Apprentice Street Smart Candidate a College Graduate ?
A tip of the hat to STEVE KORNACKI of PoliticsNJ.com for his investigative reporting
that broke this story.
Donald Trump's reality show "The Apprentice
- Season 3" broadcast on NBC has a neew twist this season. The premise of
this season's show was "Book Smarts" (College Graduates) versus "Street
Smarts" (High School Graduates).
With the show underway, New Jersey
native Tara Dowdell was shown competing alongside eight other high school graduates
on a team dubbed Street Smarts. Prior to joining the cast of "The Apprentice",
Dowdell was employed as Director of Appointments in the Office of the New Jersey
Governor. She received the position after working on former N.J. Governor Jim
McGreevey's initial election campaign.
to Dowdell's biography posted on NBC's website, "This young woman has made
her mark in government not with any fancy degrees, but with determination and
only problem is Dowdell is a 1998 graduate of the University of Virginia. According
to Dowdells self-submitted profile in the 2002 edition of Fitzgeralds
Legislative Manual, she spent her undergraduate years in Charlottesville, Va.
majoring in government, with a concentration in minority group politics.
contestants of "The Apprentice" are asked to complete a questionnaire.
The application form requests the candidates to list their level of education.
Sources close to the situation said that Dowdell told Mark Burnett Productions,
which produces the show, that she had not received her degree.
speculation that Dowdell may have completed all of the necessary coursework to
earn her college degree but did not officially graduate or receive a degree because
of a financial dispute with the University of Virginia.
With the thousands
of applicants vying to participate on "The Apprentice", was it really
necessary for the show to classify Dowdell as a "Street Smart" ? While
it may be legal based on a technicality, whatever happened to the ethics that
Donald Trump often refers to while in the boardroom of the show ? It's clear that
corporate conflicts creates drama that translates into television ratings.
2005 Nelson Chin.
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