Caron Lieber an ESL faculty member and the incoming Academic Senate Treasurer attended the Democratic National Convention. Caron was with the Arizona delegation that made national and international news when their 102-year-old honorary Chair Geraldine, "Jerry" Emmett (the oldest delegate at the convention) announced the votes for Hillary Clinton.
After the event, Jerry turned into a media sensation. As Jerry is legally blind, Caron took her around for the next three days to interviews CNN Live, NBC Nightly News, the View, New York Times and the BBC. Caron also worked closely with a USA Today reporter to produce the final story on Jerry’s reaction after Hillary accepted the nomination, and Caron provided a photo of Jerry for the article.
By the end of the four-day convention, there were 80+ national and international newspaper and magazine stories about Jerry. Since Caron has returned to San Diego, she had been approached by the History Channel to include Jerry in a documentary. CNN visited Jerry in her Arizona home last week to interview her for a follow-up story, which will air before the November election, and newspaper reporters from Australia, England, and Japan have made appointments to visit her between now and election day.