Marquette University has experts, programming available to prepare media for RNC coverage, July 15-18 in Milwaukee

July 8, 2024

MILWAUKEE — Marquette University has experts and programming available for media preparing to cover the Republican National Convention in Milwaukee, July 15-18. This includes various subject matter experts, a journalism safety panel and a Marquette Law Poll event to familiarize visiting media with the Wisconsin electorate.

Marquette’s campus is located 1 mile from Fiserv Forum and its University Relations staff will be available to field media requests for faculty experts, filming locations and general inquiries. If you or a colleague need assistance, please contact:

  • Kevin Conway, associate director of university relations, via call or text at (414) 202-9329 or email,
  • Melissa Barclay, senior communication specialist, via call or text at (603) 897-5770 or email,

Faculty experts

Marquette maintains a robust list of faculty members available for analysis on a wide range of topics in the lead up to and during the convention. A list of RNC-specific experts is live in the Marquette News Center. Faculty listed in this directory are open to direct contact from media, unless noted, and have confirmed their availability during the convention. If you do not see your desired topic, please contact Conway or Barclay and inquiries can be made with unlisted faculty.

Journalism safety panel, “Protest and Polarization: Covering the Republican and Democratic national conventions,” July 10

Marquette has partnered with IJNet, the Foley Foundation, Northwestern University and the Committee to Protect Journalists to host “Protest and Polarization: Covering the Republican and Democratic national conventions,” to prepare journalists for covering political conventions via a virtual panel on Wednesday, July 10, at 11 a.m. ET/10 a.m. CT.

A panel of journalists and media safety experts will discuss what reporters must keep in mind as they cover the conventions. Panelists will discuss how to stay safe reporting on demonstrations surrounding the conventions, how to effectively engage audiences on important election issues, and more.

Registration is open and available online. Links to resources for journalists covering the conventions in both Milwaukee and Chicago will be made available.

Marquette Law School Poll presents “Battleground Wisconsin: Politics, Polls, and Perspectives,” July 14

Marquette Law School and its Lubar Center for Public Policy Research and Civic Education will present “Battleground Wisconsin: Politics, Polls, and Perspectives” — a special presentation with the Marquette Law School Poll team that will dive into the Wisconsin electoral scene — on the day before the start of the Republican National Convention: Sunday, July 14, at 10 a.m., in Eckstein Hall, 1215 W. Michigan St.

This event is open to media only and is particularly designed to give reporters visiting Milwaukee for the RNC a deep dive into Wisconsin, with perspectives on current affairs, the effects of changes in voter demographics, and highlights of poll data on some of the state's most significant issues.

Registration for the event is open and available online.

About Marquette University

Marquette University is a Catholic, Jesuit university located near the heart of downtown Milwaukee that offers a comprehensive range of majors in 11 nationally and internationally recognized colleges and schools. Through the formation of hearts and minds, Marquette prepares our 11,100 undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and professional students to lead, excel and serve as agents of positive change. And, we deliver results. Ranked in the top 20% of national universities, Marquette is recognized for its undergraduate teaching, innovation and career preparation as the sixth-best university in the country for job placement. Our focus on student success and immersive, personalized learning experiences encourages students to think critically and engage with the world around them. When students graduate with a Marquette degree, they are truly prepared and called to Be The Difference.

About Kevin Conway

Kevin Conway

Kevin is the associate director for university communication in the Office of University Relations. Contact Kevin at (414) 288-4745 or