Professor John Woolley on panel at Ronald Reagan Library

Professor John Woolley participated on a panel of speakers at the Ronald Reagan Presidendial Library, discussing: The Presidency and the Press: From Reagan to Trump. Watch the record event here

Ever since President Reagan’s skills on camera earned him the name of Great Communicator, a rush of changes in media has upended the way the president communicates and the way White House correspondents cover the beat. Join the Education Team at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute as a panel of White House reporters, scholars, and historians break down how this relationship works, what it means for our democracy, and how the press corps respond to 5 am Tweets.

Panel of speakers include:
Moderator: Margaret Talev, President, White House Correspondents Association

  • Lou Cannon, Author and Former White House Correspondent, Washington Post
  • John Woolley, Presidential Historian, UC Santa Barbara
  • Jonathan Karl, White House Correspondent, ABC News

This event was co-sponsored by the White House Correspondents’ Association.



John Woolley is Professor of Political Science at UC Santa Barbara and Co-Director of the American Presidency Project website—the premier web repository of presidential public papers.

For years, Professor Woolley's research has had two substantive foci.  One is the American presidency, especially presidential communication and unilateral action.  The other is US monetary policy and financial regulation. 

The award-winning American Presidency Project was founded in 1999 in partnership with Gerhard Peters and is hosted by UCSB.  Extending well beyond Presidential "public papers," the APP collection includes, for example, political party platforms, candidate debate transcripts, candidate statements and press releases and OMB-issued "Statements of Administration Policy."  Woolley has drawn on this database for analyses in scholarly publications and reported through the APP itself.  The APP has millions of users world-wide ranging across scholars, school-children, speech-writers, film-makers, journalists, and political junkies.