December 14, 2017

Media Availability – John T. Shaw

Chancellor Carlo Montemagno and John T. Shaw, the incoming director of Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s Paul Simon Public Policy Institute, will be available for interviews with reporters, photographers and news crews at 10:30 a.m., Dec. 18. The availability will take place at the institute, 1231 Lincoln Drive, in the old U.S. Forestry Building. 

The SIU Board of Trustees approved Shaw’s appointment on Dec. 14. He is a 26-year veteran congressional reporter with Market News International and covered political and economic issues for the global news service. Shaw will replace David Yepsen, who retired in October 2016. Shaw will begin his duties on Jan. 16. 

A native of Peoria, Illinois, Shaw earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from Knox College in Galesburg. He earned his master’s degree in history from the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia and did graduate work in international relations at The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies. He has been a congressional analyst for media outlets including C-SPAN, ABC’s 20/20, The PBS Newshour, and SkyNews Australia. 

He is also the author of five books, “Richard G. Lugar: Statesman of the Senate and JFK in the Senate: Pathway to the Presidency.” His latest book, “Rising Star, Setting Sun: Eisenhower, Kennedy and the Presidential Transition that Shaped America,” will be published by Pegasus Books in the spring of 2018.