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ROBERT S. WEINER 1104 Sanford Lane Accokeek, Maryland 20607 301-283-0821 President, Robert Weiner Associates Public Affairs and Issue Strategies. With 30 years of top level government and political experience, created and heads Washington, DC based company. Generates wide news coverage and develops electronic and print media for issue, political, and private sector clients. Consults with media on news-making issues including drug policy, aging/social security, government operations, sports policy, national security, environment, election reform, and other subjects in which he and his associates have expertise. Appearances and coverage include CNN “Crossfire,” ABC “Politically Incorrect,” “Today”, “Good Morning America”, Penn and Teller, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, New York Times, TV Guide, AP, and network radio (including regular Radio America panelist). Recent op-eds in Miami Herald, Atlanta Constitution, Baltimore Sun, Boston Globe, Christian Science Monitor, New York Post, New York Daily News, Washington Times, Cleveland Plain Dealer, Adweek, Orlando Sentinel, Sacramento Bee, San Jose Mercury News. Has assembled experienced team of experts in media execution and issue development and analysis. Company recreated following seven-year success in 1980-87; channeled skills into senior level appointed government service before and after. PRIOR POSITIONS: * Chief of Press Relations/Director of Public Affairs, White House Office of National Drug Policy, May 1995- August 2001. Liaison with media and spokesperson for Clinton Administration and Office for top national profile issue. Develop over 20,000 press opportunities and interviews for White House "Drug Czar," the National Drug Policy Director (Barry McCaffrey 1996-2001, Lee Brown 1995-96, and Bush Transition 2001), the President's Cabinet Member coordinating $19 billion anti-drug strategy involving fifty agencies, with television, radio, and print media. Arrange 3000 print and 1000 television stories and interviews annually, highest per-staff rate in the Cabinet. Strategize and generate coverage, stories, and appearances on evening and morning TV network news, "Meet the Press," "Face the Nation," "This Week," Dan Rather live interviews, Tom Brokaw and Peter Jennings "Close-up" profiles, "Nightline," "Today," "Good Morning America," Lehrer Newshour, "Montel," news and feature stories in AP and Reuters wires and all papers including New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, Los Angeles Times, national magazines including Time, Newsweek, U.S. News, and Parade (cover story), and radio. Organize national and regional, as well as international, news conferences. Constant telephone liaison. Draft releases, advisories, statements, and media talking points for Director and the President. Also speak on the record with media as needed to define and amplify positions and activities. Conceived and produced nationwide campaign of over 30 television and radio PSA's by National Drug Policy Director with celebrities including Michael Johnson, Montel Williams, Dan Marino, Jerry Rice, Dominique Dawes, Lynda Carter, Juwan Howard, John Thompson, ABC "Murder One" stars, top network TV daytime actors from "Young and the Restless" and "General Hospital," and child stars from "Sesame Street" and Nickelodeon. Award- winning ads shown regularly including prime time on all major networks. * Press Secretary and Communications Director, Committee on Government Operations, U.S. House of Representatives, including National Security Subcommittee, 1990-95, under Chairman John Conyers. Generated and coordinated all media coverage and interviews for Chairman and Committee including "Sixty Minutes," "Nightline," "Today," "Larry King Live," network news, national and local newspaper stories. * Press Secretary/Media Coordinator, Select Committee on Narcotics, U.S. House of Representatives, 1987- 90, under Chairman Charles Rangel. Developed and coordinated all national and local media for Chairman and Committee as drugs grew to a top national issue. Arranged "Nightline," "Oprah," regular national television network news and major newspaper interviews. * Director, Robert Weiner Associates, 1980-87, a nationwide executive search company; included position as senior associate for Management Recruiters International. Set national executive search record for placements in single day (eight) by recruiting women and minorities. * Staff Director, Select Committee on Aging, U.S. House of Representatives, 1976-80, under Chairman Claude Pepper. Coordinated the successful effort of Chairman Pepper and 44 Members to enact landmark legislation ending mandatory retirement at 65, set nursing home and Medicare gap insurance standards, protect Social Security, oversee pension laws. Conceived and developed hearings with productive older Americans as witnesses, including Colonel Sanders, Ruth Gordon, Will Geer, and Averill Harriman. Also Staff Director, Subcommittee on Health and Long-Term Care, House Select Committee on Aging, 1975-76, under Chairman Pepper. * Washington Legislative Assistant to Cong. Edward Koch, 1974-75. Briefed all floor votes; coordinated his legislation including winning committee and House floor amendments on home health care, transportation, foreign policy, and government auditing; and sustained support in conference committees. * Director, 2008 Democratic National Convention Press Briefing Room; Director, General Press Rooms and Filing Centers, 2004, 2000, 1996, 1992, and 1988. Also Staff at 1984, 1980, 1976, 1972 Conventions. * National Voter Registration and Get-out-the-Vote Media Coordinator for the Democratic National Committee, 1972, at the Watergate headquarters under Chairman Larry O'Brien. Also National Youth Voter Registration Coordinator at the Democratic National Committee for the Young Democrats' office at the Watergate headquarters, and Administrative Assistant to the National Young Democratic President, 1971-72. Western Massachusetts Student Co-coordinator for Sen. Edward Kennedy, 1970. * National presidential campaign aide to Senator Edward Kennedy, 1980. * Consultant to Carter-Mondale Transition Planning Group, 1976: drafted Administration position papers on aging and health. AWARDS AND PERSONAL * Director's Award for Distinguished Service, 2001, and Outstanding Performance Award, 2000, 1999, and 1998, White House Office of National Drug Control Policy. * Annual Video Festival, Best Take Award 2000, “Robert S. Weiner, Executive Producer for ONDCP, for Michael Johnson, Olympic Hero, :30 Stay Drug Free Commercial, National Media Campaign” * Communicator of the Year Award, Washington Crime News Service, 1988, 1989, 1990. * Exhibit at Smithsonian Museum of American History, 1973-present, "The Youth Vote." * USA Track & Field, elected national masters Executive Committee member 2007-present and Chair, Masters Media Committee, 2005-present. White House Athletic Center, Executive Board Member, 1995 – Aug. 2001. President, Capitol Hill Runners, 1990 - present. Past Vice President, D.C. Road Runners, President, Sugarloaf Mt. A.C. (Massachusetts), and Chairman, Road Runners of America Ten Mile National Championship. * USA Track & Field Masters All-American, 2008, 2001-2004, 1997-1999, 1993-94. National Championship Third Place 2008, Second Place, 2004 and 1997, 3000 Meter Steeplechase. Second Place, 1994 National Masters Indoor Championship, 1500 Meters. Ten-time invited runner, 1989-2001, Mobil and Adidas Invitational (was #1 U.S. Indoor Track Meet), and Co-Director, Masters Mile. * Personal: M.A., Recent American History, 1974, University of Massachusetts; B.A., Oberlin College, 1969; Blair Academy, 1965; Married to Patricia E. Berg, Ph.D.