Press: A Diplomat on the Podium

Hodding Carter, the new voice of America

To many Americans, the coolest and most visible U.S. official throughout the tense Iranian crisis has been a man few of them had ever heard of: Hodding Carter III, the State Department's chief spokesman. Each day at noon, he has faced an obstreperous crowd of 100 or so reporters in Room 2118 of the department's headquarters, fully aware that a slip on his part could provoke tragedy in Tehran. Nearly every night a portion of his performance is replayed on the network news programs. Precise, articulate and diplomatic for the most part, Carter has...

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