Chris Whipple

14 Oct 2017
2:40 pm - 3:30 pm
St. Peter's Sanctuary

Chris Whipple

Photo by David Humm Kennerly


Chris Whipple is an acclaimed writer, journalist, documentary filmmaker, and speaker. A multiple Peabody and Emmy Award–winning producer at CBS’s 60 Minutes and ABC’s Primetime, he is the chief executive officer of CCWHIP Productions. Most recently, he was the executive producer and writer of Showtime’s The Spymasters: CIA in the Crosshairs. He has been published in Newsweek, LIFE, People, Politico, The Daily Beast, and American History, and on He received a bachelor of arts degree with honors in history from Yale College. He lives in New York City with his wife, Cary.

MFOB FEATURED BOOK: The Gatekeepers: How the White House Chiefs of Staff Define Every Presidency

This is the first in-depth, behind-the-scenes look at the White House chiefs of staff, whose actions—and inactions—have defined the course of the United States. Through extensive and intimate interviews with all 17 living chiefs and two former presidents, award-winning journalist and producer Chris Whipple pulls back the curtain on one of the toughest jobs in the world. In doing so, he revises our understanding of presidential history, showing us how James Baker’s expert managing of the White House, the press, and Capitol Hill paved the way for the Reagan Revolution—and, conversely, how Watergate, the Iraq War, and even the bungled Obamacare rollout might have been prevented by a more effective chief.

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