Past Speakers

Over 220 distinguished speakers have participated in The Forum since its inception in 1987. Our list of alumni includes past U.S. presidents, sitting heads of state, leaders from the sciences, arts, business, and more. This alphabetical list contains all individuals who have taken our stage as speaker, panelist, or moderator. Those alumni who have returned to The Forum multiple times have been marked accordingly.

  • Madeleine Albright
  • Alan Alda
  • Keith Alexander
  • Lamar Alexander
  • Ayaan Hirsi Ali
  • Terry Anderson
  • Julie Andrews
  • Neil Armstrong
  • Reza Aslan
  • James A. Baker III
  • Robert Ballard (1999, 2011)
  • James Balog
  • Ehud Barak
  • Dave Barry
  • Robert Bennett
  • William Bennett
  • Candice Bergen
  • Ben Bernanke
  • Michael Beschloss
  • Benazir Bhutto
  • David Blaine
  • Tony Blair
  • Ed Bradley
  • Terry Bradshaw
  • Ray Brady (1997, 2000)
  • Todd Brewster
  • Tom Brokaw
  • David Brooks
  • Joyce Brothers
  • Gordon Brown
  • Art Buchwald (1988, 1991)
  • William Buckley
  • Dan Buettner
  • James Burke
  • Ken Burns
  • George H.W. Bush
  • George W. Bush
  • Laura Bush
  • Frank Cappiello
  • Frank Carlucci
  • Hodding Carter
  • James Carville
  • Rosanne Cash
  • Dick Cavett
  • Eugene Cernan
  • Marvin Cetron
  • John Chancellor
  • George Church
  • Tom Clancy
  • Dick Clark
  • Marcia Clark
  • Bill Clinton
  • Glenn Close
  • Michael Connors
  • Alistair Cooke
  • Anderson Cooper
  • Patricia Cornwell
  • Bill Cosby
  • Jean-Michel Cousteau
  • Walter Cronkite
  • William Crowe
  • Harry S. Dent
  • Peter Diamandis
  • Jared Diamond
  • Lou Dobbs
  • Sam Donaldson
  • John Donvan
  • Michael Douglas
  • Frank Drake
  • Paul Duke (1987, 1990)
  • Mohamed ElBaradei
  • Rafe Esquith
  • Howard Fineman
  • Carly Fiorina
  • Steve Forbes
  • Vicente Fox
  • Tommy Franks
  • Louis Freeh
  • Thomas L. Friedman
  • David Frost
  • Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (2008, 2016)
  • Robert Gates
  • Frank Gehry
  • Marc Gellman
  • David Gergen
  • Gabrielle Giffords
  • Julia Gillard
  • Newt Gingrich (2000, 2018)
  • Rudolph W. Giuliani
  • Malcolm Gladwell
  • John Glenn
  • Jane Goodall
  • Doris Kearns Goodwin (1997, 2002, 2013, 2017)
  • Mikhail Gorbachev
  • Bettina Gregory
  • Alexander Haig
  • David Hartman
  • Thomas Hartman
  • Carla Hills
  • Hal Holbrook
  • Michael Holland
  • Philip K. Howard
  • Ron Howard
  • Gwen Ifill (2002, 2003)
  • Walter Isaacson
  • Peter Jennings
  • Quincy Jones
  • Marvin Kalb
  • Hiroki Kato
  • Mark Kelly
  • William Kelso
  • Jack Kemp
  • B.B. King
  • Larry King
  • Jeane Kirkpatrick
  • Henry Kissinger
  • Ted Koppel
  • Charles Krauthammer
  • John Krubski
  • Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
  • Charles Kuralt (1987, 1996)
  • Tony Kushner
  • Sherry Lansing
  • Jim Lehrer
  • Daniel Levitin
  • Mara Liasson
  • Howie Long
  • James Lovell
  • Peter Lynch
  • John Major
  • Wynton Marsalis
  • Steve Martin
  • Frank McCourt
  • David McCullough (1997, 2002)
  • Charles McDowell
  • Robert McFarlane
  • George McGovern
  • Victor McKusick
  • Jon Meacham (2009, 2017)
  • Marc Micozzi
  • Arthur Miller
  • George Mitchell
  • Mary Tyler Moore
  • Greg Mortenson
  • Bill Moyers
  • Robert Mueller
  • Brian Mulroney
  • Maajid Nawaz
  • Marion Nestle
  • Benjamin Netanyahu
  • Bob Newhart
  • Edwin Newman
  • Queen Noor
  • Diana Nyad
  • Barack Obama
  • Nate Parker
  • Shimon Peres
  • H. Ross Perot
  • T. Boone Pickens
  • Platon
  • David Plouffe
  • Michael Pollan
  • Colin Powell (1994, 2006)
  • Samantha Power
  • Vladimir Pozner
  • William Proxmire
  • Charles Rangel
  • Feisal Abdul Rauf
  • Robert Redford
  • Robert Reich
  • Daphne Maxwell Reid
  • Tim Reid (2012, 2013)
  • Carl Reiner
  • Condoleeza Rice
  • Cal Ripken, Jr.
  • Ken Robinson
  • Mary Robinson
  • Smokey Robinson
  • Andy Rooney
  • Warren Rudman
  • Louis Rukeyser
  • William Rushner
  • Mark Russell
  • Tim Russert (1999, 2005)
  • Burt Rutan
  • Dick Rutan
  • Carl Sagan
  • Pierre Salinger
  • Michael Sandel
  • Diane Sawyer
  • Joe Scarborough
  • Helmut Schmidt
  • Norman Schwarzkopf
  • Brent Scowcroft
  • Robert Shiller
  • Martin Short
  • Jeremy Siegel
  • Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
  • Rodney Smolla
  • Larry Speakes
  • Steven Spielberg
  • Sheila Tate
  • Margaret Thatcher
  • Fred Thompson
  • Krista Tippett
  • Alvin Toffler
  • Lily Tomlin
  • Calvin Trillin
  • Garry Trudeau
  • Desmond Tutu
  • Neil deGrasse Tyson
  • Paul A. Volcker
  • Rick Wagoner
  • Chris Wallace
  • Mike Wallace
  • Barbara Walters
  • Andrew Lloyd Webber
  • George Will
  • Russell Wilson
  • Oprah Winfrey
  • Tom Wolfe
  • Bob Woodward
  • Kym Worthy
  • Fareed Zakaria