Margaret Hoover

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  • Host of PBS' 'Firing Line with Margaret Hoover'
  • Political Analyst and Contributor to CNN
  • Bestselling Author of 'American Individualism'
  • President of American Unity Fund – a political organization focused on achieving full freedom and equality for LGBT Americans

Political commentator, bestselling author, and gay rights activist Margaret Hoover is the host of PBS’ Firing Line with Margaret Hoovera smart, civil, and engaging contest of ideas. Firing Line is a public affairs, multi-platform program that engages in long-form interviews and a rigorous exchange of ideas with the guiding principle that civil discourse is a civic responsibility. A CNN contributor, Ms. Hoover has served in The White House under President George W. Bush, in the Department of Homeland Security, on Capitol Hill and on two presidential campaigns. A gifted analyst and moderator, Ms. Hoover connects with a broad audience to amplify bipartisan solutions to the pressing challenges facing American businesses and individuals.

Ms. Hoover is the bestselling author of American Individualism: How a New Generation of Conservatives Can Save the Republican Party, and her writing has appeared in The New York TimesThe Wall Street JournalThe New York Daily NewsThe Daily BeastCNN.com, and FoxNews.com. She is the President of American Unity Fund – a political organization focused on achieving full freedom and equality for LGBT Americans. Ms. Hoover serves on the boards of Stanford University's Hoover Institution, the Hoover Presidential Foundation, the Belgian American Educational Foundation, The Markle Foundation, and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. A persuasive and impassioned speaker, Ms. Hoover brings a unique perspective to topics including individualism, the future of politics, and more.

 



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The Place for ‘American Individualism’ in Politics

Political analyst and bestselling author MARGARET HOOVER offers an informed and impassioned perspective on the principles that bring us together as Americans. In this talk, Ms. Hoover shares provocative ideas not just for reinvigorating the Republican Party but also for strengthening America in the ...

Political analyst and bestselling author MARGARET HOOVER offers an informed and impassioned perspective on the principles that bring us together as Americans. In this talk, Ms. Hoover shares provocative ideas not just for reinvigorating the Republican Party but also for strengthening America in the decades ahead.

My Great Grandfather Herbert Hoover: The Dynamic Legacy of a True Humanitarian

In this compelling talk, political analyst and bestselling author MARGARET HOOVER reflects on the legacy of her great grandfather – President Herbert Hoover. Known as “The Great Humanitarian,” Ms. Hoover offers a personal and political perspective on his dynamic legacy – and the lessons of civic res ...

In this compelling talk, political analyst and bestselling author MARGARET HOOVER reflects on the legacy of her great grandfather – President Herbert Hoover. Known as “The Great Humanitarian,” Ms. Hoover offers a personal and political perspective on his dynamic legacy – and the lessons of civic responsibility and service to others we can all carry into our lives today.

In the Firing Line: Margaret Hoover is an Expert Host and Moderator

Political analyst and bestselling author MARGARET HOOVER is known as the host of PBS’ popular series Firing Line with Margaret Hoover, and she brings her heralded commitment to civility and the rigorous exchange of opinion as a host and moderator for vital conversations. ...

Political analyst and bestselling author MARGARET HOOVER is known as the host of PBS’ popular series Firing Line with Margaret Hoover, and she brings her heralded commitment to civility and the rigorous exchange of opinion as a host and moderator for vital conversations.

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<p><strong>John Avlon & Margaret Hoover: The political media power couple uniting U.S. Americans in divided times </strong></p>

John Avlon & Margaret Hoover: The political media power couple uniting U.S. Americans in divided times 

Political power couple JOHN AVLON and MARGARET HOOVER have dedicated their lives to fostering civil conversations across political divides. Avlon, an outspoken centrist, and Hoover, a moderate Republican, bridge party lines daily at the kitchen table. Hoover’s experience working in the George W. Bush White House, on Capitol Hill, on two presidential campaigns, and at the Department of Homeland Security have informed her knowledge of policy making and national politics. She is pro-choice and supports LGBT freedom and seeks for the GOP to draw on the intellectual history of the modern American conservative movement while meeting the challenges of today with new policy solutions. She is also an advocate of election reforms that will allow the GOP to appeal to a broader group of Americans and become a competitive national party once again.

John Avlon, a Senior Political Analyst and Anchor at CNN, is known for his ability to engage audiences across the aisle. The Charleston Library Society said, “The single most popular and compelling speaker we have hosted over the last 14 years has been John Avlon. Not only is he remarkably articulate, profoundly thoughtful and balanced in his intellectual perspectives, but his charm, humor and accessibility produce overwhelming accolades at every presentation." Avlon’s unique skill in weaving real stories into his calls for solution-oriented political conversation contribute to his success both as a political commentator in media and for live events.  

Together, Avlon and Hoover delight audiences with stories of U.S. history, ranging from Avlon’s love of Lincoln and George Washington to Hoover’s heritage as U.S. President Herbert Hoover’s great-granddaughter (yes, their home is full of presidential memorabilia). Most importantly, the pair leverages stories of the nation’s past to convey the patriotic truth that there is always more that unites us than divides us as Americans. This fuels their passionate banter and deep belief in the importance of bipartisanship and moving our national conversation from problems to solutions while finding common ground.

Watch John Avlon’s keynote on “Citizenship by Choice” >> 

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<p><strong>Margaret Hoover leads conversations both on and off air</strong></p>

Margaret Hoover leads conversations both on and off air

Host and moderator MARGARET HOOVER is one of the most celebrated interviewers of her generation, known for her fair and rigorous approach. She is the host of PBS' Firing Line with Margaret Hoover, a national public affairs television program, dedicated to a civil and substantive contest of ideas.

Her interviews have included heads of state, congressional leaders, cabinet officials, legendary CEOs, Hollywood celebrities, world renowned artists, directors and philanthropists. Now, Hoover can bring Firing Line to public and private events, including CEO forums, foundation and nonprofit conferences, and corporate gatherings of all types. Through interviews with organizational leadership or moderated panels, Hoover's sense of humor and interviewing acumen reveals the essence of her subjects, ensuring an enlightening and captivating session. 

She is the ideal moderator for political panels or business roundtables, Hoover’s experience hosting "a rigorous exchange of ideas with America's political and cultural newsmakers" weekly exemplifies her mastery over topics of political debate and an ability to keep any conversation constructive. Hoover’s unparalleled ability to reach across the aisle and connect with audiences sets her apart as both an analyst and moderator.  

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Margaret Hoover is the host of PBS’ Firing Line with Margaret Hoover, a public affairs, multi-platform program that engages in long-form interviews and a rigorous exchange of ideas with the guiding principle that civil discourse is a civic responsibility.

A CNN contributor, Ms. Hoover has served in The White House under President George W. Bush, in the Department of Homeland Security, on Capitol Hill and on two presidential campaigns. She is the President of American Unity Fund, a political organization focused on achieving full freedom and equality for LGBT Americans. A bestselling author, her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Daily News, The Daily Beast, CNN.com and FoxNews.com.

Ms. Hoover serves on the boards of Stanford University's Hoover Institution, the Hoover Presidential Foundation, the Belgian American Educational Foundation, The Markle Foundation, and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. Raised in Colorado, Hoover has lived in China, Mexico, Bolivia, and Taiwan, speaks fluent Spanish, and studied Mandarin Chinese. Ms. Hoover lives in New York City with her husband John Avlon and their two children.