NBC Snags Exclusive Dick Cheney Memoir Interview

By Alex Weprin 

Just like his old boss former President George W. Bush, former Vice President Dick Cheney is giving NBC News the first interview tied to the release of his memoir. Cheney will be interviewed by Jamie Gangel on a special edition of “Dateline,” Monday, August 29 at 10 PM ET, and then will be interviewed live by Matt Lauer the next morning on “Today.”

His memoir, In My Time, will be released August 30.

Cheney has been quieter than many of his colleagues since leaving the West Wing, though he has made appearances on all of the broadcast networks, as well as CNN and Fox News since leaving office, including a handful of interviews earlier this year following his heart surgery.

The decision to give the first memoir interview to NBC was likely due to the fact that he would be able to reach the most people. An hour in primetime is very valuable real estate, and NBC’s “Today” is easily the most-watched morning news program on television.

More information, after the jump.


In His First Wide-Ranging Sit-Down Since Leaving The West Wing, Cheney Discusses His Memoir In My Time
in a Multi-Part Interview with Matt Lauer and Jamie Gangel

The Interview Will Air on a Special Edition of “Dateline” Monday, August 29, 10pm ET
and Live on “Today” Tuesday, August 30

NEW YORK –- August 10, 2011 –- In an exclusive multi-part interview, former Vice President Dick Cheney will sit down with NBC News’ Jamie Gangel for a special edition of “Dateline” premiering Monday, August 29, 2011 at 10pm ET/9pm Central. Then, on “Today,” Matt Lauer will interview Cheney live on Tuesday, August 30, 2011. In the interviews, Cheney will discuss his new memoir In My Time, which covers his four decades in politics, his life before, during and after the White House, his family and his health.

For more than forty years, Vice President Cheney served at the highest levels of government and the private sector. From his position as the youngest White House Chief of Staff under Gerald Ford to becoming Secretary of Defense under George H.W. Bush (overseeing America’s military during Operation Desert Storm and the historic transition at the end of the Cold War), to serving two terms as Vice President under George W. Bush during the dawn of the Global War on Terror, Vice President Cheney has played a key role in events that have shaped history and continues to offer his advice and commentary on the state of the nation and world today.

Cheney’s memoir In My Time comes out on Tuesday, August 30th.