Q and A with Tom Johnson


University of Texas history professor H.W. Brands, former Nixon White House aide Alexander Butterfield, and Tom Johnson, former LBJ aide and former president of CNN, discuss the role of the presidency in the Vietnam War. The ÒCommanders-in-ChiefÓ panel discussion on Tuesday, April 26, 2016 was moderated by Brian Sweany, editor of Texas Monthly, as part of the LBJ LibraryÕs three-day Vietnam War Summit.\r\rLBJ Library photo by David Hume Kennerly 04/26/2016.

Tom Johnson, a Macon native and well-known journalist will speak at the third annual Jordan Massee Lecture in Southern History and Culture on Nov. 18 at 6 p.m. in Mercer University’s Newton Chapel, 1501 Mercer University Drive.

Johnson graduated from Lanier High School while working for the Macon Telegraph (which became The Telegraph.) He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Georgia and master’s degree from Harvard Business School before serving as a White House Fellow during the presidency of Lyndon B. Johnson, according to the Mercer website.

He would go on to be named president and publisher of the Los Angeles Times before becoming president of CNN in 1990, a role in which he served until retiring in 2001.

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