News anchor and political correspondent George Stephanopoulos joined Leadership Plaza after contributing nearly 300 fine art photographs from his personal photography collection to the Lehigh University Art Galleries (LUAG). Since the university regards the visual arts as a fundamental part of its educational mission, George’s personal contributions have become valuable assets to the current teaching collection of more than 13,000 objects of art for the education of students, faculty, and the community-at-large. The Lehigh University teaching collection offers students from all disciplines direct experiential learning to explore diverse topics in visual literacy and the humanities.
George began his career as an aide and later chief of staff to Ohio Congressman Ed Feighan in Washington, D.C. He subsequently served on Michael Dukakis’s 1988 presidential campaign and as executive floor assistant to former House majority leader Dick Gephardt. George was also the deputy campaign manager for former Arkansas Governor Bill Clinton before becoming communications director during the 1991 presidential campaign. George was promoted as the White House communications director and later senior advisor on policy and strategy during President Clinton’s first term.
George’s career switched tracks in 1997 to the news industry. He served as a political analyst for ABC News and correspondent on numerous ABC News broadcasts, including This Week, World News Tonight, and Good Morning America. Throughout his career, George has interviewed high-profile leaders and artists, such as President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin. In recognition for his reporting, he has received two Emmys, a DuPont, a Murrow, and two Cronkite Awards. He is currently ABC News’ chief anchor, serving as anchor of Good Morning America and the host of This Week with George Stephanopoulos.
George graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor of arts degree in political science from Columbia University, where he was class salutatorian and recipient of the Harry S. Truman Scholarship. He then received a Rhodes scholarship, which provided him with the opportunity to earn a master’s degree in theology at Oxford University’s Balliol College. Additionally, St. John’s University in New York City awarded him with an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree in May 2007.
George and his wife, Alexandra Wentworth, live in Manhattan with their two daughters.