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Stephen Hess

Stephen Hess, one of the foremost authorities on media and government in the United States, is a senior fellow emeritus in Governance Studies at The Brookings Institution. He first joined Brookings in 1972 and was distinguished research professor of media and public affairs at the George Washington University (2004-2009). Served on White House staff during Eisenhower and Nixon presidencies and as advisor to Presidents Ford and Carter.

Hess is the author of numerous books including The Professor and the President: Daniel Patrick Moynihan in the Nixon White House, American Political Cartoons: From 1754 to 2010; Bit Player: My Life with Presidents and Ideas, and  
America's Political Dynasties: From Adams to Clinton.

Articles by this Author

Faced with war, famine, and bloody revolution, a political wheel horse turned into a first-class ambassador.
Big Bill Taft, October 1966 | Vol. 17, No. 6
The only American ever to be both President and Chief Justice of this country was jolly, energetic, and weighed over three hundred pounds.
The members of Huey’s Louisiana clan who tried to follow his footsteps to the land of their dreams never quite matched his bumptious stride or dictatorial power—but they grew into a thriving political dynasty