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McGowan Forum on Communications: White House Press Secretaries
  • Date: Thursday, November 13, 2014
  • Time: 7:00 pm
  • Location: William G. McGowan Theater, Washington, DC

Since President Herbert Hoover’s administration, White House press secretaries have been communicating both the public and private sides of the American presidency.  For the 10th annual McGowan Forum on Communications, four former White House press secretaries will share behind-the-scenes stories, discuss the evolution of the position, and highlight the trials and triumphs of serving as the president’s spokesperson.

Moderated by NPR’s Michel Martin, panelists will include Ron Nessen (Ford administration, 1974-1977); Marlin Fitzwater (Reagan and Bush administrations, 1987-1992); Mike McCurry (Clinton administration, 1994-1998); and Robert Gibbs (Obama administration, 2009-2011).


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All public programs at the National Archives are free and streamed live online via the National Archives’ YouTube channel. Reservations are recommended; seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. The doors to the building will open 45 minutes prior to the start of the program. Use the Special Events entrance on the corner of Constitution Avenue and 7th Street, NW.Live captioning will be available online and in the William G. McGowan Theater. If you require an alternative or additional accommodation for an event (such as a downloadable transcript or a sign language interpreter), please send an email to public.program@nara.gov or call 202-357-5000 in advance.