July 25, 2000
Geneva, NY- Hobart and William Smith President Mark D. Gearan joined a distinguished assortment of experts recently for a discussion titled “Government from the Inside: Workshops for Journalists,” held in Washington, D.C. The discussion was sponsored by the Council for Excellence in Government, with a grant from The Pew Charitable Trusts, and more than 50 top-level reporters in attendance.
“Government from the Inside: Workshops for Journalists” was designed to give journalists a broader context for reporting on government and evaluating its performance. The program's advisory board includes some of the most respected reporters and editors in the country as well as a number of individuals who have served at high levels of government.
Workshop speakers included people with the authority to make the decisions in government, such as cabinet secretaries, members of Congress, as well as veteran journalists, opinion specialists, and thinktank and academic specialists.
Gearan, who has just completed his first year as president of HWS, is the former Director of the Peace Corps and served in several capacities at the White House, including Deputy Director of the Clinton Presidential Transition. He participated in the session titled “The Nuts and Bolts of Transitions” along with Stephen Hess of the Brookings Institution, E. Pendleton James, former assistant to President Reagan, and Alvin Felzenberg, of the Heritage Foundation.
Other participants in the program included David Broder of the Washington Post, Andrea Mitchell of NBC News, Theodore Sorensen, former special counsel to President Kennedy, and Marlin Fitzwater, former press secretary to Presidents Reagan and Bush. # # #