David Gergen

December 1, 1994 - 12:00pm
A Conversation with David Gergen

About David Gergen

David Gergen currently serves as editor-at-large at U.S. News & World Report and as a regular analyst on ABC’s Nightline. He is also a professor of public service at the John F. Kennedy School of Government and co-director of its Center for Public Leadership. This fall, he published a book, “Eyewitness to Power: The Essence of Leadership, Nixon to Clinton.” He has served as an adviser to four Presidents: Nixon, Ford, Reagan, and Clinton. Most recently, he served for 18 months in the Clinton administration, as Counselor to the President and then as Special Adviser to the President and the Secretary of State. He returned to private life in January 1995.

During 1984-1993, Mr. Gergen worked primarily as a journalist. However, during this time he also teamed up with Mark Shields for political commentary. As a team, they won numerous accolades for their political coverage.

A native of Durham, North Carolina, he is an honors graduate of Yale University (B.A., 1963) and the Harvard Law School (LL.B., 1967). In addition, he served for three-and-a-half years in the U.S. Navy.