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MC's Angotti offers veteran insight into election night process

Professor Angotti is interviewed via Skype
Joe Angotti, the former producer of NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw who is now a distinguished visiting professor of communication studies at Monmouth College, was interviewed Thursday by NBC's Chicago television affiliate WMAQ about the process networks use to call elections.
Angotti told news anchor Mary Ann Ahern that this year's election-night coverage will be challenging for the "decision desks" at the major networks, due to the lack of solid exit poll information, caused by the large amount of early voting. He also predicted that winning Ohio will be the key to winning the presidency and that the networks will be focusing their independent polling efforts there to try to gain early insight into the voting trend.
Although featured only briefly in the following video clip, Angotti's interview will be aired at greater length Friday night on WMAQ's digital channel "NBC Chicago Nonstop." He will also be interviewed live Election Day morning on NBC affiliate WNWO in Toledo, Ohio.
Angotti came to Monmouth College in 2005 from Northwestern University, where he was professor and chair of the broadcast program at the Medill School of Journalism for six years. Before that he was a visiting professor in the department of communication at the University of Miami. Previously, he was an Emmy-award winning journalist with over 20 years of experience at NBC News in New York, London and Chicago. He was executive producer of the NBC Nightly News and Senior Vice President of NBC News.