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Citadel News Service

Office of Public Affairs

March 2, 1999

The Citadel Announces Commencement Speaker

          The renowned journalist, author, and politician Mr. Patrick J. Buchanan will speak at The Citadel’s commencement exercises for the Corps of Cadets in McAlister Field House at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 8.

          Pat Buchanan was born in Washington D.C. He graduated with honors from Georgetown University in 1961, and went on to enter the journalism school at Columbia University and earned his masters of science degree in 1962. He began his career with the St. Louis Globe-Democrat. He was quickly appointed the paper’s assistant editorial editor in 1964—the youngest editorial writer on a major newspaper in America.

          In 1966, he began his political career moving in and out of the White House as an advisor to Presidents Nixon, Ford, and Reagan and twice has been a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination. From 1966 to 1974, Mr. Buchanan was a confidant and assistant to Richard Nixon, serving as a special assistant to the president through Nixon’s final days of Watergate. From 1985 until 1987, Mr. Buchanan was the White House director of communications for Ronald Reagan.

          Throughout Mr. Buchanan’s career he has alternated government service with journalism as a national columnist, broadcaster, and commentator. He has authored five books including a Washington best seller, "Right from the Beginning." He is a syndicated columnist, co-host for CNN’s "Crossfire," moderator for CNN’s "Capitol Gang," panelist for The McLaughlin Group, and host for Buchanan and Company. Mr. Buchanan is currently a Republican candidate for the 2000 presidential election.



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