Gary Ginsberg
October 29, 2021
Welcome Home, Gary!

Gary Ginsberg is born and bred in Buffalo, home to two US presidents.  A lawyer by training, he has spent his professional career at the intersection of media, politics, and law.  He worked for the Clinton administration, was a senior editor and counsel at the political magazine George, and then spent the next two decades in executive positions in media and technology at News Corporation, Time Warner and SoftBank.  He has published pieces in The New York Times and the Wall Street Journal and was an on-air political contributor in the early days of MSNBC. 

Now this “Made in Buffalo” Washington insider breaks new literary ground providing provides fresh insights into the lives of the men who held the most powerful political office in the world by looking at the friends on whom they relied. Ginsberg’s first book: FIRST FRIENDS: The Powerful, Unsung (And Unelected) People Who Shaped Our Presidents, is an engaging, serendipitous look into the lives of Commanders-in-Chief and how their presidencies were shaped by those they held most dear.

Gary will return to Buffalo next Tuesday, November 2 for a conversation about his work and the book moderated by Melissa Brown, Executive Director of the Buffalo History Museum.  The event will take place at Temple Beth Tzedek (1641 North Forest Road, Williamsville) at 7 PM, with a live-stream option for those who wish to enjoy the program from the comfort of their own home.

The event is free and open to the public.  For a donation of $50 or more to the Made in Buffalo Fund, you will receive a signed copy of Ginsberg’s book.

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Gary Ginsberg - MIB logo red 1Those who call Buffalo home, whether or not they still live in the community, know the sense of pride and closeness that makes Buffalo special. There is a deep connection and love of this place, and we think it should be celebrated.

Made In Buffalo, an ongoing series powered by the Buffalo Jewish Federation, will shine a spotlight on those famous Buffalonians who cut their teeth right here in our backyard.

The purpose of Made in Buffalo is to celebrate a personality who can lay claim to being “made” in our region and allow the Buffalo Jewish Federation to provide a dynamic program as a gift to the greater community.

Past Made In Buffalo events:
Seth Godin – April 27, 2017
Cheryl Stern – April 25, 2021

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