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Executive Assistant

Email: p***@***.gov
Senator Eichelberger
309 Allegheny Street
Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania 16648
United States

 
Background

Employment History

  • Reporter
    WTAJ-TV
  • Executive Assistant
    Eichelberger
  • Executive Aide
    Eichelberger
  • WVVA

Education

  • Ohio University
32 Total References
Web References
Staff « Senator Eichelberger
senatoreichelberger.com, 25 Sept 2014 [cached]
Patrick Schurr
Patrick Schurr is Senator Eichelberger's Executive Assistant, based in the Hollidaysburg office. His primary duties include policy development and legislative issues, constituent work, and communications.
Prior to joining Senator Eichelberger's staff, Patrick spent 14 years as a reporter and anchor at WTAJ-TV in Altoona.
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Patrick graduated cum laude from Ohio University in 1998, majoring in Broadcast Journalism, with minors in Political Science and History. He and his wife, Andrea, have three young sons.
HOLLIDAYSBURG - Sometimes, when ...
www.altoonamirror.com, 10 Feb 2014 [cached]
HOLLIDAYSBURG - Sometimes, when Patrick Schurr accompanies his boss, state Sen.
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We're at a meeting, and people think, 'Why is the media here?'" Schurr said at his Hollidaysburg office. "And I say, 'Well, I'm not on that side anymore.'"
In November, after 14 years as a reporter and anchor at WTAJ, Schurr left his job at the TV station to take up a post as Eichelberger's executive assistant. Now the local celebrity researches legislation, takes phone calls and sends press releases to reporters - the same people he once competed with for stories.
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Patrick Schurr works as executive assistant to state Sen.
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Schurr left WTAJ in November after 14 years as a reporter and anchor to take up his new post.
"You get over that quickly," he said, laughing. "But there's definitely a learning curve to it."
Schurr is easily recognizable to anyone who's watched Altoona-area TV news over the last decade. Arriving at WTAJ as a 23-year-old in 1999 after a stint with a smaller West Virginia station, he planned to leave for another city until his 2002 promotion to morning anchor.
Schurr said he'd planned to rise through the ranks as so many broadcast journalists do: putting in time at small markets before earning a job at a major station. He never imagined he'd one day leave the field to work in politics, he said.
"Since high school, I just sort of knew that's what I wanted to do. I took the classes in high school: TV, radio, journalism, straight through college," Schurr said.
A desirable job at WTAJ and the beginnings of a family kept him in the area far longer than he'd expected, and he developed a loyal following among viewers.
But last fall, after a management change took Schurr off the anchor desk and returned him to reporting, "the opportunity sort of presented itself" to work as Eichelberger's executive aide, he said.
"I thought he was always somebody that had personal integrity," said Eichelberger, whose wife, reporter Charlotte Ames, worked with Schurr at the station.
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When Schurr posted on his Facebook page that he was leaving WTAJ, hundreds of fans replied.
Among the messages were: "We'll miss you"; "It's not going to be the same without you;" "I can't believe that you are gone."
"All of the comments, the posts on Facebook, were very gratifying because the viewers - that was what made the job for me," Schurr said.
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Schurr sometimes accompanies the senator at town hall gatherings and answers calls from concerned constituents, many of whom instantly recognize his name.
It may take a while for voters to recognize him for his new job, though: Some still ask whether he's at WTAJ, with a few seeming to think he simultaneously covers the news and works in politics, Schurr said.
Trained in broadcast journalism and long planning to spend his entire career in the field, Schurr said he sometimes misses the work since his unexpected shift to politics. He keeps in touch with his old coworkers, he said, and a framed collage of photos and press clippings they made dominates a wall in his new office.
And fans still greet him in public, he said.
"That's been the hardest part, too, leaving, because I enjoyed that part of the job so much. So I guess it's a little bittersweet when I still hear comments," he said.
WTAJ-TV 10 - Altoona/Johnstown/State College, PA - WTAJ News - PATRICK SCHURR
www.wtajtv.com, 5 Sept 2006 [cached]
PATRICK SCHURR
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PATRICK SCHURR
Patrick Schurr is co-anchor of 10 NEWS THIS MORNING and 10 NEWS AT NOON.
Patrick has been part of the 10 NEWS team since November of 1999.His career started at WOAY-TV, the ABC affiliate in southern West Virginia.After just a few months there, Patrick joined WVVA-TV, the NBC affiliate for that area, as the station's Raleigh County Newsroom reporter.
He spent his first few years at WTAJ-TV as a reporter before being promoted to anchor.While he's covered numerous events important to folks who live in Central Pa., he reluctantly calls covering the crash of Flight 93 in Shanksville on 9/11 his proudest moment."I was one of the first reporters on the scene and on the air that morning.We, as a team, had outstanding and practically non-stop coverage for two days straight," Patrick says."Yet, that day and that event was so tragic, so profound and so life-shattering that I hope I never cover a story like that again."
Patrick was born in Pittsburgh, but grew up in Kettering, Ohio.He graduated cum laude from Ohio University's Scripps School of Journalism in 1998 and credits OU's professors and advisers at the radio and television stations with giving him a solid foundation to begin his career.
In his spare time, Patrick enjoys skiing in the winter, golfing in the summer and working on house projects year-round.You may occasionally catch him daydreaming of lounging beneath a Caribbean island palm tree while listening to a Jimmy Buffett tune.
Patrick says he's glad to call this area home, where he can be near his relatives and root for his beloved Pirates, Steelers, and Penguins.He and his wife, Andrea, live in Duncansville with their dog, Bella.Patrick also says he's been fortunate to get involved with the community by coaching youth soccer and, through WTAJ, volunteering with groups like the Children's Miracle Network, American Cancer Society and Easter Seals Central Pennsylvania.
Email him at schurr@wtajtv.com
The WTAJ News Team
wearecentralpa.com, 10 Nov 2012 [cached]
Patrick Schurr Patrick Schurr co-anchors WTAJ News this Morning along with WTAJ News at Noon. Patrick joined WTAJ News in November 1999 as a reporter before being promoted to anchor.
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Angie Koehle joined the WTAJ News Team in June 2009 as a general assignment reporter before becoming the weekend anchor and now the morning and noon co-anchor alongside Patrick Schurr.
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Patrick Schurr
WTAJ Morning News
wearecentralpa.com, 2 Nov 2011 [cached]
Patrick Schurr
Pschurr@wtajtv.com
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