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The Carolina Forum: A Conversation with Don Baer ’76

THE CAROLINA FORUM A Conversation with Don Baer ’76 Global Chairman of Burson, Cohn & Wolfe Former Assistant to the President and White House Director of Strategic Planning and Communications WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2018 5:30 PM HISTORIC PLAYMAKERS THEATRE Don Baer, a 1976 Phi Beta Kappa UNC graduate, is Chairman of the global strategic communications firm Burson Cohn & Wolfe. He was Worldwide Chair and CEO of its predecessor firm, Burson-Marsteller. Baer also served as Senior Executive Vice President for Strategy and Development at Discovery Communications. Baer was an Assistant to President Bill Clinton, serving as White House Communications Director, Chief Speechwriter and Director of Speechwriting and Research. Prior to the White House, Baer was a journalist at U.S. News & World Report and American Lawyer and a lawyer at a private firm. Baer earned a Master’s from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a J.D. from the University of Virginia. The Carolina Forum fosters nonpartisan discussion and deliberation. Its mission is to educate and to engage students in a dialogue about key policy issues in the U.S. and around the globe.

Candid shot of Don Baer in his office

The public policy department’s Carolina Forum will host alumnus Don Baer on Wednesday, Oct. 10 at 5:30 p.m. in Historic Playmakers Theatre.

Don Baer, a 1976 Phi Beta Kappa UNC graduate, is Chairman of the global strategic communications firm Burson Cohn & Wolfe. He was Worldwide Chair and CEO of its predecessor firm, Burson-Marsteller. Baer also served as Senior Executive Vice President for Strategy and Development at Discovery Communications. Baer was an Assistant to President Bill Clinton, serving as White House Communications Director, Chief Speechwriter and Director of Speechwriting and Research. Prior to the White House, Baer was a journalist at U.S. News & World Reportand American Lawyerand a lawyer at a private firm. Baer earned a Master’s from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a J.D. from the University of Virginia.

The Carolina Forum fosters nonpartisan discussion and deliberation. Its mission is to educate and to engage students in a dialogue about key policy issues in the U.S. and around the globe.

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