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Wheeling native Chris Stirewalt to speak at summit

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At least one of the speakers scheduled for the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce 2013 Annual Meeting and Business Summit has extensive experience being on the other side of the podium.

Fox News Channel's Digital Politics Editor Chris Stirewalt is scheduled to give a special presentation Aug. 28, and he said appearing at the event in this way is a privilege.

"This gathering is always the high point of the year for the business community in West Virginia, and as I remember well from my years covering it, always a moment when news is made — new ideas, big announcements," he said. "It makes me proud to be a part of that."

Stirewalt, a Wheeling native, joined Fox New Channel in July 2010, but he began his career at his hometown newspaper. He served as political editor for the Charleston Daily Mail as well as West Virginia Media, the parent company of The State Journal. Stirewalt, a graduate of Hampden-Sydney College in Hampden-Sydney, Va., also was political editor for The Washington Examiner, where he wrote a twice-weekly column and led the newspaper's political coverage.

He serves as the daily host of "Power Play" on FoxNews.com and makes daily appearances on the network, including "America Live with Megyn Kelly," "Special Report with Bret Baier" and "Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace."

Stirewalt most recently provided expert political analysis during the 2012 presidential election.

Stirewalt said West Virginia's story in the 2014 midterm elections is "very representative of what's happening in the rest of the country."

"With one of the most-watched Senate races and tough battles in two congressional districts, it's easy to see why so many in Washington are paying attention to the Mountain State," Stirewalt said. "I'll be forecasting the midterms and talking about the battles here in Washington over debt, taxes and spending and how that will shape those races."

Stirewalt said the most important topic for this year's summit is the same topic every year.

"How to get West Virginia growing, and how to create an opportunity society in the state I love," he said. "That's always something worth talking about."

And he plans to stay at the Summit beyond his presentation.

"Of course. Sen. (Joe) Manchin might even make a little news," he joked.