U.S. Chamber of Commerce president and CEO Tom Donohue speaks with reporters at the Christian Science Monitor Breakfast.
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.
At a Monitor Breakfast on April 8, U.S. Chamber president and CEO Tom Donohue told reporters that a potential government shutdown would not "upset economic growth that much." He also stated that Congress is in the midst of a “great sparring match” and that there is a lot of jousting for position on the budget issue.
U.S. Chamber president and CEO Tom Donohue stated at a Monitor sponsored Breakfast that President Obama is maturing and adapting to the global demands and challenges that face him. "He is accommodating himself to the most challenging job in the world," Donohue said.
At a Monitor sponsored Breakfast on Friday, April 8, US Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Tom Donohue spoke with reporters about federal spending and stated that the reactions from both parties and all persuasions on Capitol Hill are beginning to align. "There is a gradual recognition that we either deal with this matter in a relatively timely basis or sometime soon we will be in a position that the Greeks were," Donohue said.