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journalist , White House Press Secretary

Ronald Harold Nessen, journalist, former White House press secretary. Recipient George Foster Peabody Broadcasting award, 1964, George Polk Memorial award Overseas Press Club, 1967, Edward R. Murrow Brotherhood award, 1988, 1989, Grand award International Radio Festival, 1988, National Headliner award, 1989. Board trustees Peabody Awards. Member National Press Club.

Background

Nessen, Ronald Harold was born on May 25, 1934 in Washington, District of Columbia, United States. Son of Frederick E. and Ida Edith (Kaufman) Nessen.

Education

Bachelor, American University, 1959. Doctor of Laws (honorary), Heidelberg College, 1975. Doctor of Laws (honorary), Ursinus College, 1977.

Career

News announcer Station WEPM, Martinsburg, West Virginia, 1952-1954, Station WARL, Arlington, Virginia, 1954-1955. Writer Montgomery County (Maryland) Sentinel, Rockville, 1955-1956. Editor United Press International, Washington, 1956-1962.

News correspondent NBC News, 1962-1974. Press secretary to President Gerald R. Ford, 1974-1977. Freelance writer, lecturer, 1977-1980.

Executive vice president Marston & Rothenberg Public Affairs, Inc., Washington, 1980-1984. Senior associate Robert Marston & Associates, New York City, 1980-1984. Moderator Pro-Con television series Pennsylvania Public Broadcasting System, 1983-1984.

Vice president Mutual Broadcasting System, Arlington, Virginia, 1984-1992. Senior vice president public affairs communications Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association, 1992-1996. Broadcasting executive Nostalgia television, Washington, 1995—1999, host, Issues and Answers, 1995—1999.

Vice president communications Brookings Institute, 1999—2005, journalist-in-residence.

Membership

Board trustees Peabody Awards. Member National Press Club. M C.

Connections

Married Johanna Neuman, February 14, 1988. Children: Caren Jayne, Edward Song.

father:
Frederick E. Nessen

mother:
Ida Edith (Kaufman) Nessen

spouse:
Johanna Neuman

children:
Caren Jayne Nessen

Edward Song Nessen