Tom Donohue, President of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, sits down for a conversation with attendees of The Monitor Breakfast. Among other topics, Mr. Donohue discusses the Chamber's role in the 2010 elections, the impact of various Congressional actions on businesses and job creation, the role of unions in blocking trade deals, and the Schumer/Van Hollen campaign finance legislation.
David Cook is Senior Editor and Washington bureau chief of The Christian Science Monitor. He oversees the Monitor's 9-person bureau in the nation's capital, hosts the Monitor's newsmaker breakfasts, and writes for csmonitor.com.
For over 40 years, Monitor breakfasts have brought journalists together with key public officials to talk about the issues of the day in a candid, in-depth fashion. Since their start in 1966, four US presidents, five vice presidents, and countless cabinet and congressional officials have been guests at the 3,600 breakfasts the Monitor has hosted.
When Monitor correspondent Jill Carroll was held captive in Iraq for 82 days in 2006, Cook served as the Monitor's spokesperson and appeared on numerous national broadcasts including "Today," "Nightline," "The News Hour with Jim Lehrer," and "ABC World News Tonight."
From August 1994 through July 2001, Cook served as editor of The Christian Science Monitor. During his term, the Monitor's print edition was redesigned, csmonitor.com was launched, and the paper won numerous awards including the 1996 Pulitzer Prize for international reporting.
Previously Cook was editor of Monitor Broadcasting which produced daily radio news programs heard on 200 public radio stations. He also served as managing editor of the Monitor's Emmy award-winning nightly television news program "World Monitor."
His current assignment is Cook's third tour in Washington. During two previous postings in the nation's capital he covered economic policy. He also has been a Detroit-based correspondent for Business Week.
Cook was awarded a Bagehot Fellowship in Business and Economic Journalism by Columbia University. He is a graduate of Principia College, attended the Advanced Management Program at Michigan State University, and served in the U.S. Army. He is a member of the Gridiron Club, Washington's oldest journalistic organization, and the father of three grown sons.
Thomas J. Donohue
Thomas J. Donohue is the President and CEO of the United States Chamber of Commerce located in Washington, DC. The United State Chamber of Commerce is a generally conservative group that supports pro-business causes, and it is the largest and oldest trade association in the United States. As its president, Donohue has increased the Chamber's profile in Washington.
Before joining the Chamber in 1997, Donohue was the President and CEO of American Trucking Associations for 13 years.
Speaking at The Monitor Breakfast, US Chamber of Commerce CEO Tom Donohue, addresses liability legislation proposed in the wake of the BP Oil Spill. Mr. Donohue says money for clean-up will have to come from both the involved companies and from the government, but describes new "punitive" measures as "running out and changing the rules in the middle game."