Jason Stanford ’92
Editor, Moscow Guardian (1992). Reporter/Researcher, Los Angeles Times, Moscow bureau (1993). Dept. Press Secretary to Texas Gov. Ann Richards (1994). President, Stanford Campaigns (1997-2010). Currently Jason works as a Communications Director at Mayor of Austin and he is a regular Op-ed contributor at Austin American Statement and Columnist at Cagle Cartoons (read some journalistic entries by Jason here - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jason-stanford.
“If the Communist hardliners had not tried to overthrow Gorbachev in the summer of 1991, I’m sure my life would have turned out much differently. That political turmoil cancelled my LC trip to Russia, which meant that I spent my last semester on campus researching and writing my thesis on the Soviet press under Glasnost. In retrospect, it was this unexpected semester of in-depth study that proved the defining experience in my becoming one of the Democratic Party’s top opposition research consultants in the country. My faculty advisors, who included Donna and Tatiana, encouraged me to pursue independent research using primary sources and would not settle for less than original analysis. These standards have proved vital to my vocation.I spent my final semester studying in Moscow. While fellow graduates competed for bartending jobs in a recession, living in Moscow gave me incredible work experience as the editor of an expatriate magazine and a reporter in the Los Angeles Times’ Moscow bureau. It was in Moscow, oddly enough, that I made the professional connections that led me to Texas politics, where I still make my geographic and professional home.
So, to those long departed Commies, thank you, good night and good luck.”