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Going on the Record: Former White House Media Insider Talks About the President, the Press and the Message

How do you balance what the President wants to say, what the American people want to hear and what the press wants to know? On May 21, Peter Roussel, former Special Assistant and Deputy Press Secretary to President Reagan (in addition to holding communications and press secretary positions under Ford and Bush), will share his humorous and not-so-humorous experiences handling press relations at the highest levels of government.

Roussel is the Executive Vice President of Neumann Roussel Public Relations and is the author of the recently published novel Ruffled Flourishes (Eakin Press), a satire based on the relationship between the press and the presidency. He has served as a commentator for KTRK-TV in Houston, offering analysis on government and political affairs.

Roussel’s career in Washington began in 1969 when he was named press secretary to U.S. Congressman George Bush. Upon George W. Bush’s confirmation as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations in 1971, Roussel was appointed his personal press officer for two years. In 1974, Roussel served as Staff Assistant to President Ford. He served there as assistant to subsequent Chiefs of Staff Don Rumsfeld and Richard Cheney. In 1978, Mr. Roussel served as communications director of Jim Baker’s campaign for Attorney General of Texas. Roussel is a graduate of the University of Houston, which honored him in 1983 as a Distinguished Alumnus and in 1986 as the first Distinguished Communications Alumnus.

Public Relations Society of America Houston Chapter
Houston City Club (Greenway Plaza area)
One City Club Drive, Houston, Texas, 77046

Wednesday, May 21, 2003
11:30 a.m.: Networking
11:45 a.m.: Buffet lunch served; presentation followed by Q/A

For reservations and meeting information, call 713-526-1089 or visit For interviews and speaker information, call Kris Taylor, APR, President, PRSA Houston Chapter, at 281-396-6050 or e-mail

Founded in 1950, the Houston Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America is one of the nation''s largest and most active PRSA chapters, providing professional development activities, networking opportunities and career resources for more than 450 members.


Organizer Carolyn Weibye


Wed, May 21, 2003
11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
(GMT-0600) US/Central

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Houston City Club at Greenway Plaza