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Peter M. Robinson '79

Peter RobinsonFellow
Hoover Institution
Stanford University

Stanford, California

Elected 2005 (Alumni Trustee)
A.B. Dartmouth College
B.A. Oxford University
M.B.A. Stanford University

Peter Robinson, an author, television host, and former White House speechwriter, is a Fellow at the Hoover Institution, the public policy research center at Stanford University. Robinson served from 1982 to 1983 as chief speechwriter to Vice President George H. W. Bush. In 1983 Robinson joined the President's staff, serving almost five years as Speechwriter and Special Assistant to President Ronald Reagan, an experience he recounts in his 2003 book, How Ronald Reagan Changed My Life. Robinson provided the chief executive with more than 300 speeches, including the 1987 Berlin Wall address.

At Dartmouth, where he was a member of Kappa Kappa Kappa, Robinson majored in English and worked for The Dartmouth as a reporter, columnist, and editor. After graduating from the College summa cum laude, Robinson attended Oxford University, at which he studied philosophy, politics, and economics, graduating in 1981, and Stanford Business School, from which he received an MBA. in 1990. During the early nineteen-nineties Robinson worked at the News Corporation, reporting to the CEO, Rupert Murdoch, and at the Securities and Exchange Commission, serving as press secretary to the chairman. In 1993 Robinson received an appointment at the Hoover Institution. Robinson now edits a quarterly journal, the Hoover Digest; provides commentary for outlets such as National Public Radio and Fox News; hosts the public affairs interview program, Uncommon Knowledge; and devotes himself to writing. In addition to his book about President Reagan, Robinson has published a study of the Republican Party, It's My Party, and a book about business school, Snapshots From Hell: The Making of an MBA. Robinson lives in northern California with his wife and their five children.

Last Updated: 12/1/14