Panel talks about how to deal with a scandal

The College of Charleston is hosting a panel discussion on how to conduct crisis communication during a political scandal.

The panel, scheduled for 4:30-5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Physicians Memorial Auditorium, will feature Mike McCurry, former White House press secretary for President Bill Clinton, Gina Smith, a reporter for The State newspaper who has covered much of the scandal involving Gov. Mark Sanford, and Phil Noble, president of the S.C. New Democrats.

The discussion will be moderated by Tucker Eskew, a former press secretary for Gov. Carroll Campbell who worked on the Bush-Cheney and McCain-Palin presidential campaigns.

"We are delighted to have this distinguished group of panelists addressing a very timely and important topic," said Brian McGee, chair of the college's Department of Communication. "What makes for a political scandal? What should be considered scandalous, but isn't? We all look forward to learning from these talented professionals."

The discussion is free and open to the public.