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Off the Record, On the Road: Borders, Boundaries, and Migration

Monday, October 30
7:00 p.m.
Park Library Auditorium (view map)​​
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Forum Moderator

Image of Tim SkubickTim Skubick

Tim Skubick is senior capitol correspondent for WKAR and anchor and producer of the weekly public television series "Off the Record." 

“Off the Record” is seen on Michigan public television stations and has an audience of 100,000 viewers each week. Mr. Skubick is the longest-serving state capitol correspondent in Michigan history, with 45 years of covering state government and politics. He has won four Emmys for broadcast news work and has written two books on Michigan politics. He has a B.A. and M.A. from Michigan State University.



Forum Panelists

Image of Bill BallengerBill Ballenger

Bill Ballenger is a Michigan political pundit who operates "The Ballenger Report." He was the founder of Inside Michigan Politics, a state-based biweekly subscription newsletter that he launched in 1987 and published for 27 years. He is a former state representative and state senator, an ex-state racing commissioner, and director of the Michigan Department of Licensing & Regulation. Mr. Ballenger also served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health, Education & Welfare in the administration of President Gerald R. Ford.

Ballenger holds a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University and a master’s degree in Public Administration from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. He has been a visiting adjunct professor at the University of Michigan/Flint; in both Lyman Briggs and Justin Morrill Colleges at Michigan State University; and in the Public Administration program of Western Michigan University. 

Bill Ballenger served as the Griffin Endowed Chair at Central Michigan University from 2003-2007.


Image of Zoe ClarkZoe Clark

Zoe Clark is Michigan Radio's Program Director. In that role, Clark oversees all news and programming on the state's largest public radio station, including the station's award-winning newsroom, commentary by voices like Jack Lessenberry and John U. Bacon, and daily news-magazine Stateside with Cynthia Canty and Lester Graham. 

Clark also co-hosts, with Michigan Public Radio Network's Lansing Bureau Chief Rick Pluta, It's Just Politics, a weekly look at Michigan politics airing Monday mornings on Morning Edition. She is also a frequent guest on the public affairs program Off the Record, hosted by Tim Skubick. Clark holds degrees in Communication Studies and Political Science from the University of Michigan. She lives in Ann Arbor, where she was born and raised.

Image of Chuck StokesChuck Stokes

Chuck Stokes was named the editorial/public affairs director for WXYZ-TV/Channel 7 in October 1987. Stokes joined the station in 1981. Additionally, he serves as moderator and producer of Spotlight on the News, Michigan’s longest-running weekly news and public affairs show. His in-depth interviews have included a host of prominent politicians, entertainers, religious and business leaders.

Stokes' extensive knowledge of a wide range of topics led him to South Africa to produce a prime time documentary and a 10-part news series examining Africa's apartheid system. He has served as the co-executive producer of two 60-minute national Town Meetings featuring Democratic candidate and subsequently President Bill Clinton.  Additionally, Stokes has moderated several local and state political debates.

Before he became Channel 7’s editorial/public affairs director, Stokes worked as the station's executive producer of special projects in news. Under his direction, the department earned numerous awards and citations.  Before joining WXYZ-TV, Stokes worked at WTVF-TV in Nashville, Tennessee, as a producer and on-air reporter. Prior to that, he was a sports writer for the Washington Post.

Stokes has accumulated a long list of personal awards and achievements including 12 Emmys for editorial reporting and two Emmys for documentary reporting. In 2001, he received the "The Lifetime Achievement Award" from the Detroit Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. Stokes is a past president of both the National Conference of Editorial Writers and its Foundation.   In 2011, Stokes was inducted into the Michigan Association of Broadcaster’s Hall of Fame and in 2012 he received the “Life Membership Award” from the Association of Opinion Journalists (formerly called the National Conference of Editorial Writers).  He is also past chairman of the Michigan Association of Broadcasters Foundation.

Stokes is a graduate of Morehouse College in Atlanta, and holds a master's degree from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism.  

Special Guests

Rep. Edward CanfieldRep. Ed Canfield

State Representative Edward J. “Ned” Canfield was first elected to serve the 84th District in November 2014.  The district covers Huron and Tuscola counties. 

Rep. Canfield is a member of the House Appropriations Committee and chairs the Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services. He is vice chair of the Military and Veterans Affairs appropriations subcommittee. He also serves on appropriations subcommittees for Medicaid, the Department of Transportation and the Department of Education. He also serves as a member or the Joint Select Committee on the Flint Water Public Health Emergency and the House Bipartisan Mental Health Task Force. Dr. Canfield is a Board Certified Osteopathic Family Physician.

Rep. Yousef RabhiRep. Yousef Rabhi

State Representative Yousef Rabhi is serving in his first term as a state representative for the 53rd House District, which includes parts of the city of Ann Arbor and portions of Ann Arbor, Pittsfield and Scio townships. He previously served three terms on the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners.

Rep. Rabhi has a degree in environmental science with a specialization in urban planning and ecosystem management from the University of Michigan.



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The Griffin Policy Forums address social, political, economic, environmental and other current issues. They are hosted twice yearly by the Robert and Marjorie Griffin Endowed Chair in American Government, the College of Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences, and the Department of Political Science and Public Administration at Central Michigan University.

About the Griffin Endowed Chair

The Griffin Endowed Chair in American Government at Central Michigan University was established through generous gifts from alumni, faculty and friends of the university. It provides continuing support to fund the salary and associated costs of a government and public policy expert to serve as a faculty member in the Department of Political Science and Public Administration​ and to host twice yearly forums addressing public policy issues.

The Griffin endowment was named to recognize the significant public service of distinguished CMU alumni Senator Robert P. Griffin, '47​, and Marjorie Griffin, '44. Read more​​​​​