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David Westin's Exit Interview

The School of Media and Public Affairs

Thursday, October 4, 2012 from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EDT)

David Westin's Exit Interview

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Exit Interview: An Insider's View of ABC News
SMPA Welcomes Former ABC News President David Westin

After 14 event-filled years leading a major news operation, David Westin has released Exit Interview, a new book describing what it was like to manage ABC News during major news events like President Clinton's impeachment, the 2000 election, the 9/11 attacks, wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and the economic crisis of 2008.

SMPA director Frank Sesno will host him in a wide-ranging discussion and Q and A that will cover how the TV networks are adapting to the many changes in media and Westin's views
for the future of the news industry.


Thursday, October 4, 2012

7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Room B07 (Lower Level)

GW School of Media and Public Affairs
Media and Public Affairs Building

805 21st Street, NW (Corner of H and 21st)
Washington D.C. 20052


This event is free and open to the public. Seating will be available on a first-to-arrive, first-to-be-seated basis, so please arrive early. Doors open at 6:30pm. Tweet this event at #westinsmpa


David Westin


David Westin currently serves as an Advisor to NewsRight, where he previously was President & CEO.  NewsRight’s mission is to provide an easy, legal way for Internet providers to gain access to the quality on-line reporting of hundreds of news organizations. Since joining NewsRight in May of 2011, Westin helped enlist 29 news company investors, including the Associated Press, the New York Times, the Washington Post, Hearst, and Germany’s Axel Springer and oversaw the spin-off of the new company from the Associated Press three months later.

From 1997 through the end of 2010, Westin was President of ABC News.  During that time, he oversaw coverage of President Clinton’s impeachment, the 2000 election, the 9/11 attacks, wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and the economic crisis of 2008.  At the same time, the television news industry was undergoing fundamental change, with the advent of Fox News and MSNBC and the explosive growth of the Internet.  Under his direction, ABC News launched its website, ABCNews.com; started the first live, streaming 24-hour news service, ABC News Now; and transformed the ways that it collected, produced, and reported the news through extensive use of digital technology.  During Westin’s tenure, ABC News earned 11 George Foster Peabody Awards, 13 Alfred I. DuPont Awards, four George Polk Awards, more than 40 News & Documentary Emmys, and more than 40 Edward R. Murrow Awards.

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The Media and Public Affairs Building
805 21st St NW
Washington, DC

Thursday, October 4, 2012 from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EDT)

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The School of Media and Public Affairs

The School of Media and Public Affairs is an established thought leader for teaching and research in the areas of political communication, journalism, global communication and documentary filmmaking. We have pioneered two of those fields, offering Journalism classes since 1938 and establishing the world’s first Political Communication major in 1982.  Our classes are taught by full-time professors and successful adjunct professionals with recognized reputations in their field and a dedication to publishing with and mentoring our student body.

The only communication school in the center of the world’s politics and media capital, the School of Media and Public Affairs brings Washington D.C. into our classrooms and our students out into the city. 

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