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The great communicator

THE GREAT COMMUNICATOR

A main force in bringing the Church "out of obscurity" (Doctrine and Covenants 1:30) during the 20th and beginning of the 21st centuries has been the ability of President Gordon B. Hinckley to communicate with peoples of all walks of life. The Church president has set an unprecedented standard of openness to the media. And the media have responded. The following is a list of major interviews and other forms of positive publicity the Church president has engendered:

  • Interview with Mike Wallace, aired in segment of "60 Minutes" April 7, 1996. The interview between the journalist — known for his tenacity — and the Church president occurred in Salt Lake City on Dec. 18, 1995. The two had met at a luncheon in New York City Nov. 13 of the same year, when the journalist requested to meet with President Hinckley to do a story about the Church and its president.

  • Two interviews with Larry King on his CNN radio and television network broadcasts, "Larry King Live," Sept. 8, 1998, and Christmas Eve 1999.

    During the Christmas Eve broadcast, which originated from the Tabernacle on Temple Square, Larry King interviewed President Hinckley and, via satellite hook-ups, two other religious leaders, the Rev. Robert Schuller of the Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove, Calif., and South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

  • Address at sold-out National Press Club Newsmakers Luncheon March 8, 2000, speaking to journalists and government leaders.

  • Numerous interviews with local media during international travels.

  • Standing for Something: Ten Neglected Virtues That Will Heal Our Hearts And Homes, published by Times Books, a division of Random House, earlier this year. Since the book went on sale throughout the nation on Feb. 22, some 479,000 copies have been printed in 11 printings. — Julie A. Dockstader
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