Making the News, Taking the News by Ron Nessen
From NBC to the Ford White House

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For fifteen years, Ron Nessen enjoyed an extraordinary career covering the major national events of the 1960s and ’70s for NBC News, and later serving as White House press secretary to President Gerald R. Ford. Making the News, Taking the News remembers the events and personalities that dominated national politics during Nessen’s career, bringing a hard-won perspective to those tumultuous times. Through an interweaving of countless incidents and personal anecdotes, Nessen builds a story that captures the true grit of closed-door politics. Off-the-record briefings and strategy sessions, as well as descriptions of experiences with Vietnam troops in the field, provide a vivid illustration of the life of an on-the-road reporter. At the heart of the book is Nessen’s White House years, as the veteran reporter gives a valuable eyewitness account of events both behind the scenes and in front of the cameras that shaped and altered America during two critical decades.

About Ron Nessen

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RON NESSEN is the journalist-in-residence at the Brookings Institution. He lives in Bethesda, Maryland.
Published September 15, 2011 by Wesleyan. 276 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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From 1974 to 1977, Ron Nessen, a former NBC newsman, served as White House press secretary to President Ford, who had taken office at a time of great turmoil and uncertainty both at home and abroad.

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