About the Speaker
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    Patrick Gannon
    Public Information Officer, N.C. State Board of Elections

    Patrick Gannon is the public information director at the State Board of Elections. He has served in this role since since October 2016, just before the presidential election. His responsibilities include managing the State Board website, drafting press releases and social media content, responding to public records requests, and answering questions from the media, county boards of elections, and voters.

    Pat came to the State Board after a 17-year career in journalism, most recently as editor of The Insider State Government News Service and syndicated columnist covering state politics for the Capitol Press Association. Before that, he worked as a reporter and editor for the Wilmington, N.C., Star-News and a reporter for the Utica Observer-Dispatch in upstate New York. In 2004, he reported from Iraq while embedded with a N.C. National Guard unit. He is a 1999 graduate in communications and mass media from Kent State University in Ohio. He lives in Raleigh with his daughter.