Past Speakers

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Over the years, Town Hall has hosted over 250 famous and notable speakers who have provided stimulating, intellectual entertainment. The variety of speakers has run the gamut from authors, Mary Higgins Clark, Erma Bombeck and Mitch Albom, to journalists Mike Wallace and Leslie Stahl, to singers Beverly Sills and Judy Collins to television personalities Jane Pauley and Jack Hanna, to chefs Anthony Bourdain and Jacques and Claudine Pepin, to civil rights activist Maya Angelou, to renowned scientists David Eagleman, Dr. Isaac Asimov and Dr. Alan Russell, to medical pioneers Dr. David Agus, Dr. Gary Small and Dr. Eben Alexander.

1969 - 1970
Sydney Harris
Betty Furness
Rod MacLeish
Vincent Price
William Pollard

1970 - 1971
John Ciardi
Mike Wallace
Julia M. Walsh
Alex Haley
Art Buchwald

1971 - 1972
Kitty Carlisle Hart
Dan Tyler Moore
William Rusher
David Brinkley
Robert Goralski

1972 - 1973
Hugh Downs
Maya Angelou
Tom Wicker
Dr. Thomas Bennet
Hans Suyin

1973 - 1974
Olivia DeHavilland
Edwin Reischauer
Robert Cromie
Eliot Janeway
Bernard Kalb

1974 - 1975
Charles Kuralt
Elliot Richardson
Margaret Mead
Cleveland Amory
Hugh Sidey

1975 - 1976
Erma Bombeck
David Frost
Tom Wolfe
LaDonna Harris
Edward P. Morgan

1976 - 1977
William Colby
Jill Ruckelshaus
Dr. Sam Hayakawa
Rosamond Bernier
David Halberstam

1977 - 1978
Art Buchwald
Dr. Isaac Asimov
Helen Thomas
Joseph Sorrentino
Louis Rukeyser

1978 - 1979
George Will
John Lindsay
Jacqueline Wexler
Barbara Howard
Ashley Montague

1979 - 1980
Phil Donahue
Letitia Baldridge
Nancy Dickerson
Frank Cappiello
Ellen Goodman

1980 - 1981
William Buckley
Doris Kearns Goodwin
Thomas Hoving
Jack Anderson
Dan Cordtz

1981 - 1982
F. Lee Bailey
William Sullivan
Russel Baker
Mark Russell
Gene Pell

1982 - 1983
Heywood Hale Broun
Washington Week in Review
Dr. Joseph MacInnis
Robert White
Marshall Loeb

1983 - 1984
Douglas Edwards
John Berry
Rex Reed
Ralph Earle
Patricia Neal

1984 - 1985
Winston Churchill II
James J. Kilpatrick
Charles Osgood
Jane Brody
Patricia Aburdene


1985 - 1986
David Susskind
Prof. Arthur Miller
Roger Ailes
Col. John Cottell
Charlayne Hunter-Gault


1986 - 1987
Beverly Sills
Tom Logsdon
Jerry Parr
Judith Viorst
Dr. Robert Coles


1987 - 1988
David Eisenhower
Robert Stovall
Calvin Trillin
Fred Graham
Ralph Nader

1988 - 1989
Art Linkletter
Countess Romanones
Peter Jennings
David Gergen
Julie Nixon Eisenhower

1989 - 1990
Stansfield Turner
William Proxmire
B. Gentry Lee
Ernest Boyer
Lloyd Dobyns

1990 - 1991
Jayne Meadows
Dale Van Atta
Frank Cappiello
Bernie Siegel
Cousteau Society

1991 - 1992
Thomas P. O’Neill
Boris Notkin
“Lucky” Roosevelt
Gerald Posner
Sheila Kast

1992 - 1993
Robert Novak/Mark Shields
Hedrick Smith
Marlene Barasch
Susan Bondy
Warren Rudman

1993 - 1994
Leslie Stahl
Ed Rollins
Star Jones
Orville Schell
Dr. Bob Arnot

1994 - 1995
Pierre Salinger
Leon Lederman
Linda Chavez
Sheri Poe
Marlin Fitzwater

1995 - 1996
Mary Higgins Clark
James Lovell
Elliot Engel
Stuart Varney
Steve Roberts

1996 - 1997
Linda Werthheimer
Stephen Carter
Henry Haller
Elliot Engel
David McCullough

1997 - 1998
Michael York
Susan Eisenhower
Rudy Maxa
Laura Pederson
Gloria Borger

1998 - 1999
Doris Kearns Goodwin
James Reston, Jr.
Elliot Engel
Steve Roberts
Aileen Bridgewater

1999 - 2000
Frank McCourt
Claire Shipman
Steve Stark
Jan Schlictman
Alan Murray

2000 - 2001
Anna Quindlen
Paul Gigot
Donna Woolfolk Cross
Malcolm Gladwell
Joel Siegel

2001 - 2002
Jeff Greenfield
Fareed Zakaria
Dr. John Hasse
Holly Atkinson
Michael Beschloss

2002 - 2003
David Halberstam
Ken Auletta
Frank Deford
Robert Young Pelton
Ronan Tynan

2003 - 2004
Ann Compton
Dr. Harm deBlij
Dr. Will Miller
Bruce Feiler
Judith Miller

2004 - 2005
David Baldacci
Joe Klein
Peter Greenberg
Judy Collins
Steve Coll

2005 - 2006
Wolf Blitzer
Gail Collins
Sam Abel
David Lampton
Jon Meachem

2006 - 2007
Andrea Mitchell/Tori Clark
Maj. Gen. Perry Smith
Regina Barreca
Roland Fryer
James Bradley

2007 - 2008
Alexander McCall Smith
Lisa Ling
Anthony Bourdain
Robin Wright
Juan Williams

2008 - 2009
Brian Greene
Martha Raddatz
Anna Deavere Smith
David Sanger
Jeannette Walls

2009 - 2010
Greg Mortenson
Todd Buchholz
Dan Buettner
Thomas Kostigen
Christopher Buckley

2010 - 2011
Nick Clooney
T. R. Reid
Rick Steves
The Faith Club/Robin Wright
Steve Kroft

2011 - 2012
Jeffrey Toobin
Dr. Alan J. Russell
John Hofmeister
Amy Dickinson
Scott Simon

2012 - 2013
Jane Pauley
Spencer Wells
Mark Bittman/Lee Woodruff
Marin Alsop
James Fallows/Reza Aslan

2013 - 2014
Frank Abagnale
Eric Greitens
Zanny Minton-Beddoes
Dr. Gary Small
Wes Moore

2014 - 2015
Robert M. Edsel
Evan Osnos
John Miller
David Pogue
Jacques Pépin and
daughter Claudine

2015 - 2016
Dr. Eben Alexander
Dr. Anne-Marie Slaughter
Peter Greenberg
Bill Strickland
Jack Hanna

2016 - 2017
Mitch Albom
Rikki Klieman
Tom Szaky
Suki Kim
Dr. David Agus

2017 - 2018
Marlee Matlin
Michael Sandel
Tom Gjelten
Theresa Payton
Fabien Cousteau

   

/ = scheduled speaker/replacement speaker

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