blog postsThanks, SSU, for Introducing Me to Paul Simon and Public Policy JournalismJul 20, 2010 12:29 pm493 views SSU changed the course of my life. I was a dissatisfied teacher who had no idea I could actually be paid to write, something I loved to do, and further learn more about public policy, an area in which I'd hoped to 'make a difference.' I owe a debt of gratitude to founding President Bob Spencer for helping form Sangamon State and, even more, for allowing me to meet then-Lt. Gov. Paul Simon, who was at that moment creating the Public Affairs Reporting program. That seminal project of Paul's introduced me and 14 others to the vital field of public affairs journalism and, via Capitol bureau internships, allowed us to enter the profession I felt so privileged to join.