Nationally syndicated broadcast journalist Hugh Hewitt mentioned his college roommate President Mark D. Gearan on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” Thursday, Jan. 2, during a discussion about Hewitt’s new book, “The Happiest Life,” in which he details the core characteristics he’s observed that make people content.
Hewitt, who is a lawyer and law professor with a syndicated radio show heard in more than 120 cities across the United States, says his latest book features accounts from people he’s interviewed and worked with over the years, and how those individuals display certain characteristics that build toward happiness. The segment on “Morning Joe” was hosted Mika Brzezinski along with Harold Ford Jr. and Steve Rattner.
In light of the political focus of the television show, Ford asked Hewitt how politicians at every level may take from the lessons detailed in “The Happiest Life” in order to make Washington more functional. Hewitt noted Gearan along with mention of author and journalist Jonathan Alter as those who exemplify core characteristics in “The Happiest Life.”
“My closest friend in the world is a guy named Mark Gearan,” said Hewitt, who was Gearan’s roommate at Harvard College. “You guys may know him – he used to be President Clinton’s deputy chief of staff. He’s wrong about everything, but he’s still my closest friend.”
Hewitt, who is a conservative, raised the point about how the characteristics noted in his book can be shared beliefs by many, no matter one’s political leanings.
The full segment can be viewed on the “Morning Joe” website.
Hewitt was one of the first invited guest speakers of the President’s Forum Series at HWS. Established by Gearan in winter 2000, the forum has brought numerous distinguished public figures and noted scholars to the Colleges since its launch. In November 2005, Hewitt also was a guest of the President’s Radio Series. The series, which featured prominent call-in guests was broadcast from 2005 to 2007 on the Colleges’ radio station and NPR affiliate WEOS-FM.
Aside from his radio show, Hewitt also has been teaching Constitutional Law at Chapman University Law School since it opened in 1995. Hewitt has been a frequent guest on CNN, MSNBC and Fox News Network, and has written for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and the Los Angeles Times. He received three Emmys for his work as co-host of the groundbreaking Life & Times program, a nightly news and public affairs program that aired on the Los Angeles PBS affiliate, KCET, from 1992 until 2007. He also conceived and hosted the 1996 PBS series, Searching for God in America. He is the author of a dozen books, including two New York Times best-sellers.
Hewitt’s radio show has an audience estimated at more than two million listeners every week. Since its debut in July of 2000, Hewitt has conducted groundbreaking interviews with government officials from both parties and widely respected analysts, authors and pundits. In a 2006 profile of Hewitt for The New Yorker, the dean of the Columbia University School of Journalism told his readers that Hewitt was “the most influential conservative you have never heard of.”
Hewitt writes daily for his blog, HughHewitt.com, which is among the most visited political blogs in the U.S. He is also a weekly columnist for The Washington Examiner and Townhall.com.
Hewitt served for nearly six years in the Reagan Administration in a variety of posts, including Assistant Counsel in the White House and Special Assistant to two Attorneys General. Since returning to California in 1989 to oversee the construction of the Nixon Library in Yorba Linda, Hewitt has served as a member of the California Arts Council, the South Coast Air Quality Management District, and the Orange County Children and Families Commission. He and his wife live in Orange County.
Gearan is chair of the Talloires Network Steering Committee, an international association of more than 200 institutions on six continents committed to strengthening the civic roles and social responsibilities of higher education. He is also the co-chair of the National Advisory Board on Public Service at Harvard College and serves on the Presidential Advisory Group for the NCAA. He is a board member of the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities and a former Board member of The Partnership for Public Service.
Gearan served as Director of the Peace Corps and was Assistant to the President, Director of Communications and Deputy Chief of Staff in the White House. Gearan is a former member of the White House Council for Community Solutions, a group of cross-sector leaders appointed by President Barack Obama to recommend collaborative solutions to increase civic engagement. Locally, he serves on the advisory councils of the Happiness House Foundation, Ontario ARC and the Geneva Community Center.