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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"

Every Day We Learn Something new

by Bernie Swain
“Every day, we learn something new.” It is a simple, unassuming bit of advice and one of hundreds of things we are told from time to time, but pay little attention to. And yet, it is the key to our wellbeing and fundamental to our quality of life. To my grandparents, it was second nature. When families gathered and friends met at the dinner table, the corner store or any time two or more of them got together, they told … Continue reading "Every Day We Learn Something new"

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Open Mind, Open Heart — Lessons for the new Administration of Donald J. Trump

by Bernie Swain
I interviewed historian Doris Kearns Goodwin for my book "What Made Me Who I Am". The turning points in her life are all about keeping an open mind and being willing to be proven wrong. It is a good and important lesson for the new administration of Donald J. Trump. Doris left home after high school to go to Colby College in Maine, and then on to graduate school at Harvard, where she studied government and history. She was interested … Continue reading "Open Mind, Open Heart — Lessons for the new Administration of Donald J. Trump"

How to Unleash Your Inner Entrepreneur

by Bernie Swain
After 15 years of working for other people, I quit my job—I finally realized I needed to do something on my own. I was frustrated and demoralized, my ideas were being marginalized and I wasn’t waking up in the morning looking forward to a new day. With my wife, Paula, and our business partner at my side, I started a lecture agency, with no experience or real plan. Before too long, other people were working for me. I wanted them … Continue reading "How to Unleash Your Inner Entrepreneur"