The National Press Club is hosting a conference on October 11, 2012 that will focus on Dwight David Eisenhower contributions to establishing long-lasting and effective ways to reach the American public through the media. Many of the programs he initiated, and methods he employed have been utilized by Presidents and other leaders who have followed him . Participating in the discussion will be noted journalists and historians Evan Thomas and Jim Newton, both authors of books on Mr. Eisenhower. Other outstanding experts on this period in history be participating and add their commentary to the discussion.
History demonstrates that Eisenhower, as a military leader and as President, recognized the importance of initiating and maintaining a “dialogue” with the media, and in particular, the US public. His initiation of the first public television broadcasts, his almost weekly press conferences, and his efforts to find new and creative ways to reach the public including appearances at the National Press Club, became a standard for Presidents and national public leaders who followed him.
Evan Thomas is a journalist and the bestselling author of six books. His most recent work is a biography on Dwight David Eisenhower, "Ike's Bluff: President Eisenhower's Secret Battle to Save the World" which is being released early in mid-September. Mr. Thomas is recognized for his work as a columnist and as assistant managing editor of Newsweek Magazine, and is a frequent television commentator and panelist. Previously he worked for Time magazine. A graduate of Harvard University and Virginia Law School, Mr. Thomas teaches at Princeton University.
Jim Newton is a recognized author, and veteran journalist, and currently serves as member of the editorial board and editor-at-large of the Los Angeles Times. Most recently author of the well received book, "Eisenhower: The White House Years, " Mr. Newton's previously published “Justice for All: Earl Warren and the Nation He Made,” a biography of the former chief justice and California governor. Newton is a Senior Fellow with the UCLA's School of Public Affairs. He formerly served as a John Jacobs Fellow at U.C. Berkeley's Institute of Governmental Studies, and is a graduate of Dartmouth College.
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