About Jack

Jack is really a storyteller, international explorer, and humanitarian and everything else rolls out from there. As a writer, its what he does. As a international human rights and criminal lawyer and trial skills teacher around the world, its his most important tool. As a former CIA officer, the only way to truly motivate people is to connect and to tell them a story that they can feel viscerally. As a media analyst, what better way to make a point.  In the end, he tries to captivate his audience about the world and its people as much as he himself is captivated.

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Sometimes TV Isn't as Glamorous As You Might Imagine.

When you watch the news or talk shows, there is sometimes a perception of people talking to one another. Rarely is that the case. I just walked off of a set and I think this picture gives a better view of what it's like. Oh the glamour. Ridiculous.


[WCCO TV Appearance] Wednesday, September 15th: Talk on Released Hostage from Iran

I appear on WCCO TV on Wednesday, September 15th.  With the recent release of the female hostage from Iran, there are a lot of questions about what it is that the the Americans may be doing in and around Iran.  I will appear to talk about why the Americans care about what Iran is doing in the Middle East and around the world.  This should be interesting.

Hope you can watch.


Radio and TV Correspondents' Dinner in DC Was Great.

Strange to see so many people you know in the same room at the same time and none of them are actually working, and they are all dressed to the nines. That was how is was last night at the Radio and TV Correspondence Dinner last night at the Washington Convention Center in the District.  Of course, I should add that many of those that I "know", is by way of TV and radio itself.  I listen to and watch them doing the news.

While it had the usual pomp, the Preaident was on his game, giving some hits, taking some hits, and was generally very fun.  John Hodgeman of The Daily Show took the stage and convinced us just how much we are all just geeks.  Very funnny.  In particular, his ongoing conversation with the President as we all watched was very funny indeed.  I think even the Pres. liked it.

One war correspondent award was presented by the three surviving girls of David Bloom of NBC who died of complications from reporting in the Iraq war.  Incredibly moving to see these three young girls. They were truly amazing.  And it also highlights how precious life is.  And for me, a father of four, living for some time, not far from David in Edina, MN, it hit a little closer to home.

Overall, a truly fun night.  Great people.  Good company.  Good food.  Good drink.  Was very pleased to be there.