Evening With Chris Whipple and John Avlon

Friends of the LBJ Library | Mar, 2 2023 6:30PM - 7:30PM

Evening With Chris Whipple and John Avlon

Join us on March 2nd for an evening with journalists and authors John Avlon and Chris Whipple, speaking in conversation with Emily Ramshaw about the state of the American presidency.

This program will be held in-person in the Lady Bird Johnson Auditorium located at the LBJ Presidential Library.


About the speakers:

John Avlon is a senior political analyst and anchor at CNN. He is an award-winning columnist and the author of Independent NationWingnuts, and Washington’s Farewell. His latest book Lincoln and the Fight for Peace was published last year, providing a groundbreaking history of Abraham Lincoln’s plan to secure a just and lasting peace after the Civil War.Previously, he was the editor-in-chief and managing director of The Daily Beast and served as chief speechwriter for the Mayor of New York during the attacks of 9/11. He lives with his wife Margaret Hoover and their two children in New York.

Chris Whipple is an author, political analyst, and Emmy Award–winning documentary filmmaker. He is a frequent guest on MSNBC, CNN, and NPR, and has contributed essays to The New York TimesThe Washington PostLos Angeles Times, and Vanity Fair. His bestselling book, The Gatekeepers, analyzes the position of White House Chief of Staff, and his follow-up, The Spymasters, takes a comprehensive look at the CIA, based on interviews with nearly every living CIA Director. His new book, The Fight of His Life: Inside Joe Biden’s White House, takes us inside the Biden Administration, including material derived from exclusive interviews with President Biden. Whipple lives in New York City with his wife Cary. 

Emily Ramshaw is the CEO and co-founder of The 19th*, the nation’s first independent nonprofit newsroom at the intersection of gender, politics and policy. The 19th* aims to elevate the voices of women and LGBTQ+ people — particularly those left at the margins of American media — with free-to-consume and free-to-republish daily journalism, newsletters and live events.

Prior to The 19th, Ramshaw was editor-in-chief of The Texas Tribune, an award-winning local news startup and the largest statehouse news operation in the nation. She is on the board of the Pulitzer Prize, where she is serving a nine-year term. In 2020, Ramshaw was named to Fortune’s “40 Under 40” list. Ramshaw started her career at The Dallas Morning News, where she broke national stories about sexual abuse inside Texas’ youth lock-ups, reported from inside a West Texas polygamist compound and uncovered “fight clubs” at state institutions for people with disabilities. A native of Washington, D.C., Ramshaw graduated from Northwestern University in 2003 with dual degrees in journalism and American history. She lives in Austin with her filmmaker husband, their spunky and spectacular 7-year-old daughter, and a one-eyed wonder dog.

Book sales and signing

The Store at LBJ will be selling copies of The Fight of His Life: Inside Joe Biden’s White House by Chris Whipple and Lincoln and the Fight for Peace by John Avlon onsite in the upper lobby of the LBJ Auditorium from 5:45-6:30 p.m. and again immediately following the program. Avlon and Whipple will sign copies of their books before the program.

By purchasing through The Store at LBJ, you support a local cultural institution. All proceeds from sales support our programming, exhibits, and educational initiatives at the LBJ Presidential Library.


Location and Parking

The LBJ Auditorium is located on the lower level of the LBJ complex at 2313 Red River St. Access to the auditorium will be through the lobby of the LBJ School of Public Affairs. Free parking will be available in the LBJ Library visitors' lot (#38), and lots #37 and #39 after 5:30 p.m.

Please note that Red River Street is closed between Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. and Clyde Littlefield Drive. Red River Street is open and accessible from E. Dean Keeton Street; please plan your route accordingly.

The doors will open at 5:30 p.m. to allow plenty of time for guests to enter the LBJ Auditorium.



Please register using the form below. You must be a current member of the Friends at the Individual level or above to register. Museum and Family Museum members do not receive admission to the programming series as part of their membership benefits.

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