Texas Monthly Talks with Dee Dee Myers

Program: Texas Monthly Talks
Time: 7 p.m.
Date: Thursday, April 9
Also airs: Sunday, April 12, at 12:30 p.m.
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She’s a member of an exceedingly exclusive club — only 30 other people have held the high-profile, high-pressure job that she did for just under two years, from January 20, 1993, to December 22, 1994, and she was a pioneer: the first woman ever, and the second-youngest person ever, to serve as White House Press Secretary. Dee Dee Myers, born Margaret Jane Myers for all you trivia buffs, hails from Quonset Point, Rhode Island, though she grew up in California. After graduating from Santa Clara University in Northern California, she joined Walter Mondale’s presidential campaign as a press assistant; a few years later served in that same capacity on Michael Dukakis’ presidential campaign, and in between she was deputy press secretary and campaign press secretary for Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley. In the early nineties, when a little-known governor of Arkansas decided to run for the Democratic nomination for president, she joined his campaign staff as well – and just after Bill Clinton defeated George H.W. Bush, he made history by tapping 31-year-old Myers to be not just his spokesperson but, after George Stephanopolous proved inadequate to the task, the one who conducted the daily briefings before the notoriously rabid and ill-tempered White House press corps. After leaving the grind behind, Myers signed on as co-host of CNBC’s political talk show Equal Time, joined Vanity Fair’s staff, first as Washington editor and then contributing editor, became a political analyst for CBS News, consulted on the TV series The West Wing, and gave sought after lectures on politics and women’s issues. Perhaps as an outgrowth of all that speechifying, she wrote a book, aptly titled Why Women Should Rule the World, that made the New York Times best-seller list. At this momentous time in our nation’s history, few people know more about what’s really going on off-camera, behind the curtain, in the corridors of power, than Myers does, which is why we’re so lucky to have her as our guest this week.
— Evan Smith, host of Texas Monthly Talks