Bay News 9 welcomes two new political analysts

ST. PETERSBURG, FL— Two distinguished political figures are joining Bay News 9 as analysts. Christopher (Chris) Ingram and Betty Castor will provide their political insight and analysis for election night coverage and general political coverage of local, state, and national issues throughout the year.


Bay News 9 welcomes two new political analysts
Chris Ingram and Betty Castor join Bay News 9

ST. PETERSBURG, FL— Two distinguished political figures are joining Bay News 9 as analysts.  Christopher (Chris) Ingram and Betty Castor will provide their political insight and analysis for election night coverage and general political coverage of local, state, and national issues throughout the year.

Ingram is the former chief of staff to United States Rep. Max Burns (R-GA) and Washington, D.C. press secretary to the late U.S. Senator Paul Coverdell (R-GA).  Ingram also served on the staff of U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston (R-GA).  Currently, he serves as president and founder of 411 Communications, a boutique project management, public relations, and media communications firm. 

Ingram has worked for clients including the Republican National Committee, the National Rifle Association and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani.  He also served as Republican State Committeeman and Delegate to the 1996 Republican National Convention.  In 1994, at the age of 23, Ingram was the youngest county party chairman to be elected in Georgia GOP history.   

Ingram also served as a trainer or guest lecturer for the Republican National Committee, the Leadership Institute, the Close-up Foundation, the National League of Cities, the American Council of Young Political Leaders, the International Republican Institute, and the U.S. Department of State for whom he trained Branco Crvenkovski, President of Macedonia, and members of Parliament from Sudan and Kenya.

Castor is a former President of the University of South Florida.  She served as Commissioner of Education and President and CEO of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. 

Castor was the first woman ever elected to the Hillsborough County Commission in 1972.  She ran successfully for the Florida Senate in 1976, becoming the fourth female elected to that chamber where she served three terms. 

In 1986, Castor became the Commissioner of Education and the first woman elected to the Florida Cabinet.  During her tenure she emphasized accountability and helped to establish the first preschool early childhood programs. 

Castor was appointed by the Board of Regents as President of the University of South Florida in 1993 and later joined the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards to serve as President.  She returned to USF in 2006 to serve as Executive Director of the Patel Center for Global Solutions, an endowed center.

Castor has been honored with numerous awards including the 2008 Florida Education Association Lifetime Educator Award, the 2009 League of Women Voters Lifetime Achievement honor and the 2009 Audubon of Florida Women in Conservation Award.  Castor is also a 1996 inductee of the Florida Women’s Hall of Fame.

Castor currently serves as a board member of the Northstar Bank of Tampa, the Hillsborough County Education Foundation, the Collins Center for Public Policy and the Tampa Bay Area Committee on Foreign Relations.

Castor and Ingram will contribute to regular political news reports, will be an integral part of  Bay News 9’s primary and general election night coverage, and will occasionally appear on the channel’s political talk show, Political Connections.

Political Connections is an award-winning half-hour long program providing viewers the latest news in local and state politics as well as the top headlines from Washington D.C.  Ruechel and Smith also go in-depth with the week’s top newsmakers to discuss current issues and ask questions.  It airs Sundays at 11a.m. and repeats at 8p.m.    

*** Click here to view a video preview of the show.

About Bright House Networks

Bright House Networks is the ninth largest multichannel video programmer distributor (MVPD) in the US with 2.4 million customers in several large cities including Tampa Bay and Orlando, Florida; Bakersfield, California; Indianapolis, Indiana; Detroit, Michigan; and Birmingham, Alabama; along with several other smaller regions in Alabama and the Florida Panhandle. The Florida markets are adjacent and form one of the country’s largest cable clusters. 

Bright House Networks owns and operates four 24-hour local news operations; Bay News 9 ( and Bay news 9 en español serving the Tampa Bay area and Central Florida News 13 ( and News 13 en español serving the Orlando area.  In addition, Bright House Sports Network ( provides local sports coverage across Tampa Bay and Orlando. 

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28 thoughts on “Bay News 9 welcomes two new political analysts”

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  2. Great News!

    Chris Ingram is a terrific professional and a Great Guy as well!!
    You’re lucky to have him on board News 9!

    Jon-Christopher Bua

    White House Commentator
    US Political Analyst


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  5. Chris,

    What a pleasant surprise to see a truly decent fellow have something positive come his way.

    I cannot think of a more deserving person to be in the seat to share political insights – I pray this is the beginning of something much bigger.

    America is beset with talking heads that are typically uninformed and biased – stay true to your principles and leave the rest to God.


    Chap Jack


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  7. This looks like and smells like a political ploy. I think Betty is too close to this election. Her presense will be a constant reminder of Kathy’s re-election endevour. If this is continued, then who ever is Kathy’s contender should get equal time from a supporter of theirs. This isn’t republican vs democrat — This is a bloodline and smacks of potentially illegal political dealing by Bright House given some of the legislation pending to control cable.


  8. I cannot believe that a network of this caliber would hire a lightning rod like Chris Ingram. He has low standards of jornalism and will have the channel in trouble in no time. I hope that the station will caution him about distorting the truth and telling half of the story. This is dangerous ground and the station should be very careful.


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