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George Will – “That’s what I call progress.”

by Bernie Swain
The Wall Street Journal once called him "perhaps the most powerful journalist in America." George Will is a Pulitzer-Prize winning political commentator that has had long running syndicated articles in a myriad of publications. Here he reflects on his father and his 40-year career. I believe that the family is the primary transmitter of social capital, and I had the inestimable good fortune to be raised by parents who discussed, argued, and read voraciously, providing me with a childhood in … Continue reading "George Will – “That’s what I call progress.”"

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Sam Donaldson – Knowing Your Worth In Life

by Bernie Swain
I was born in El Paso, Texas, in 1934 and grew up on our family farm in New Mexico. My father, also Sam Donaldson, had bought the farm in 1910, two years before New Mexico became a state. My mother, Chloe Hampson Donaldson, was a schoolteacher. I went to the New Mexico Military Institute and then to Texas Western College in El Paso. I’ve always been fascinated by broadcasting. My mother bought a radio after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor … Continue reading "Sam Donaldson – Knowing Your Worth In Life"

George Stephanopoulos – Greek Heritage and Its Influence

by Bernie Swain
George Stephanopoulos is a journalist and former political advisor. He can currently be seen on ABC news as the chief political correspondent, and Good Morning America.  My Greek Heritage and Its Influence The Greek Orthodox Church is central to who I am. My father, Robert, was a priest, as were my grandfather, uncle, and godfather, and my mother, Nickolitsa (Nikki), worked for many years as the church’s national director of communications. In many ways, my family’s story is the classic … Continue reading "George Stephanopoulos – Greek Heritage and Its Influence"

Mike McCurry: Using Humor and Honesty to Defuse Tension

by Bernie Swain
Mike McCurry, press secretary during the tumultuous Clinton years, shares how humor is a humanizing and unifying force, capable of defusing tension and rebooting a discussion. I was born in Charleston, South Carolina. My Dad, William “Joe” McCurry was a country boy, but was also the first in his family to go to college. My Mom, Rosemary, grew up on a farm south of Indianapolis, in the little town of Franklin, Indiana. Faith was important in our family. We were … Continue reading "Mike McCurry: Using Humor and Honesty to Defuse Tension"

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Honest, tough, unbiased journalism is essential to a healthy democracy

by Bernie Swain
As the White House correspondent for ABC News, Sam Donaldson has had a front row seat to major events of the modern era, from Vietnam and Watergate to Bill Clinton’s Lewinsky scandal and Impeachment hearings. Throughout it all, he held on to  to a lesson learned sitting in front of the family radio, listening to the news reports of World War II: Honest, tough, unbiased journalism is essential to a healthy democracy. I’ve always been fascinated by broadcasting. My mother … Continue reading "Honest, tough, unbiased journalism is essential to a healthy democracy"