Catherine Crier

An Emmy, duPont-Columbia, and Gracie Allen Award-winning journalist, Catherine Crier joined Court TV’s distinguished team of anchors in 1999. She served as Executive Editor, Legal News Specials, in addition to hosting Catherine Crier Live, a fast-paced daily series, covering the day’s “front-page” stories. Crier, a Texas-bred independent with a spirited passion for justice, released her first book, the 2002 New York Times Bestseller, The Case Against Lawyers , an eye-opening and plain-spoken treatise on the law. Prior to her accomplished career in television journalism, Crier presided over the 162nd District Court in Dallas County, TX, as a State District Judge. When she took the bench in 1984, she became the youngest elected state judge in Texas history.

Crier currently manages her production company, Crier Communications, developing television, film and documentary projects. She is involved with many organizations and serves on several boards, including Soldiers For The Truth, dedicated to objective military reporting and assistance to America’s troops; PAX, an organization working to reduce gun violence in America that targets the nation’s children; The NY Law School Committee on Media; and Law and Developments in Literacy, working to expand education for girls in the nation of Pakistan.

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You Make a Difference
Empowering the individual in a society that often discourages leadership, creativity and assertiveness.

The Supreme Court and You
A controversial yet enlightening discussion of the Supreme Court, its power and influence, and the role of politics within the nation’s third branch of government, this presentation will reveal the backstage maneuvering, the political strategizing and the extraordinary influence these nine justices have over our every day lives.

Behind the Bench: Big Trials of the 21st Century
Basing her remarks on the many dramatic cases she has covered Catherine Crier will take you behind the scenes in the country’s “big trials” including those of Scott Peterson, Michael Jackson, Robert Blake, Phil Spector, Michael Skakel, David Westerfield and Winona Ryder.

The World is Watching
In this presentation, Catherine Crier examines the extraordinary changes the U.S. has undergone in recent years, and the important role of television and the media in initiating and sustaining these events.

Government and Politics in the 21st Century
As the world changes and border lines blur between countries’ economies and populations, who really governs in the emerging global society? Catherine Crier evaluates the status and future of citizenship and democracy in the new millennium.

Examining Current Events
Catherine Crier takes a timely look at the domestic and international scene within historical context and political analysis to better understand this moment in history and where the future may lead.

Full Biography

An Emmy and DuPont-Columbia Award-winning journalist, and the youngest state judge to ever be elected in Texas, Catherine Crier is now a managing partner in Cajole Entertainment developing television, film and documentary projects.

Crier, a native of Dallas, earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and international affairs from the University of Texas and received a Juris Doctor in two and a half years from Southern Methodist University School of Law. She began her career in law in 1978 as an Assistant District Attorney then Felony Chief Prosecutor for the Dallas County District Attorney’s office. From 1982 to 1984, Crier was a civil litigation attorney with Riddle & Brown, handling complex business and corporate matters. In 1984, she was elected to the 162nd District Court in Dallas County, Texas as a State District Judge. During her tenure on the bench, Crier also served as Administrative Judge for the Civil District Courts and worked extensively with the ABA, National Judicial College, and Texas Legislature on legal issues. Shortly after her reelection (unopposed) to a second term on the bench, a chance meeting with a television news executive led to a dramatic career change.

In September, 1989, Crier was hired to co-anchor the premiere evening newscast on CNN. Additionally, she co-anchored Inside Politics, all election coverage, and hosted Crier & Company, a talk show covering news, politics and international issues.

Crier joined ABC News in 1993, where she served as a correspondent and as a regular substitute anchor for Peter Jennings on ABC’s World News Tonight, as well as a substitute host for Ted Koppel’s Nightline. She also worked as a correspondent on 20/20, the network’s primetime news magazine program. Crier was awarded a 1996 Emmy for Outstanding Investigative Journalism for her work on the segment “The Predators” which examined nursing home abuses throughout the United States.

In October of ’96, Crier became one of the founding television anchors for the Fox News Channel, with her prime time program, The Crier Report, a live, hour-long nightly show, during which she interviewed the leading newsmakers of the day. Additionally, she co-anchored the evening news, election coverage and Fox Files, a magazine news show aired on the parent network.

Catherine joined Court TV’s distinguished team of anchors in November 1999. She served as Executive Editor, Legal News Specials, in addition to hosting Catherine Crier Live, a fast-paced, live daily series, covering the day’s “front-page” stories, until joining Cajole Entertainment in 2007.

Crier released her first book, the NYTimes bestseller, The Case Against Lawyers in October, 2002. Her second book, A Deadly Game: The Untold Story of the Scott Peterson Investigation became a #1 NYTimes bestseller and was followed by Contempt—How the Right is Wronging American Justice, Final Analysis: The Untold Story of the Susan Polk Murder Case. Her fifth book, Patriot Acts—What Americans Must Do to Save the Republic, was published on November 1, 2011.

Ken Dychtwald

Ken Dychtwald

Ken Dychtwald, Ph.D. is the nation’s foremost thought leader on population aging and its profound business, social, healthcare, financial, workforce and cultural implications. Over the next decade, leading industries, companies, governments, and major institutions will be challenged to transform their strategies, marketing, branding, distribution, product development, and workforce management to fully prepare for and capitalize on key trends created by a rapidly aging population.
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David Rivkin

David Rivkin

Attorney David B. Rivkin, Jr. has studied the U.S. Constitution and related historical documents with scholarly rigor, and has authored incisive commentary on the critical constitutional issues of our day. Now in private practice, Rivkin’s lengthy career has been distinguished by service in the White House during two presidential terms, in both the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Energy. He is a well-known writer and media commentator on matters of constitutional and international law, as well as on foreign and defense policy. Read more

Andrea Mitchell

Andrea Mitchell serves as the host of MSNBC’s daily news program Andrea Mitchell Reports in addition to her role as NBC’s chief foreign affairs correspondent, a position she has held since 1994. Mitchell has covered the biggest international stories of our time including the global War on Terror, nuclear proliferation in India, Pakistan and North Korea, the conflict in the Middle East and other global issues that influence your audience. Before covering foreign affairs, Mitchell covered national affairs as both a White House correspondent and congressional correspondent, providing viewers with the top political stories of the day.

Rising above media hype and cutting through partisan spin, Mitchell always remains impartial and true to her audiences – on screen and on stage. Her reports provide an experienced global perspective on both domestic and international headlines and are featured on every NBC News outlet, including NBC Nightly News, Today, Meet the Press, MSNBC’s Morning Joe and other MSNBC programming. She is the author of Talking Back…To Presidents, Dictators, and Assorted Scoundrels. With a Washington insider’s perspective, Andrea Mitchell deftly examines global conflicts, foreign policy and international leaders, adding insight into political issues that resonate globally.

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The View from Washington
Andrea Mitchell shares with audiences a wealth of experience and her observations on recent events, politics and life in the power hub known as Washington, D.C. Her insights are more than informative – they are perspective-altering. Depending on the news of the day her remarks can include reports on evolving issues such as the economy; the war in Iraq; the fight against terrorism; nuclear proliferation in India, Pakistan, and North Korea; the conflict in the Middle East and the five presidential administrations she has covered.

 

Full Biography

Andrea Mitchell, the veteran NBC Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent, is also the host of MSNBC’S Andrea Mitchell Reports, an hour of political news and interviews with top newsmakers that airs each day at 1pm ET on MSNBC. Mitchell covered the entire 2008 presidential campaign, from the kickoff in February 2007, broadcasting live from every major primary and caucus state and all the candidate debates for NBC News and MSNBC programs, including Today, NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, Hardball, Morning Joe and Meet the Press. She also covered Barack Obama’s trip to Iraq, the Middle East and Europe during the presidential campaign. Mitchell currently covers foreign policy, intelligence and national security issues, including the diplomacy of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, for all NBC News properties.

As a featured political correspondent in 2004, Mitchell was a regular panelist on MSNBC’s Hardball and was the first reporter to break the story that Democratic presidential nominee Sen. John Kerry had chosen Sen. John Edwards as his vice presidential running mate. In September 2005, Mitchell authored Talking Back, a memoir about her experiences as one of the first women to cover five presidents, congress and foreign policy. That year, Mitchell also received the prestigious Goldsmith Career Award for Excellence in Journalism from the John F. Kennedy School of Government. In 2004, the Radio-Television News Directors

Association (RTNDA) honored Mitchell with the Leonard Zeidenberg Award for her contributio n to the protection of

First Amendment Freedoms.

Mitchell’s extensive and varied reports include a series of exclusive interviews over the years with Cuban President Fidel Castro. Her unprecedented access resulted in a one-hour documentary on Cuba in December 2003. Throughout 2002 and 2003, Mitchell covered the United Nations debate leading up to the Iraq war and provided detailed reports on the questions surrounding pre-war intelligence and weapons of mass destruction. As a longtime analyst of the intelligence community, Mitchell’s past assignments for NBC have included exclusive reports from North Korea, Afghanistan, the Middle East, Bosnia, Kosovo, Pakistan and Haiti.

During the 2000 campaign, Mitchell hosted MSNBC’s The Mitchell Report, NBC News’ election year broadcast of record. In addition, she was the lead NBC News correspondent covering Hillary Rodham Clinton’s race for the Senate in 2000.

Among her many past assignments, Mitchell was NBC News’ Chief White House Correspondent, a position s he assumed after covering Bill Clinton from the New Hampshire primary through the entire 1992 presidential campaign.

From 1988-1992, Mitchell served as Chief Congressional Correspondent. During that time, she played a major role in reporting on the budget, the savings and loan bailout, the Clarence Thomas hearings and other legislative issues. She also served as a regular political analyst on Today and was a panelist in the second Bush-Dukakis presidential debate. Mitchell first covered the White House for NBC News during both of Ronald Reagan’s terms as President. She reported on a variety of noteworthy stories, including arms control, the budget, tax reform and the Iran -contra scandal, and traveled extensively with President Reagan to summits with Mikhail Gorbachev and other world leaders.

Over the years, Mitchell has appeared on Meet the Press as a panelist and substitute host. An acclaimed political reporter, during the 1988 Republican National Convention, she beat both the competition and presidential candidate George Bush with the announcement that Bush had chosen Dan Quayle to be his running mate. She was also a panelist in the final Bush-Dukakis presidential debate.

Mitchell joined NBC News in 1978 as a general correspondent based in Washington, D.C. In 1979, she was named NBC’s Energy correspondent. In that capacity, she reported on the energy crisis and the Three Mile Island nuclear incident. Before joining NBC, she was a correspondent for WDVM-TV (then WTOP), the CBS affiliate in Washington, D.C. From 1967-1976, she was a broadcast journalist for KYW Radio and KYW -TV in Philadelphia.

A native of New York, Mitchell received a B.A. degree in English literature from the University of Pennsylvania where she currently serves as a Trustee, a member of the Executive Committee and Chairman of the Annenberg School Advisory Board. She also serves on the board of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation and is a member of the Gridiron Club. Mitchell is married to former Federal Reserve Board Chairman Alan Greenspan and resides in Washington, D.C.

Andrea Mitchell serves as the host of MSNBC’s daily news program Andrea Mitchell Reports in addition to her role as NBC’s chief foreign affairs correspondent, a position she has held since 1994. Mitchell has covered the biggest international stories of our time including the global War on Terror, nuclear proliferation in India, Pakistan and North Korea, the conflict in the Middle East and other global issues that influence your audience. Before covering foreign affairs, Mitchell covered national affairs as both a White House correspondent and congressional correspondent, providing viewers with the top political stories of the day.

Gary Langer

Gary Langer

Respected in both the worlds of journalism and polling, Gary Langer measures what people think about the issues—as well as what your customers think —so you can act on the trends shaping your world. Langer is the nation’s first and only Emmy-award winning public opinion pollster and is not your typical numbers expert. As the President of Langer Research Associates and the pollster for ABC News, he’s a newsman who does polls, not a pollster who does news—a difference that shows in the depth of his analysis and the breadth of his storytelling skills. Read more

Bob Dole

Bob Dole

Since leaving public elective office, former Presidential candidate and Senator Bob Dole continues to take an active leadership role in a wide range of public policy and charitable causes. Recent projects include serving as Chairman of the National World War II Memorial, which was completed and dedicated in 2004; serving as Chairman of the International Commission on Missing Persons, and co-chairing, with Former President Bill Clinton, a foundation to assist the spouses and children of the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attack; and serving as President of the Federal City Council. Read more

Bob Shrum

Bob Shrum

Bob Shrum has advised nearly every major Democratic candidate from Edmund Muskie and Ted Kennedy to Al Gore and John Kerry, because he understands how political campaigns are fought and won.

 

A complete list of Shrum’s clients would be a “Who’s Who” of American politics. As chairman of Shrum, Devine & Donilon, a political media consulting firm, he has created and produced advertising that resulted in winning campaigns for over 20 U.S. Senators, six Governors, mayors of many major cities and several Congressmen. Read more

Pat Buchanan

Pat Buchanan

Never one to pull any punches, Pat Buchanan articulates the conservative cause, analyzing today’s issues with deftness and passion. Perhaps one of the country’s most outspoken leading conservatives, Pat Buchanan is a political analyst and regular contributor to MSNBC. A three-time presidential candidate, Buchanan also served as co-host of CNN’s Crossfire for almost 20 years and is now a regular panelist on The McLaughlin Group. A former White House speechwriter, he analyzes the day’s top political and cultural headlines including the current Congress, the Obama Administration and the 2012 elections. Read more

Katty Kay

Katty Kay

Based in Washington, D.C., Katty Kay is lead anchor for BBC World News America. She covers the full gamut of Read more

Eleanor Clift

Elanore Clift

A journalistic trailblazer, Eleanor Clift takes her audiences into the corridors of power for an insider’s view of Washington. Providing tested journalistic insights on the issues and intrigues that surround our political process, Clift gives audiences her take on today’s headline news including a look at President Obama, Congress and the changes wrought by the 2010 midterm elections. Drawing on her reputation as one of Washington’s most trusted political analysts, Clift tells the stories behind the stories, gleaned from her years building relationships and sources with the nation’s key political players. Read more