Brian Lamb

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Brian Patrick Lamb (born October 9, 1941 in Lafayette, Indiana) is the founder and CEO of C-SPAN-the Cable-Satellite Public Affairs Network.

After graduating from Purdue University with a Bachelor of Arts degree, he joined the U.S. Navy. Lamb went to Washington in 1967 to become Senate press secretary and a White House telecommunications policy staffer.[1] In 1974 he began publishing a biweekly newsletter, The Media Report. By 1977, he launched the not-for-profit C-SPAN. On March 19, 1979 they covered the first televised session of the U.S. House of Representatives and Lamb held his first call-in show in 1980. C-Span now has three cable-TV channels and C-Span Radio is carried nationwide on the XM network. Lamb has hosted C-Span programs such as Washington Journal and Booknotes, and has interviewed every U.S. President since Lyndon Johnson.[2] He is an Independent who has never said his own name on television.[3]

In January 2010, Lamb sent a letter to lawmakers asking them to air health care negotiations after President Obama repeatedly stated it would be aired on C-span during the 2008 Presidential Election.[4]

Brian Lamb is the author of three books and currently resides in Arlington, Virginia.

On November 5, 2007, President George W. Bush presented Lamb with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.[5]


  • "C-Span is not television. It’s the antithesis of everything else on the air."
  • "This is the only place where the public has a leading role. We’re the voice of the nation." [6]


  5. President Bush Honors Medal of Freedom Recipients. Retrieved on November 23, 2012.