Newton Minow served as chairman of the Federal Communications Commission under President Kennedy, co-chaired the presidential debates for the League of Women Voters, currently serves on the Commission on Presidential Debates, and has written frequently on the role of communications in politics. He has also served as chairman of PBS, the Rand Corporation, and the Carnegie Corporation of New York. Currently, Mr. Minow serves as counsel for Sidley & Austin.

"The Peoples' Airwaves" & the Role of the Federal Communications Commission

1959-1960: Section 315 & the Suspension of the "Equal Time Clause"

1964, 1968, & 1972: The Absence of Presidential Debates

1976: The League of Women Voters Resumes Debates

1980: Third-Party Candidate John Anderson

1988: The Commission on Presidential Debates

1992: Third-Party Candidate Ross Perot

Institutionalizing the Debates

The Importance of Presidential Debates & Broadcast Media