About The show
Political Insanity is a podcast from two longtime observers of politics in the state of Florida and in the nation. We seek to help listeners understand the political disruption caused by the Trump administration focusing on topics such as the Mueller investigation, North Korea, and other major news stories. We talk with important figures such as John Dean, Rick Wilson, Ken Starr and others who help put this incredible political time in perspective.
Melissa Ross is the Emmy award-winning host and producer of WJCT’s First Coast Connect, the Jacksonville NPR/PBS station’s flagship local call-in public affairs radio program. On the television side, she hosts and produces WJCT Television’s interactive TV town hall program, Community Thread, and has worked as a fill-in columnist for the Florida Times-Union and the website Florida Politics.
As executive producer of the film The 904: Shadow on the Sunshine State, Melissa and WJCT received an Emmy in the “Documentary” category at the 2011 Suncoast Emmy Awards. The 904 examined Jacksonville’s status as Florida’s murder capital.
Melissa came to WJCT in 2009 with 20 years of experience in television broadcasting, including stints as an anchor, reporter and host in Cincinnati, Chicago, Orlando and Jacksonville. During her years in broadcast television, Melissa picked up three additional regional Emmys for news and feature reporting. Prior to joining WJCT, Melissa spent three years in the corporate communications field at Jacksonville’s Dalton Agency. During her stint at Dalton, she was cast in the HBO film Recount, playing- what else- a reporter!
Married with two children, Melissa is a graduate of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism/Communications.
Matthew Corrigan Ph.D. is Professor and Chair of the Department of Political Science and Public Administration at the University of North Florida. He is a graduate of University of Notre Dame and received his Masters and PhD from the University of Florida in 1995. His research interests include Southern politics, Florida politics and the American Presidency.
He has been chair of the Department for eight years where he has led a program review and accreditation for the graduate program. The Department has over 300 undergraduate majors and 90 graduate students. He is a member of the American Association of Public Opinion Research and he has extensive experience in program evaluation.
His book, Race, Religion and Economic Change was published in 2007 by University Press of Florida. His second book American Royalty that focuses on the Clinton and Bush families was published in May of 2008. His current book on Jeb Bush’s governorship in Florida called Conservative Hurricane: How Jeb Bush Remade Florida. During the aftermath of the 2000 presidential election, Dr. Corrigan was a consultant to Duval County, Florida and assisted county leaders in reforming the county’s voting system.
He is a two-time past-President of the Florida Political Science Association. He also has served as a Florida consultant to the Associated Press during the 2006, 2008, 2010 and 2012 elections. He has been quoted in hundreds of media outlets including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, CNN and the Washington Post . He lives in Jacksonville Florida with his wife Mary, Son John, and Daughter Jane.