Inside Media: Pete Williams

July 19, 2008

Guest: Pete Williams

Making a transition from being a member of the press, to working in government — and back — was "a little bit of a head snap both ways," said Pete Williams.

Williams, who has covered the Supreme Court and the Justice Department for NBC News the past 15 years, was press secretary to then Rep. Dick Cheney in the 1980s, and later was the Pentagon’s chief spokesperson. He returned to journalism in 1993.

"The first thing you miss is the access to the information, because that’s what we spend so much of our time here trying to get out of people," he said.

His experience in government service has helped his work, he said.

"I feel lucky to have worked in the government. I think being on the inside and seeing how it worked has been an advantage."

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