Former White House Spokesman...Public Relations Executive...University Instructor...Author/Playwright...Broadcast Commentator
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With over 45 years of experience in business, government, politics and media, including two tours of duty in the White House and service as an assistant to Presidents Ford and Reagan, Peter Roussel, is now an author, playwright, university instructor and television commentator.
From 1981-87 Mr. Roussel served in the White House as special assistant and deputy press secretary to President Reagan. His duties as a spokesman for the President of the United States included briefings of the White House press corps and accompanying President Reagan on domestic and foreign trips, two of those being summit meetings with Russian President Mikhail Gorbachev at Geneva in 1985 and Iceland in 1986. On his first day in the Reagan White House Mr. Roussel was chosen to go to Phoenix, Arizona and handle media relations for the landmark historic nomination of Sandra Day O’Connor as the first female Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court.
His career in Washington began in 1969 when he was named press secretary to U.S. Congressman George H.W. Bush. When Congressman Bush was named U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations in 1971, Mr. Roussel joined him there as his personal press officer, serving during a two-year period of headline-making events, including the admission of the People’s Republic of China. From1974-6 Mr. Roussel assumed his first tour of duty in the White House as staff assistant to President Ford.
Mr. Roussel is also an on-camera television commentator offering analysis on government and political affairs. His appearances have included CNN, ABC World News, CNBC, PBS and others. He has been a magazine editor and columnist and has written articles that appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post and other publications.
He is the author of the novel, Ruffled Flourishes, published in 2009. It draws on his experiences as a press spokesman at the White House and has been acclaimed by national media. The late Jack Valenti, former President of the Motion Picture Association, said: “It’s a superior piece of work, reeking of authenticity." His theatrical play adaptation of Ruffled Flourishes premiered with three sold-out performances at the Showcase Theatre, Sam Houston State University, August 26-7, 2016. It is currently being adapted as a musical.
He was graduated in 1965 from the University of Houston where he was honored in 1983 as a Distinguished Alumnus. In 2009 he was appointed to the Philip G. Warner Endowed Chair in the Department of Mass Communication at Sam Houston State University where he teaches on the press and presidency and other subjects.