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David Gergen

Eyewitness to Power

About David Gergen

David Gergen served as an advisor to Presidents Nixon, Ford, Reagan, and Clinton, and as a campaign aide to George H. W. Bush. He is editor-at-large of U.S. News and World Report and a regular commentator on The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer. A professor at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, his newest book is Eyewitness to Power. Over the years, he has watched chief executives deal with decision-making, with defining and articulating their goals, and with measuring their success or failure in capturing the public’s imagination. He believes that a great leader must possess seven core elements: personal character, a moral vision for the nation, exceptional political skills, a capacity to mobilize followers, the ability to recover from defeat, the willingness to listen to wise advisors, and the capacity to bequeath a workable legacy.


The Town Hall Forum will broadcast on this page of the website, and also on our Facebook page. It will also be archived here for future viewing!


Forums will NOT be live broadcast on MPR this fall. Instead, MPR will present the entire fall season of the Town Hall Forum as a special week of programs, November 29 – December 2 each day at 11 a.m. You can still listen/watch live here on our website.