James Cannon wrote the essay on Gerald Ford for Character Above All, published earlier this year by Simon & Schuster. He also participated in the PBS television adaptation of the book.
Mr. Cannon was an assistant to President Ford for Domestic Affairs and Executive Director of the Domestic Council during the Ford Administration. He is also the author of Time and Chance: Gerald Ford's Appointment with History (1994).
Mr. Cannon has a background in both journalism and politics. His journalism career began at the Gloversville (NY) Leader-Republican and continued at the Baltimore Sun, and Time and Newsweek magazines. In his political career he has been an assistant to Governor Nelson Rockefeller of New York and Chief of Staff to Senate Majority Leader Howard Baker.
He holds a B.S. degree in Business Administration from the University of Alabama. He is married to Cherie Dawson and has two sons and one grandson.
Mr. Cannon now works as a writer and political adviser in Washington, DC.