Paul Wagner Biography
Paul Wagner is an American journalist well known for his covers police, fire and courts in our nation’s capital wherein 1981 he began his career reporting traffic from the top of the Washington Monument.
Paul Wagner Age
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Paul Wagner Married
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Paul Wagner Career
Wagner was introduced by 1998 inductee Emil Reutzel Jr., who has known him since 1946 and worked with Wagner in Washington, D.C. The award was presented April 6 during the Nebraska Press Association convention in Lincoln. Wagner took his experiences in journalism from Dakota Country all the way to the White House where he worked with former Nebraska Sen. Val Peterson and former President Dwight Eisenhower.
After working at the White House, Wagner turned his attention to public relations, where he fashioned a successful career. There he was raised to be a journalist, and he went on to study at the University of Nebraska. While studying journalism at NU, Wagner worked at the Lincoln newspaper and then moved to the United Press International after graduation. There, he covered the statehouse before becoming UPI’s Lincoln Bureau manager in 1941.
Wagner took a 44-month hiatus from journalism to serve in the U.S. Navy as a naval aviation cadet during World War II. Once he returned, he ran the Sioux City Star until 1950, when Gov. Peterson offered him a job as his administrative assistant. President Eisenhower named Peterson the head of the Federal Civil Defense Agency, and Peterson brought Wagner along. Wagner was appointed a special assistant to the White House. Shortly after, Wagner became an assistant administrator for education services and would occasionally send letters to friends and family on White House stationery.
While Wagner was working for the president, the Cold War was in high gear. The United States was racing the Russians to develop nuclear weapons. Wagner was invited not just once but twice to view the detonation of the hydrogen bomb. He remembers the experience as unbelievable.
Wagner quickly moved up the ranks. In 1959, he became deputy assistant director of the Office of Defense Mobilization, based in Washington. He said working with the president was a great experience. Wagner turned his attention to public relations, where he joined the Washington office of Selvage and Lee as a lobbyist and helped create one of the top public relations firms in Downs & Roosevelt, whose clients included the nations of Portugal, Lebanon, and Iran.
Just a year after developing D&R, Wagner was asked to join presidential candidate Barry Goldwater’s staff as press secretary in 1964. Goldwater’s candidacy proved to be unsuccessful, however, and Goldwater returned to the Senate in 1966, where Wagner wrote a number of his speeches. In 1970, Wagner joined his friend Joseph Baroody to form another PR firm, Wagner & Baroody. The firm was hired by the Republican National Committee and ran the next five Republican national conventions.
The firm came under fire after the Washington Post reported that W&B represented President Richard Nixon’s re-election organization, the Committee to Re-Elect the President. Wagner’s firm was cleared by a federal grand jury of any wrongdoing in the Watergate scandal. Despite the allegations, the firm prospered with such clients as the Republic of Korea, Daewoo, Lucky Goldstar, and Royal Jordanian Airlines and worked closely with representatives from Taiwan. Wagner bought out Baroody in 1987, sold his share to Robert Avary and William Hines and renamed the firm Wagner, Hines & Avary. Wagner retired in 1996 but said he still stops in the office from time to time.
Paul Wagner Net Worth
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