Josh King

Author of OFF SCRIPT: An Advance Man's Guide to White House Stagecraft, Campaign Spectacle and Political Suicide

Josh King is the author of OFF SCRIPT: An Advance Man’s Guide to White House Stagecraft, Campaign Spectacle, and Political Suicide. The book, his first, was published by St. Martin’s Press in April, 2016. King was raised outside of Boston, Mass., graduated from Swarthmore College in 1987 and, later, completed the Program for Global Leadership at Harvard Business School. He entered politics after college, working first for the presidential campaign of Illinois Senator Paul Simon followed by service the general election cycle for Mike Dukakis and Lloyd Bentsen. He returned to politics after a hiatus to work for Governor Bill Clinton of Arkansas, producing events in large cities and small towns across America. King joined the White House Staff in February, 1993, first as one of the president’s schedulers and, later that year, as director of production for presidential events, the person tasked with designing and orchestrating President Clinton’s public events at the White House, around the U.S., and overseas. His campaign work and five years in the White House brought him to 48 states around the country and 40 countries around the world. He is credited with bringing many innovations to presidential communications. After his White House service, King began a career in corporate public relations, advising Fortune 500 companies in all areas of external and internal communications. He currently leads the global corporate communications function of one of the world's leading financial technology companies. King is a regular speaker on the intersection of politics, media and entertainment. He hosted SiriusXM’s weekend public affairs show, “Polioptics,” for three years from 2011 to 2014, and has appeared on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” Bloomberg’s “With All Due Respect, as well as many other cable outlets, shows and podcasts. He has and authored articles for TIME, Fortune, POLITICO magazine, Men’s Vogue, Brill’s Content, The Washington Post and Variety. In the 1990s, he created one of the first political blogs, “Wanderings,” for A member of the Writers Guild of America, King also wrote for NBC's "American Dreams" and produced a dramatic series pilot set in the White House for Lifetime Television. King lives in Greenwich Village and Windham, New York with his wife, two kids, and a Rhodesian Ridgeback named Huckleberry Finn.

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