Exit Interview by David Westin

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It would have been nice to read a little bit more of what Westin did on a day-to-day basis.
-The Big Story

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When David Westin became president of ABC News in March 1997, the division was treading water. “It looked like all the really important news was behind us,” he writes. Hardly. For the next thirteen years, Westin would preside over ABC News during some of the most important and perplexing events in its history:

 

• President Clinton’s impeachment

• The tied 2000 presidential election

• The 9/11 attacks

• Conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan

• The swift boat smear campaign against Senator John Kerry

 

Exit Interview is a behind-the-scenes look at Westin’s tenure and the major news that marked it. He takes us inside the chaos of the newsroom—alongside major players such as Peter Jennings, Barbara Walters, Diane Sawyer, and Bob Woodruff—where what looks clear and certain from the outside is often mired in conflict and urgency. Neither an apologia nor a critique, the book charts the ups and downs of fourteen formative years in network news, addressing basic questions about how our news is reported, from the point of view of someone who was there. With milestones from the recent past, Westin explores the uncertainty inherent in his job, and its central question: Is it possible for journalists to be both good at their jobs and people of good moral character?

 

About David Westin

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David Westin was president of ABC News from March 6, 1997, to December 3, 2010. He lives in Bronxville, New York.
 
Published May 22, 2012 by Sarah Crichton Books. 253 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Business & Economics, Humor & Entertainment, Education & Reference. Non-fiction
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Kirkus

Excellent
Apr 15 2012

Should interest more than just news or politics junkies.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
Mar 26 2012

Like any good journalist, Westin delivers his feature story with finesse, urgency, and a suggestion of larger themes.

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Wall Street Journal

Excellent
Reviewed by J. Robins on May 22 2012

This is not a memoir written to settle scores or dish about the outsize egos and paychecks that defined the network-news culture.

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The Big Story

Below average
Reviewed by Jessica Gresko on Jun 25 2012

It would have been nice to read a little bit more of what Westin did on a day-to-day basis.

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