The Newseum will host a memorial service for James S. Brady, former White House press secretary for President Ronald Reagan, Oct. 10 at 10 a.m. Vice President Joe Biden will be joined by former presidential press secretaries and members of the press corps as speakers at the ceremony celebrating Baker’s life and legacy in the Newseum’s Annenberg Theater.
Visitors to the Newseum will be able to view the event on the large high-definition media screen in the Newseum’s New York Times Great Hall of News, and the service will be webcast on newseum.org.
“The Brady family has been overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and support we have received in the months since we lost our Bear. It reminds us every day of the difference he made in so many lives, and it inspires us to continue the work,” said Sarah Brady. “We can think of no more fitting place to celebrate the life of Jim Brady than a place dedicated to the nation’s freedom of speech. Jim would have given it a ‘thumbs up.’”
In addition to Vice President Biden, speakers will include Joe Lockhart, former press secretary to President Bill Clinton; Mark Weinberg, former assistant press secretary to President Ronald Reagan; Sheila Tate, former press secretary to first lady Nancy Reagan; Mike McCurry, former press secretary to President Bill Clinton; Andrea Mitchell, chief foreign affairs correspondent, NBC News, and anchor, MSNBC; Bill Plante, senior White House correspondent, CBS News; Judy Woodruff, co-anchor, PBS NewsHour; Albert R. Hunt, columnist, Bloomberg View; Dan Gross, president, Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence; and Gail Hoffman, former legislative director for Handgun Control, Inc., during the Brady Bill campaign.