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headshot-bennettWilliam J. Bennett – Host of “Bill Bennett’s Morning in America” ShowWilliam J. Bennett is one of America’s most important, influential and respected voices on cultural, political, and education issues. A native of Brooklyn, New York, Bill Bennett studied philosophy at Williams College (B.A.) and the University of Texas (Ph.D.) and earned a law degree (J.D.) from Harvard. He is the Washington Fellow of the Claremont Institute. He is a Senior Advisor to Project Lead The Way, one of the nation’s leading providers of training and curriculum to improve STEM education in American schools; he is on the advisory board of Udacity.com, the online higher education company based in Palo Alto, CA; and he is Chief Education Advisor to Beanstalk Innovation, an international education company.Over the course of his professional life, in education, government and the private sector, Dr. Bennett has succeeded in a trifecta of American institutions. He is an award-winning professor in academia, having taught at Boston University, the University of Texas and Harvard; he is a three-time confirmed executive in the Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush administrations including holding two cabinet-level positions, Secretary of Education under Ronald Reagan and the Nation’s first Drug Czar under the first President Bush; he is the author of more than 24 books, including two New York Times Number One best sellers and two of the most successful books of the 1990s; and he is the host of the number seven ranked nationally syndicated radio show, Morning in America.In his various roles, Dr. Bennett is perceived—even by his adversaries—as a man of strong, reasoned convictions who speaks candidly, eloquently, and honestly about some of the most important issues of our time.

Dr. Bennett’s latest book  is entitled, “Is College Worth It?” His three volume set of the history of the United States entitled “America: The Last Best Hope,” has been widely praised. The volumes have been adopted for school use in the State of Indiana and the City of New York, and are currently being adopted by other school systems around the country and digitalized for distribution. As a communicator, Dr. Bennett has received rare acclaim. In 2002 he was named by focus groups and leading analysts the “Best Communicator of 2002,” and the most well-received public commentator on the issues of “pride, patriotism, faith, and moral conviction.” In April of 2005, the Sunday New York Times named Dr. Bennett the “leading spokesman of the Traditional Values wing of the Republican Party.” Although he is a well-known Republican, Dr. Bennett often has crossed party lines in order to pursue important common purposes. He has worked closely with Democratic leaders such as Senator Joseph Lieberman to fight the decline of popular culture and to end worldwide religious persecution.

Thanks to his government positions, his writings and speeches, and thousands of media appearances, William Bennett has extraordinary influence on America’s political and social landscape. In many surveys and publications he has been named one of the most influential individuals in America. He is the recipient of more than 30 honorary degrees.

Dr. Bennett and his wife, Elayne, reside in North Carolina and are the parents of two sons.

headshot-jenningsClaude Jennings – Creative & Operations Director
headshot-beachChris Beach – Executive ProducerChristopher Beach is the Executive Producer of Morning in America. Christopher graduated from Patrick Henry College with a B.A. in Journalism. His writings have been featured in various print and online media. He also works part time for the Best Friends Foundation, teaching and mentoring inner city Washington D.C. students. Prior to Morning In America, Christopher worked as a legal researcher for Andrew Schlafly Esq. Born and raised in New Jersey, Christopher now resides in Virginia.
headshot-wilezolDavid Wilezol – Associate ProducerDavid Wilezol is the associate producer of the nationally syndicated radio show Bill Bennett’s Morning in America, and co-author, with Bill, of the book Is College Worth It? He is also a contributor to Minding the Campus, the Manhattan Institute’s higher education policy blog. In 2012, he was a Claremont Institute Publius Fellow, and is currently a graduate student in Greek and Latin at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. Follow him on Twitter: @davidwilezol.

About the Show

Bill Bennett’s MORNING IN AMERICA opens a daily dialogue with men & women all across America. Bill Bennett describes the program this way: “It is a fast-paced morning show on the issues that matter most. With the voice that matters most: yours!”

News. Sports. Politics. Media. If it’s making headlines, Bill Bennett’s MORNING IN AMERICA gives you the day’s first look at the latest scoop. And we open the phone lines so you can go one-on-one with our headline-making guests.

From the opening announcement at a Washington, D.C. news conference at the National Press Club, Bill Bennett’s MORNING IN AMERICA has been electrifying radio programmers…and premiered in Los Angeles, Seattle, Boston, Atlanta, Dallas-Ft. Worth, Minneapolis, Philadelphia and dozens of other leading stations in key radio markets. Why? Because finally there’s a listener-focused national morning show that delivers important guests, high production values and non-stop fun!

Bill Bennett’s Philosophy of the Show

“A lot of people have asked, how I will speak authoritatively for three hours every day? I won’t. There are some things I know, and when I know them or think I know them, I will say so. When I don’t know them, I will say so too. We’ll get to the truth of things together.

The Socratic conditions for conversation over things that matter are that there has to be some – Intelligence, Candor, and Good Will.

I like to get to the truth of things, that’s the philosopher’s job. When I get it wrong, people will tell us. We’re not going to insult our callers, we’ll depend on our callers. We’ll engage them. I’m a conservative, but I’m not going to assume that the conservative line is always right. I want an honest investigation and examination of issues-from politics to culture to sports to entertainment. We’ll talk about things that matter.

It’s morning in America. It doesn’t mean it’s always sunny in the morning, but it’s always busy-it’s a busy country and a great country full of good news and bad news. But there’s always news and there’s always something interesting happening. There are no closed questions here. We’re open-the lines are open-and we’re ready to talk.”

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