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Staff « Senator Eichelberger
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. Patrick graduated cum laude from Ohio University in 1998, majoring in Broadcast Journalism with minors in Political Science and History.
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Patrick Schurr, Eichelberger's executive assistant, said Thursday afternoon that no Democrats attended Thursday's inaugural session.
HOLLIDAYSBURG - Sometimes, when Patrick Schurr accompanies his boss, state Sen.
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. Patrick Schurr works as executive assistant to state Sen. 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. 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. 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.
Blog « Senator Eichelberger
Posted by Patrick Schurr | May 5, 2016
After having had discussions today about the many problems facing Pennsylvania's future, I am more convinced than ever that making difficult financial decisions now is what's required to address approaching disaster. Former legislatures and Governors have made many votes for ... Read more> We're back up to a 31-19 majority Posted by Patrick Schurr | May 4, 2016 Posted by Patrick Schurr | May 3, 2016 Posted by Patrick Schurr | May 2, 2016 I drove to Harrisburg this morning for the PA Assoc. of Mutual Insurance Companies' conference where I delivered the keynote address. I spoke about the impact of the national and state's economy on the insurance industry and the impact this ... Read more> He said, "I love Altoona." Posted by Patrick Schurr | May 1, 2016 Posted by Patrick Schurr | April 30, 2016 Posted by Patrick Schurr | April 29, 2016 Many people knew Andrea from my insurance office who worked with me for 23 years and became a good friend to both me and Charlotte. She died on Monday after a brief illness and her funeral was this evening. It ... Read more> I didn't either Posted by Patrick Schurr | April 28, 2016 Posted by Patrick Schurr | April 27, 2016 Posted by Patrick Schurr | April 26, 2016
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