stephen hess

Distinguished Research Professor of Media and Public Affairs

Phone: (202) 994-4722
Fax: (202) 994-5806
Office: MPA 409

Elections, media, political campaigns, political parties, politics, presidency, White House organization and staffing, foreign media coverage of the United States

Courses Taught
SMPA 190, The Washington Reporters

Selected Works
Media and the War on Terrorism. co-editor with Marvin Kalb (2003)

Organizing the Presidency (2002)

First Impressions: A Look Back at Five Presidential Transitions, Brookings Review (Spring 2001)

The Little Book of Campaign Etiquette (2000)

The Once to Future Worlds of Presidents Communicating, Presidential Studies Quarterly, Vol. 28 (Fall 1998)

Corrections: When the News Media Make Mistakes, Harvard International Journal of Press/Politics, vol. 3 (Winter 1998)

International News and Foreign Correspondents (1996)

Presidents and the Presidency (1996)

News and Newsmaking (1996)

America's Political Dynasties: From Adams to Kennedy (Transaction, 1996)

Drawn and Quartered: The History of American Political Cartoons (1996)

Live From Capitol Hill! Studies of Congress and the Media (1991)

The Presidential Campaign (3rd edition, 1988)

The Ultimate Insiders: U.S. Senators in the National Media (1986)

The Government/Press Connection: Press Officers and Their Offices (1984)

The Washington Reporters (1981)

Stephen Hess, a renowned Washington scholar and senior fellow emeritus at the Brookings Institution, joined The School of Media and Public Affairs in September 2004.

Since 1972, Hess has been a senior fellow in the governance studies program of the Brookings Institution. While there, he concurrently served as a fellow in the faculty of government at Harvard University and as a U.S. Representative to the United Nations General Assembly in 1976 and the UNESCO General Conference in 1974. He has served on the White House staffs of Presidents Eisenhower and Nixon, and has been an advisor to Presidents Ford and Carter.

A prominent author, two of his recent works - Media and the War on Terrorism, co-edited with Marvin Kalb, and The Little Book of Campaign Etiquette - received the Arthur Rowse Award for Press Criticism. In 1996, he authored a trilogy on the presidency, the press and foreign news coverage: International News & Foreign Correspondents, News & Newsmaking and Presidents & the Presidency. Other works include The Presidential Campaign; The Ultimate Insiders: U.S. Senators in the National Media, winner of the Outstanding Academic Book award from the American Library Association; and Nixon: A Political Portrait, which now has 30 foreign editions. During the 2000 presidential election campaign, he wrote The Hess Report for USA Today, a weekly column on media coverage.

Among his honors are mentions in Who's Who in America Contemporary Authors and Who's Who in American Politics. He was listed among Time magazine's "200 Young American Leaders" in 1974 and cited as The New York Times "Man in the News" in 1970. Hess is a member of the National Academy of Public Administration and is on the senior advisory committee of the Shorenstein Center for Press, Politics and Public Policy at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Hess earned his bachelor's degree from Johns Hopkins University in 1953.

B.A., Johns Hopkins University, 1953