From Scranton to State Dinners. From Air Force One to India. From President Carter to President Clinton. From The Queen of England to the Pope. From the halls of Congress to the corridors of the White House. Gene Gibbons had a front row seat on the making of history — bearing witness and breaking news on war, diplomacy, calamity, campaigns, impeachment, and more. In this memoir that spans an era from post World War II America to the dawn of the new Information Age, Gibbons, a former Chief White House Correspondent for Reuters, shares his insider perspective on the high stakes, bare knuckled politics and policy fights that have taken American democracy to the brink.
Gene Gibbons covered Presidents Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, George H.W. Bush and Clinton during a 40-year career as a political journalist. Gibbons is a former Reuters’ chief White House correspondent and previously was a Washington-based United Press International (UPI) reporter.
Gibbons served on the board of the White House Correspondents Association and is a past president of the Radio-Television Correspondents Association. His career highlights include serving as a Presidential Debate panelist in 1992 and as a Joan M. Shorenstein Fellow at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government in 2010. He has appeared on The PBS NewsHour and other telecasts.
Gibbons is a graduate of the University of Scranton and received an honorary doctorate from his alma mater in 1996. He has four grown children and seven grandchildren. His pastimes include photography, hiking and sailing. Gibbons was a volunteer coach for the U.S. Naval Academy varsity offshore sailing team for more than 10 years and is a veteran of numerous long distance ocean races.