President's Lecture Series


Pierre Salinger


Pierre Salinger

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Old Dominion University Field House

Lecture Series

President's Lecture Series


Pierre Emil George Salinger (June 14, 1925 – October 16, 2004) was an American journalist, author and politician. He had served as the seventh White House Press Secretary for United States Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson. Salinger served as a United States Senator in 1964 and as campaign manager for the 1968 Robert F. Kennedy presidential campaign.

Born in San Francisco in 1925, Salinger began his journalism career at the San Francisco Chronicle, where he worked as a copy boy, reporter and editor until 1955. After that, he worked at Collier's Magazine and then for the U.S. Senate Labor Rackets Committee.

Salinger then entered the business world, working as vice president for National General Corp. and Continental Airlines before returning to journalism as editor of the French weekly L'Express. In 1978, he began working as a correspondent for ABC News, a job he had until 1993.


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