Robert Weiner '74: "Media Handling of High Profile Issues"
Robert Weiner '74G, a member of the public affairs senior staff in the
Clinton White House, former communications director for the House
Government Operations Committee and the House Narcotics Committee, and
former Chief of Staff of the House Aging Committee, will use his wide
government experience to critique “Media Handling of High Profile National
Issues,” in the College of Humanities and Fine Arts Dean’s Seminar Series
Weiner, now president of a Washington, DC public affairs think tank, has directed the pressroom for the last five Democratic National Conventions, including 2004 convention in Boston. Since leaving the White House in August 2001, he has authored over 30 op-ed columns in major newspapers and is a regular weekly commentator for Radio America. He has appeared on Bill Maher, Crossfire, Today, Good Morning America, and network evening news programs, and is often quoted in papers across the country. Weiner’s background goes from Watergate, where he headed up the Democratic National Committee’s youth voter registration in 1972 during the Watergate break-in period, to Whitewater, where he was forced to testify before the Ken Starr Grand Jury about his and his wife's personal home phone calls; afterward Weiner asserted that Starr’s harassment was, “Big brother at its worst." The New York Times credited Weiner for being the first Starr Grand Jury witness to openly criticize the prosecutor’s overreaching.
Weiner, who received a master's degree in history from UMass Amherst in 1974, will also address two classes on November 16 and 17.
Sponsored by the College of Humanities and Fine Arts
Wednesday, November 16
Campus Center - 904-08
UMass Amherst Campus