Sid Davis
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Sid Davis

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Journalist and author, expert on the press and the presidency. Present on that fateful day in Dallas, November 22, 1963.


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Washinton, DC


Sid Davis

Sid DavisJournalist and author, expert on the press and the presidency. Present on that fateful day in Dallas, November 22, 1963.

SID DAVIS writes and lectures on the presidency, the press and politics. Sid spent more than 40 years as a reporter, White House Correspondent, and television network news executive. He was in the motorcade in Dallas when President Kennedy was assassinated and one of three reporters to witness the swearing in of President Lyndon Johnson aboard Air Force One. Sid served as a Vice-President and Washington Bureau Chief for NBC News, and Washington Bureau Chief for the Westinghouse Broadcasting Company.

Sid deals with the current political situation in America and offers a colorful insight into how our presidents confront adversity, how they agonize in private over life and death issues that involve sending our military forces into danger. As a Guest Scholar at the Brookings Institution Sid studied the spectacular impact of the Internet on the media and the world. But is saddened by the resulting, dangerous loss of many great newspapers. He spent seven years as Program Director of the Voice of America, directing its worldwide broadcasts in 46 languages. As a White House Correspondent Sid traveled hundreds of thousands of miles covering Presidents. He was at the White House during some of the most urgent crises of our time and from personal experience, reveals the how our recent presidents struggled with these issues, agonizing over sending our military into danger. He believes character is job one in the presidency.

In Dallas on November 22, 1963 Sid was in the motorcade and heard the shots that killed President Kennedy, reported on the chaos and he witnessed the swearing-in of President Johnson aboard Air Force One. His description of the solemn ceremony was the first word flashed to the world of the orderly transfer of power from the fallen leader to Lyndon Johnson. With the approach of the 50th anniversary of the death of President Kennedy, the world will again be reminded of the tragedy and the wild speculation, rumor and innuendo that followed, even today. As one of the very few eye witnesses in the motorcade and aboard Air Force One, Sid tells the true story in gripping, graphic and compassionate detail.

Mr. Davis has written for The Washington Post, American Heritage Magazine, TV Quarterly and Broadcasting Magazine. He has also done media commentary on National Public Radio and continues to lecture on the media at the Brookings Institution and at university seminars. He began his professional career as a reporter, then became news director at WKBN-TV in Youngstown, Ohio, covering the City Council, the Mayor and the Mafia. (He enjoyed the Mafia the most.) Mr. Davis is a graduate of Ohio University at Athens, Ohio, where he has been inducted into the Ohio University School of Communication Hall of Fame and is the recipient of the Alumni Medal of Merit.

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