National Press Club

Eisenhower's relationship to the media subject of Thursday panel of noted journalists and historians

October 8, 2012 | By John Shlaes |

Thursday at 6:30 p.m., in the spirit of the election season and in honor of the 60th anniversary of Dwight Eisenhower's presidential election, the National Press Club will host a distinguished panel of journalists and historians titled "Eisenhower in the Media." The event, free to members and $10 for the public, will be in the Holeman Lounge.

Eisenhower’s desire to communicate his views and policies directly to the public governed many of the media initiatives that were a legacy of his administration and are still in use today.

Eisenhower, the only president to win an Emmy, held the first televised news conference, held almost weekly press conferences and utilized other new techniques to communicate his message and policies. In January 1959 Eisenhower heralded the Club's Golden Jubilee with an appearance.

With a welcome provided by Eisenhower's fellow Kansan and former NPC President Mark Hamrick, the discussion will be moderated by James Thurber, American University distinguished professor, and Director of the Center for Congressional & Presidential Studies. Panelists for the discussion will include Evan Thomas, journalist and author of the recent publication, "Ike's Bluff: President Eisenhower's Secret Battle to Save the World;" James Newton, veteran journalist and author of "Eisenhower: The White House Years;" and Michael Birkner, historian and Eisenhower scholar at Gettysburg College.

The event is open to the public. For more information about the conference, its panelists, location and tickets please visit the Club's website. Club members should use the promo code NPCMedia. Tickets will also be available at the door.