Deukmejian and Pete Wilson. For many years, Steve held the distinction of being California's only full-time television reporter covering the State Capitol. His work won him the Northern California Emmy Award, the National Health Journalism Award, California State Bar Award, and several awards from the Society of Professional Journalists. The Sacramento Bee once referred to his election commentary as "the best on local television." Steve has taught Political Communications Cal State University, Sacramento and has served on boards or in advisory capacities for numerous political and journalism organizations. Steve received a bachelor's degree in business administration and a master's degree in journalism from the University of California, Berkeley.