Gabriel Sherman ’01, author of The Loudest Voice in the Room
PREVIEW TO GABE SHERMAN’S MEET THE PRESS TALK TOMORROW: ”Inside the Secret World of Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes–The Man Who Remade American Politics”
Today, middbeat had the honor to speak with author and journalist Gabriel Sherman ’01, who will be speaking at tomorrow’s Meet the Press event titled: “Inside the Secret World of Fox News’ Roger Ailes–the Man Who Remade American Politics.” Gabe Sherman ’01 is the author of the New York Times Bestselling (currently very popular and hotly debated) book The Loudest Voice in the Room: How the Brilliant, Bombastic Roger Ailes Built Fox News – And Divided a Country. Sherman’s book, published by Random House in January 2014, is a biography of Fox News CEO and President Roger Ailes documenting Ailes’ professional career, extremely eccentric character, and the history of the Fox News industry – it is described as “A deeply reported journey inside the secretive world of Fox News and the life of its combative, visionary founder.” Sherman is a contributing editor at New York Magazine and also currently a Bernard L. Schwartz Fellow at the New American Foundation.
Sherman’s personal site explains how “at New York, Sherman has reported cover stories on media, politics and business. His 2011 cover story “The Elephant in the Green Room,” about Roger Ailes’s role in shaping the 2012 Republican presidential primary, was a finalist for the Mirror Award for “Best Single Article”. His 2010 cover story “Chasing Fox,” about the travails at CNN and MSNBC, won the Mirror Award in that category. In 2008, his cover story “Testing Horace Mann,” chronicled a Facebook scandal at the prestigious New York City prep school, and was a finalist for the Livingston Award.” Sherman has served as a guest on CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, ABC World News and National Public Radio, and his journalism has appeared in the New York Times, the Guardian, Slate, GQ, the Atlantic, Wired, Outside Magazine and National Geographic Adventure, among other publications. He was even a recent guest on the Colbert Report, check it out here.
In this Q+A middbeat had the opportunity to learn about both Sherman’s journey from a Political Science and Geography joint major at Middlebury to a New York Times Bestselling author, and the story behind his new book. If you are at all interested in journalism, politics, or both, you should absolutely check out Sherman’s professional advice and show up to his Meet the Press talk tomorrow (Tuesday) at 4:30!
M: What did you study at Middlebury, and do you think Middlebury equipped you well for your career path and goals? What do you think the most useful skills you learned at Middlebury?
S: At Middlebury I was a joint Political Science and Geography major. I think the most important and valuable skills that I learned at Middlebury were the abilities to think, write and to ask insightful questions. Through my Middlebury course work and relationships with professors I learned how to process complex questions that don’t have readily available answers. These critical thinking, writing, and question asking skills are directly applicable to journalism because the stories that I work on are multifaceted and complex and require ability to process lots of information and communicate that reporting to my readers.
I didn’t go to journalism school, I learned by doing. I think the best skills are the ones you learn by doing. At Middlebury you have opportunities to do journalism with school publications, and there are many avenues to gain actual skills by doing. In terms of actual journalism skills I learned by getting entry level jobs and acquiring skills by learning craft and being in real world.