Don Stinson is a graduate of American University and a former newspaper executive. A truly insignificant member of the White House staff during Watergate, he frequently loitered outside of the Oval Office.
After the collapse of the Soviet Union, he worked with newspapers in Russia, Slovakia, and Poland to establish a free and independent press. His accomplishments included being held hostage in a smelting plant, sleeping in an insane asylum guarded by sheep herders, and fighting a goat defending a lavatory door on Russian airliner Aeroflot.
The goat won.
A native of Miami Shores, Florida, Stinson spent 29 years in the newspaper industry, including 11 as vice president/advertising and senior vice president/marketing of the Newspaper Division of Gannett Co., Inc., parent of USA TODAY, responsible for oversight of the advertising and circulation sales, marketing, and research operations of 100 U.S. daily newspapers. He was named Gannett's advertising executive of the year three times, corporate executive of the year, and received the Newspaper Association of America's Lifetime Sales and Marketing Leadership Award.
An honorary member of the Union of Russian Journalists, Stinson is a Fellow of the Strategic Planning Society and a member of the President's Society of the Nixon Library Foundation, the President's Council of the Gerald R. Ford Foundation, and the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels. He holds a B.A. in Political Science from American University and other education credentials from M.I.T., Harvard Business School, and the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School.
His memoir, Downstairs at the White House, was published by Eastern Harbor Press on November 1, 2017.
Listen to his radio interviews at www.downstairsatthewhitehouse.com/radio-interviews.html