Newseum: Woodruff and Wilber on Reagan Assassination Attempt

Woodruff and Wilber

On Wednesday, March 23, 2011 at 7.30 pm, PBS “NewsHour” senior correspondent Judy Woodruff will moderate a panel discussion on the 30th anniversary of the attempted assassination of President Ronald Reagan.  The Newseum event will feature the two men who played key roles in saving the president’s life and WaPo’s Del Quentin Wilber who recently authored a new book that provides the first detailed narrative of the day’s events.

  • Jerry Parr, former Secret Service agent and head of Reagan’s security detail, who was at the president’s side when the would-be-assassin, John Hinckley, opened fire outside the hotel. Parr’s quick actions saved Reagan’s life.
  • Dr. Joseph Giordano, professor emeritus of surgery and former chairman of the Department of Surgery at the George Washington University Hospital, who founded the hospital’s trauma team. It was that team which Giordano oversaw that played a key role in saving Reagan’s life.
  • Del Quentin Wilber, Washington Post staff writer and author of the new book “Rawhide Down,” which draws on exclusive new interviews with more than 125 people to chronicle that perilous day.

The program will also feature archival news footage from broadcast and cable news networks on March 30, 1981, which illustrates some of the chaos and confusion of that day’s news coverage.  The event is free for Newseum members and $10 for non-members.  Visit the Newseum’s site here for more details or to purchase tickets.