TITLE: John Dickerson: "On Her Trail: My Mother, Nancy Dickerson, TV News' First Woman Star"
SPEAKER: John Dickerson
EVENT DATE: 02/06/2007
FORMAT: Video + Captions
RUNNING TIME: 55 minutes
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John Dickerson, chief political correspondent for Slate, discussed his new biography, "On Her Trail: My Mother, Nancy Dickerson, TV News' First Woman Star," in a program sponsored by the Center for the Book.
Nancy Dickerson was the first female member of the Washington, D.C., television news corps and the only woman covering many of the iconic moments of the 1960s. She was the first reporter to speak to President John F. Kennedy after his inauguration; she was on the National Mall with King during the march on Washington, D.C.; she had dinner with Johnson the night after President Kennedy was assassinated; she received a phone call from a rambling President Nixon regarding an earlier press conference addressing the Vietnam War; and she even threw a party for President Ronald Reagan days before his inauguration.
Speaker Biography: An experienced journalist, John Dickerson spent 12 years covering politics and public affairs for Time magazine, concluding with four years as the magazine's White House correspondent. He has written extensively about George W. Bush and appears regularly on NPR, Fox and MSNBC.
SERIES: Books & Beyond