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A Conversation with Judy Smith: The Inspiration Behind Scandal

June 16, 2016

Participant: Judy Smith
Moderated by Jane McGarry

The Bush Center hosted the inspiration behind the hit TV show Scandal, Judy Smith, as she discusses what being a “fixer” is really all about and pulls back the curtain to discuss fact vs. fiction.

Ms. Smith, a co-executive producer on Scandal, is the founder and President of Smith & Co., a leading strategic and crisis communications firm with offices in Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles. Over the last 25 years, Ms. Smith has brought her unique combination of communications skills, media savvy, legal, and political acumen to clients facing a wide array of issues and challenges throughout the United States and overseas. Having represented a broad range of clients from Fortune 500 companies to sports stars, celebrities, and politicians, Ms. Smith has played a key role in many sensational and noteworthy events.

Earlier in her career, Ms. Smith served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney and Deputy Press Secretary in the White House of President George H.W. Bush.