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National Archives Hosts 10th Annual McGowan Forum on Communications: White House Press Secretaries
Press Release · Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Washington, DC

Registration now open for November 13 event

Media Contacts

On Thursday, November 13, at 7 PM, the National Archives hosts the 10th Annual McGowan Forum on Communications: White House Press Secretaries. This event will spotlight former White House press secretaries who will share behind-the-scenes stories, discuss changes over the years, and discuss what it is like to be in the spotlight as the President’s spokesperson. This event is free and open to the public and will be held in the William G. McGowan Theater of the National Archives Building in Washington, DC. Attendees should use the Special Events entrance on Constitution Avenue at 7th Street, NW. It will be webcast live via the Archives’ YouTube channel [https://www.youtube.com/user/usnationalarchives].

For more than 85 years, since Hoover’s administration, official White House press secretaries have been communicating the American Presidency. Moderated by NPR’s Michel Martin, panelists will include Ron Nessen (Ford), Marlin Fitzwater (Reagan, Bush), Mike McCurry (Clinton), and Robert Gibbs (Obama). This program is made possible through the generous support of the William G. McGowan Charitable Fund, Inc. and the Foundation for the National Archives.

The evening will also honor the late Sue Gin-McGowan, a long-time supporter of the Archives and a former Board Member of the Foundation for the National Archives, the Archives’ non-profit partner.

This public program is free to the public, but reservations are recommended and can be made online. For those without reservations, 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.

The National Archives Building in Washington, DC, is Metro accessible on the Yellow and Green lines, Archives/Navy Memorial station. To verify the date and times of the program, call the National Archives Public Programs Line at: 202-357-5000, or view the Calendar of Events online.

Related online resources

White House Transition Interviews with Presidential Press Secretaries

The National Archives Office of Presidential Libraries worked with the White House Transition Project to record interviews with former White House personnel, including many press office staffers:

See Prologue magazine’s article:  “Standing In for the President

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