Graduating seniors at Hobart and William Smith heard from the former White House press secretary at ceremonies on May 15
(April 8, 2005) GENEVA, N.Y.—Contributing editor, television script writer and political commentator are only three of the many hats former White House press secretary Dee Dee Myers currently wears. On Sunday, May 15, Myers donned a slightly different cap as she offered the Commencement address to the Hobart and William Smith Colleges Classes of 2005.
Most well known as being the youngest and first female press secretary for former President Bill Clinton in the early 1990s, Myers is well respected for her sharp political instincts, sense of humor and ability to explain complex subjects in straightforward language. Her speeches are known for their eloquent clarity and humor.
“Dee Dee Myers serves as an inspiration to our graduating students,” says Colleges’ President Mark D. Gearan of his former White House colleague. “Dee Dee Myers became involved in the issues of our time at a very young age, serving as the first female press secretary in the White House. She reflected on these experiences on this important day in their lives.”
Gearan also noted Myers’ commitment to higher education as displayed through her service as the vice chair for the California State University Board of Trustees.
Hobart and William Smith Colleges Political Science Professor Joe DiGangi also believes that Myers was an excellent pick. “I think Dee Dee Myers will be a delightful speaker. She is candid, lively, smart – all of those traits will make her a dynamic speaker. She will offer great insight into politics and her time as press secretary,” says DiGangi, who before Myers address. Myers also spoke as a guest of the President’s Forum Series in March 2004.
Currently, Myers owns and operates Dee Dee Myers & Associates, is a political analyst for NBC News, acting as a consultant for the hit NBC drama “The West Wing” and is a frequent guest on NBC’s “Today Show.” A political analyst and commentator, she is a contributing editor with Vanity Fair magazine and has written articles for Time magazine, The New York Times, the Washington Post and the Los Angeles Times.
Prior to her experience in the White House, Myers worked on several local, state and national political campaigns, including the presidential campaigns of Gov. Michael Dukakis and Vice President Walter Mondale. She served as press secretary during Dianne Feinstein’s 1990 gubernatorial bid in California. Myers also co-hosted the CNBC political talk show “Equal Time” in the mid-1990s.
In addition to her political work, Myers has publicly displayed her ability to have fun, playing herself in the 1997 thriller “Contact” and appearing as a guest on both “Jeopardy” and “Hollywood Squares.”
Originally from Providence, R.I., Myers currently resides in Washington, D.C. with her husband, New York Times correspondent Todd Purdum, and their two children, Kate and Stephen.
A high-resolution photo of Myers is available at http://campus.hws.edu/new/releases/hires/dd_hres.jpg.