Nick Ragone is an author, attorney and public relations executive in New York City. He earned a bachelor’s degree in history and political science from Rutgers University, and is a graduate of the Eagleton Institute of Political Science at Rutgers University (undergraduate) and the Georgetown University Law Center.

He is the author of three books: Essential American Government, Everything American Government, and President's Most Wanted. Nick is a regular contributor to the Fox News Channel and Fox Business, the PIX11 Morning Show, and has a weekly appearance on the popular Raph Bailey Radio Show.  He co-anchored PIX11's five-hour live inauguration coverage with Jim Watkins and Kaity Tong.

Nick is a contributor to Donklephant.com, one of the most influential political blogs on the web, and  has written for US News & World Report, The Star-Ledger, Real Simple Magazine and RealSimple.com.  Nick has been quoted in over two dozen stories on politics, the presidency, and public relations.  In December of 2007, Nick was named one of PR Week's 40 under 40 to watch, and in May of 2008 was featured in "Profiles of Success", a book about public relations. Nick lives in Jersey City, NJ, with his wife and two children, and spends what little free time he has obsessing on the Mets.

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And the "I'm totally out of touch and just don't get it award' goes to ...

UConn basketball coach Jim Calhoun!

A reporter at a press conference began a question with "considering that you're the highest paid state employee and with a budget deficit of $2 billion ...", at which point Einstein Calhoun cut him off with "not a dime back!" He then proceeded to harangue said reporter with the witty retort of "shut up".

And how did his remarks go over with the Governor Rell of Connecticut? Not well. "I think if coach Calhoun had the opportunity right now, he would welcome a do-over and not have that embarrassing display," she told reporters.

Nobody wants to take your salary away, coach, and nobody wants you to be an indentured servant. All we're looking for is an appreciation that: a. you make a lot of money; b. the state has a huge deficit; c. people are hurting out there; d. you coach a game for a living; and e. don't act like a jagoff. It'll be curious to see if this guy makes any sort of gesture to acknowledge that he "gets it" ...

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He also makes a ton of money for the university thru his top ranked basketball team. The reporter had no business going there right after that game, IMO.

February 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTR

He should have explained his POV instead of acting like a dbag.

February 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNick

Well, I will give you that, he's always been a d-bag in that regard. But I still don't think that was the forum for it. He should've been asked the question on NR.com.

February 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTR

That reminds me of the time Georgie Schmidt angrily rode off on his rupphouse after hitting the game winning home run in June of 1977...

February 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTR

Regardless of jagoff or not, did you notice other media in the room moan in disgust when the reporter became a jagoff (thanks for being polite)..

February 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJC

Yea that's because they kiss his ass to stay in his graces. I don't mind that the dude makes a ton of dough, and that his program is profitable -- that's great. Just show some understanding that people are suffering, and don't be such a d-nozzle.

February 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNick

Exactly why does EVERYONE have to have sympathy that some people are suffering Nick? That's like saying everyone should have praise when some people are doing well. This is a typical leftist at work again....always looking to tear DOWN success and those who have obtained the AMERICAN DREAM...and make them feel bad because otherse don't

How many times does it have to be said...America is about equal OPPORTUNITY and NOT equal RESULTS. What people choose to do with that opportunity is up to them, their successes AND failures should be owned by them....but you see...the Left wants you think that the failure of the lazy and non-productive class is not on them...it's on you and me..and we are supposed to pay even more so they can continue to make bad and irresponsible decisions - and the left wonders why the problem is never solved.

Go into an Inner City African American Home...what will you see? A new plasma TV, A Playstation 3 with countless games, 10 pairs of Air Jordans etc..etc...and 6 credit cards all with debt. And now these people can't make the mortgage payment on a home they never should have purchased.....here's a crazy idea...if you cant afford to BUY...try RENTING! And just because you are born in this country doesnt mean you are ENTITLED to a HOUSE.

And than you have idiots like Mitch on here.....explain Mitch what value does your very existence even add? You're in PR...you have to sleeze you way into to try and make stories relevant to a consumer base that could really care less. You support Obama simply "because" and have cannot speak to any specific policy mesaures, nor do you care to - because that would just expose how little you know and have even more little you have at stake in all of this.

We are handing this country over and apeasing the lazy, complacent and irresponsible behavior of a few (voting left populis) at the expense of many who have rightly earned their success. The left will site the greed of a few also as a way to bring down Capitalism - but what do they think doing nothing and expecting GOVT handouts is...that's greed my friends - always wanting and never giving.

Again Mitch will never make an intelligent retory to discuss any issue (just like his left friends) but in the end of the day I could care less - he'll remain a useless PR exec making low 6 figures at best by the time he's 40.

Nick do you know this Mitch tool? If so please remove the M from his name and replace it with a B.....would be more fitting

February 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterThe Truth

Hey Mitch...can you please have one of your PR editors do a proof read on my posts....lots of typos....I'll put them to work...Stimulus Baby...

February 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterThe Truth

maybe he should get the whole $12 million? his argument doesn't make sense. does the CEO keep all the profits? or 1/6 of them? is that even the right analogy? UConn would be nothing if they weren't in the Big East.
The reporter, who I read is really just a political activist who blogs, should get credit for making more news during the press conference than the beat reporters ever have.

February 26, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterwheels

Wheels...the media is support to REPORT the news...not CREATE the news.....but we both know that's not what happens.....which is why people hate reporters/lawyers....and Mitch

February 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterThe Truth

I'm just advocating that the guy not be a dick about his salary. There was a million ways to say that he thinks he earns a fair salary. He picked the wrong one.

February 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNick

Nick - maybe its just that people aren't used to a NON-POLITICIAN answer. The man has worked hard for it...he has a right to take offense to the STUPID question...end of story. Why is this even a story? Seriously Nick...slow news day? How much does your Ketchum CEO make...and do you have lay-offs going on? Do you think he really feels bad about what he makes? Let's get real people

February 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterThe Truth

i love obama. the truth makes me love him even more. given your lengthy posts of late, i am guessing u are our of work and have a lot of time on your hands no? if you are working, your employer should know how u are spending your time.

but if you are out of work, i dont mind my taxes and increasing debt to help u out my friend. it is in my nature

February 26, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermitch

Hahaha....Newsflash Mitch

Some Americans are the employer...and not the employee. Sorry I don't sit in a cubicle from 9-5, I employee to take care of the day to day.

The tax on your PR income couldn't even pay the insurance on one my cars - thanks for the offer.

You Love Obama? Typical idiot left, you are emotionally connected to a politician....that's gonna serve you well Mitch.

I'm emotionally connect to my family, not some stupid polotician who is never going to do anything for me...republican or democrat...I am conservative because less Gov't = more of my money stays where it should...with me. The spending from people like me and others like me are what keep this economy strong in the long run...not the Spending of Gov't who will only create new departments that do nothing, fund research that goes nowhere etc..etc...

Again Mitch...your a pimple with nothing really at stake. Keep thinking your tax dollars are spent for the greater good...that idealistic BS just proves who young and stupid you are.

I can afford to waste my time here or anywhere else...it's a great life trust me...I worked hard to put myself in this position....keep punching in on your PR job...you'll be doing it forever...aint no pension in that business, and you aren't gonig to be able to save enough for retirement, and if you think Social Security is going to be around you really are off your rocker. Gov't killed SS a long time ago - how - borrowing against it to spend on other projects and never paying it back...you're GOVT at work....the same GOVT that know how to stimulate the economy....

Face it...Obama got elected because he was black and NOT hillary....a white polotician with his experience and shady past doesn't even make the ballot or avoid the media scrutiny....but it's hands off Affirmative Action style because of his race. Love him all you want....I could care less about Obama as a person...it's his policies that suck and you have yet to give any specifics as to why you support his POLICIES....maybe if you got off your knees you could tell us?

February 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterThe Truth

hey truth, ranting at me or on this board isnt going to change things. i am sure you can win the battle of "i know more than you" but that doesnt change anything...just wasted typing...

we have an opening in our fantasy football league next year if u are interested.

long live obama...

February 26, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermitch

Hey Nick...why don't you put up Mitch's post on youtube....

Liberals in a Nutshell...


February 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterThe Truth

hey truth, the truth is, i dont know the truth with all of this. the truth is we had a republican in wh for eight years, and a republican congress for 6 of them, and i dont see how our country has moved forward, or even flatlined, in any meaningful way...the war was a mistake, the economy sucks, katrina response was horrid (imagine if Palm Springs was flooding, under water and people were dying - the response might have been different.

I am ready for a change, no matter what it is. I am glad our president is as smart as anyone around -- a nice change from bush. and i trust he and the team he surrounds himself with will do great things. i am sorry, that is just how i feel. a majjority of voting americans felt that was as well, so i suppose i am not alone - unless you feel that all 52 million americans that voted for him are stupid.

and, like it or not, i like to help other less fortunate than me. it is a trait that i am proud of. sorry if you are offended...

February 26, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermitch

1) War was a mistake - too soon to even begin to have this discussion and no one can accurately say one way or the other the opportunity cost if we hadn't gone to war. I also love have CONGRESS voted to go to war and later pins it all on Bush, Our Federal GOVT agreed to take military action, the left forgets this for political reasons. Obama can say he was against it...but he wasn't...the fact he is was ABSCENT during this vote....he didn't vote one way or the other.

2) Moving the country forward - This is typical left BS. If eveyone was concerned with themselves on a MICRO level than all of the MACRO problems in the world would be solved. Again Mitch please provide one example of a liberal MACRO social program that has actually worked....the ghettos are still the ghettos....lazy people are still lazy...rich people are still rich...all nets out to - you get what you work for in this life - should be nothing more nothing less. The irony of it, liberal social programs actually make the problem worse - they reinforce BAD BEHAVIOR - go into a bad loan, don't worry GOVT will bail you out, if you have 5 kids on welfare, dont worry have 6 or 7 and you will get even more money from Gov't. On and on

3) Katrina - This may be hard for you to understand, but State Gov'ts are responsible for Immediate Disaster Relief and for Warning their citizens - NOT the federal Gov't. This is just another example of trying to pin everything on Bush when the failure fell SOLELY on Naggen and the state Gov't. The Federal Gov't was FORCED to act because of the failures at the LOCAL LEVEL, but the Federal Gov't can't be in a readiness state "just in case" the State fails to act. Again, the left excusing responsibility and accountability. And you know what...if it happened in Palm Beach or the Upper East Side in Manhattan, you wouldn't see white people on the roofs of houses because they would actually COMPLY with the evacuation order. But poor blacks in New Orleans don't comply with ANY law and order for the most part - a lot stayed just for the opportunity to loot stuff. But this is again a PRIME example of what happens when you rely on GOVT to help you as opposed to HELPING YOURSELF. Those who helped themselves and weren't relying the gov't left weeks and days BEFORE the storm even hit.

This is a great analogy for those waiting around for the Obama stimulus plan to "kick in" and change their lives - they are just like those fools who have waited for the tide water to reach the roof of their house now desperately waiting for help. The intelligent ones have already made preperations for the storm that was coming. Financial preperations = having a savings plan and safety net at all times. NOT credit cards

And Mitch I'm glad you associate with the 52 millions Americans who voted for Obama. I'm sure even a GOOD number of those are suprised by how liberal his first month has been lacking of opptomism and clearly defined next steps.

I break down liberals into 3 categories

1) Young an Naive Students - they don't have the life experience to fully understand idealism and reality are two very different things. They also haven't acquired any assets yet that they want to protect and hand to the family when they are gone

2) The Ubber Rich who are in the spotlight. These are your celebs, poloticians, trust fund kids etc...they are so rich fiscally it doesnt matter to them what the GOVT does, they have to socially feel guilty about their wealth - so they make up for it by stating they are ultra liberal, for world peace, saving african villages etc....

3) The Lazy and complacement - this makes up the MAJORITY of liberals. This group does believe in a free lunch, they don't care about where their aid is coming from - as long as they get it for nothing. They despise those who have, they feel the system works against them, that the system should change - yet never them. Even when one of their own rises and wins the presidency...that's still not enough....they are not concerned with bettering their plight, but rather finding more people to take from. The poloticians keep dangling this carrot infront of this group because it means VOTES for them. Again, their lives will never change for the better, but the polotician doesn't care, all they care about is getting elected. Once that happens all bets are off, until election season - and the promises rise again, but the results never change. Because GOVT is not the solution - only you can better your life.

Even thought I doubt you have any real success Mitch, what got you to where you are in life...hard work...or GOVT aid? If you're parents just gave you an allowence your whole life and told you that you never had to worry about work...would you? You'll answer yes...but the majority of the lower class wouldn't. Problem is...they are growing and bringing the rest of us down with them through the cost of GOVT spending...state and federal....

February 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterThe Truth

my successes:

1. i have two beautiful children, one of whom is autistic, and we are so involved in his improvement, therapy, etc that he for now is in a "regular" 3rd grade class

2. i have lived with having multiple sclerosis for 20 years and, during that time while my condition worsens, i still do great work fo client and am proud of what i do. i work from home (for a big agency) because of my mobility issues, not because i am some sort of lazy person...and all the while, i provide a nice living for my family, my wife doesnt work and stays home with the kids, etc....

3. all the while, while i have certainly been dealt a unique hand in life, i still have care and compassion for others, even if it means money coming out of my pocket for them...something i am happy to do because it is who i am. you insane ranting wont do anything to change that.

4. my money is safe and secure. the whole idea of not being able to live for 4 months or whatever is just noinsense. you dont know me, but you attack as if you somehow live in my world. i really dont know what to say about your several comments here.

if you find value in wanting to vent further at me, i dont mind it, in fact i think it is kind of fun. but do so knowing that you know nothing and are nothing but a small pawn like the rest of america.

February 26, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermitch

Small pawn like the rest of America?

Mitch sorry I don't identify America as some chessboard and each of us playing a minor role to some greater outcome.

You have yet to give one reason why you love Obama so much.

The liberals are fundamentally taking away our civil liberties, or hard earned money, the very core of what this country was founded to protect - all in the name of what? So the failure class in this country can keep on going - do you really think any civilization can survive like that? Do teams win by making sure the worst player gets equal playing time?

It's pathetic.

Thanks for your sob story - I'm sure Obama has an earmark to take care of you and your family if you decide not to work.

February 27, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterThe Truth

thanks, truth...have a fantastic weekend

February 27, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermitch

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