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Ben J. Wattenberg '55

Speechwriter and Policy Researcher for Lyndon B. Johnson, currently hosts the PBS show

Wattenberg has spent his career researching demographics, politics, U.S. culture and public opinion. A prolific author and syndicated columnist, his work has appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and U.S. News & World Report. His book, The Real Majority, co-authored with Richard Scammon, was a best-seller. He has appeared on numerous television programs and hosts his own PBS series Think Tank, where he convenes a panel of guests to discuss current event topics including arts and entertainment, culture, science, technology, medicine and politics. He resides in Washington D.C. and has four children. His many accomplishments include:

• US Air Force, San Antonio, Texas (1955-57)
• Editor of Rivers and Harbors magazine of Diesel Publications, Inc. in Stramford, Conn. (1958)
• Part Owner and Publisher of Leisure magazine for Leisure Publications, Inc., in New York, N.Y. (1959)
• Editorial Consultant for Simon and Schuster in New York, N.Y. (1959)
• Aide and Speechwriter for President Lyndon B. Johnson (1966-1968)
• Lecturer for U.S. Information Services on Turkey, Pakistan and India (1969)
• Campaign Advisor for Senator Hubert Humphrey (1970)
• Campaign advisor for Sen. Henry “Scoop” Jackson Presidential Campaign (1972, 1976)
• Attitudinal Research Consultant for Daniel Yankelovich Co., Washington, D.C. (1972)
• Co-Founder and Chairman for Coalition for a Democratic Majority, Washington, D.C. (1972)
• Member of the Democratic National Platform Drafting Committee (1972, 1976)
• Senior Fellow for American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research in Washington, D.C. (1976)
• Member of the Presidential Advisory Board for Ambassadorial Appointments (1977-1980)
• Member of the U.S. Delegation to the Madrid Conference on Human Rights (1980)
• Contributing Editor for U.S. News & World Report (1989-1990)
• Member and Vice-Chairman for the Board for International Broadcasting (1981-1991)
• Member of the Task Force on U.S. Government International Broadcasting (1991)
• Member of the Commission on Broadcasting to the People's Republic of China (1992)
• Syndicated Columnist (1981-present)

 

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Ben J. Wattenberg
Hobart Class of 1955

Contribution: Speechwriter and Policy Researcher for Lyndon B. Johnson, currently hosts the PBS show "Think Tank"

College Activities: Social Chairman, Pledge-Master and Steward, Soccer, POT Editor, Herald Editor, Echo, H-Book, Hobart Review, Little Theatre, WEOS, Board of Control and Temple Club.


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