Named for the national press secretary for two U.S. Presidents, the Marlin Fitzwater Center for Communication at Franklin Pierce University is a world-class center for teaching civic engagement through public communication. Home to the university’s nationally recognized polling operation and the Pierce Media Group, the Fitzwater Center sponsors programs like the annual Fitzwater Medallion Awards, which brings influential media leaders to campus to engage with students, and The Presidency and the Press, a summer journalism intensive for high school students. The Fitzwater Center’s facilities enable Franklin Pierce students to write, film, edit and produce programming for student-run television, radio, print and digital media outlets.
PoliticsFitzU is our student media organization that covers political news and events throughout the Granite State, including presidential campaign events in the first-in-the-nation primary, national party conventions, and even inaugural events at the White House. PoliticsFitzU students host Pizza and Politics, a series of on-campus conversations between community members and presidential candidates.
Franklin Pierce University partners with the Boston Herald, NBC10/NECN/Telemundo, and veteran pollster R. Kelly Myers to conduct political polls in the runup to the presidential election. Students participate in survey design, data collection and analysis, and media relations. Up-to-date polling results and analysis can be found on our website. Student and faculty commentators can be available to the press through the contacts listed below.
The Fitzwater Center is a founding partner of the Granite State News Collaborative, a statewide multimedia news collaborative whose members work together to add dimension and depth to reporting on issues of concern to the New Hampshire public as a whole, and to individual communities. Fitzwater students have contributed research, writing, analysis and production services to support this collaboration.
Franklin Pierce University is an accredited private university in New Hampshire that achieves outstanding student success through the integration of liberal arts and professional programs. The University includes a 1200-acre residential campus in Rindge, N.H., as well as centers in Manchester, Lebanon and Portsmouth, N.H. and Goodyear, Ariz. Students in the College of Business, the College of Health and Natural Sciences and the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences earn degrees through the doctoral level in classroom-based and online programs. Franklin Pierce is a NCAA Division II institution, with 24 varsity athletic teams for men and women.
Drawing on our strong foundation in liberal education, we offer highly personalized, financially accessible academic programs that develop essential professional skills, promote close community connections, and help students realize their potential to become engaged and qualified leaders.
For more information contact:
Director of the Fitzwater Center
Dr. Kristen Nevious
Director of the Marlin Fitzwater Center for Communication
Franklin Pierce University
The Marlin Fitzwater Center for Communication offers numerous programs that reach out to constituencies on campus, within the region and beyond to the national arena.
In addition, the Department of Communication is housed within the Marlin Fitzwater Center for Communication and offers degrees in Communication with concentrations in Journalism and Media Production as well as Media Studies, Sports Media, and Digital Media Design.
Learn more about the Center’s namesake, Marlin Fitzwater, who served as press secretary to presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush.