Ron Nessen

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Ronald Harold Nessen (born May 25, 1934) is an American government official who served as White House Press Secretary for President Gerald Ford from 1974 to 1977. He replaced Jerald terHorst, who resigned in the wake of President Ford's pardon of former president Richard Nixon.

Prior to joining the Ford administration, Nessen served as a Washington, D.C. correspondent for NBC News. On the day of Ford's succession to the presidency, August 9, 1974, he provided commentary for the inauguration. He also covered the President in a report broadcast that evening on NBC Nightly News. In that piece, Nessen reported on the appointment of terHorst, the man whom he himself would succeed one month later.

Nessen, who also served NBC News as a war correspondent during the Vietnam War, was seriously wounded by grenade fragments while on patrol outside Pleiku in the Central Highlands in July 1966.[1] [2]

Quotes[edit]

"Nobody believes the official spokesman but everybody trusts an unidentified source."

Works[edit]

  • Nessen, Ron. It Sure Looks Different on the Inside. Playboy Press, 1979. (ISBN 0-87223-500-9)
  • Nessen, Ron. The First Lady
  • Nessen, Ron. The Hour
  • Nessen, Ron and Neuman, Johanna. Death with Honors
  • Nessen, Ron and Neuman, Johanna. Press Corpse
  • Nessen, Ron and Neuman, Johanna. Knight and Day

Saturday Night Live[edit]

Nessen was the first political figure to host Saturday Night Live. His episode is also known for having Gerald Ford open the show with the "Live From New York, It's Saturday Night!" tagline.[3]

http://www.nbcuniversalarchives.com/nbcuni/clip/5112492075_s01.do

On a previous episode, Ron Nessen had been portrayed by Buck Henry.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Jerald terHorst
White House Press Secretary
1974 – 1977
Succeeded by
Jody Powell