Scott Bittle is a senior fellow at Public Agenda, focusing on public issues analysis. Scott works with Public Agenda's highly regarded opinion research reports and PublicAgenda.org, which has been twice nominated for a prestigious Webby Award by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences.
An editor and reporter who has worked for both online and print publications, Mr. Bittle is involved in the production of citizen education guides and is lead author of "The Buck Stops Where?" series of public opinion reports on views on the national debt held by leaders, other influential citizens in and around D.C., and the general public; A Place To Call Home: What Immigrants Say Now About America; the Energy Learning Curve survey; and the Confidence in U.S. Foreign Policy Index. He is a co-author of the Citizen's Survival Kit and for the 2006 elections, was an exit poll analyst for NBC News. He was also the Web director for Planet Forward, an innovative PBS project to bring citizen voices to the energy debate.
Bittle is co-author, with executive vice president Jean Johnson, of two books: "Who Turned Out the Lights? Your Guided Tour to the Energy Crisis," published in October 2009; and "Where Does the Money Go? Your Guided Tour to the Federal Budget Crisis," published in 2008, which is to be followed by an updated version in early 2011.
He is also author or co-author of five papers on ways to use the web and other digital tools for engaging the public in dialogue and deliberation, all published by the Center for Advances in Public Engagement (CAPE).
Prior to joining Public Agenda, Mr. Bittle was editorial development manager/Internet for Reed Travel Group, a division of Reed Elsevier. As such, he oversaw and produced content for several Web projects. Prior to his involvement with online services, Mr. Bittle worked for eight years as a reporter, copy editor, bureau chief, and political coordinator for the daily newspaper The Press of Atlantic City. He twice won the Golden Quill Award for feature articles and was honored by the Philadelphia Press Association for daily newspaper writing.
Mr. Bittle holds a Bachelor of Arts in communications and journalism from Rowan University of New Jersey.