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Arnie Arnesen - Media Personality -Keynote Speaker

"a spine is a terrible thing to waste"

In 1997 Arnie's aptly titled column in the Boston Globe urged the New Hampshire Governor and Representatives to show their spines and solve the school funding dilemma. They didn't but every one of them was made aware of the dead-on charge from this feisty politician-in-recovery, media gadfly and frustrated mom.

During her run as Democratic nominee for Governor in 1992, Arnie challenged the status quo. Her primary run was against the Party Chair and a 5-term Congressman a tall order for any candidate, but even more notable, because she was the first woman in state history to run on a major party platform for state wide office. She beat both men two to one in the highest primary turnout in state history, even today. Former Governor Sununu's charismatic Attorney General won the seat, but it was an emotional highly charged race that caught the attention and the passion of the national media.

To the run for Governor add being the Democratic nominee for Congress in 1996 and a laundry list of awards and achievements. In 1990 she was awarded the Council of State Government's Toll Fellowship, which recognizes the 30 best and brightest emerging leaders in the nation from all three branches of state government, was named Environmentalist of the Year by the NH Sierra Club and Citizen of the Year by the NH Association of Social Workers and the list goes on. She was a Fellow at Harvard's Institute of Politics and was selected as one of 27 national female leaders featured in the Kennedy Schools recently released Skirting Traditions Women in Politics Speak To the Next Generation. Arnie was elected twice to the National Board of Common Cause in Washington DC and in a virtual election held by the New England Board of Higher Education, Arnie was voted the first Governor of the State of New England, beating a cadre of impressive candidates including, James Douglas, current Governor of Vermont and Bruce Sundlun, former Governor of Rhode Island. (How could she lose with a slogan like: Think regionally or die.) Vermont Law School likewise highlighted her accomplishments in a booklet acknowledging the award of the schools 5,000th degree. Arnie's speech to the 2006 graduates of VLS was acclaimed for the lasting message she gave to tomorrow's lawyers.

Arnie's real love is speaking. She began doing AM radio in 1988 and realized the power of talking one-on-one with tens of thousands of people. She uses her microphone to teach everything to everyone. Nothing compares with spending three hours a day having experts on any given subject make you and your audience more informed and smarter. It leads to smarter choices and her listeners made smart, informed decisions in 2004. Her talents are regularly noticed by her peers. In 2000, Talkers Magazine recognized her and her co-host as one of the 100 most powerful talk show hosts in America. She has been New Hampshire Association of Broadcaster’s Air Personality of the Year for the past two years – a feat never before attained in the state.

In addition to radio, Arnie has outstanding TV credentials. Her Capital Ideas was judged the Best TV Talk Show of 2003. Nationally, nearly all the media seek Arnie’s political analysis. She is a regular analyst on New England Cable News and occasionally appears on Diplomatic Immunity on TV Ontario. As the political primary heated up, so did her national stage. She became a regular analyst on MSNBC’ Hardball, C-SPAN aired her three hour radio show, and CNN, TV Australia and FOX came calling.

When Arnie speaks you want to be involved. She makes it cool once again to be ethical, to admire the media and to have a community spirit.

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Speaking and Seminar Topics

  • Frame your issue, develop your message, pitch your story, get noticed and make a difference
  • How to schmooze the media? Tips from someone who has done it all...print, radio, TV and politics
  • Moral America....I know it when I see it
  • What women want? This is NOT a sex work, at home, in politics, of life
  • Missing in America....Generational Ethics (aka Why does nobody give a sh... anymore?)
  • Don't get mad, get funny – Talking tough, showing leadership andd turning your achilles heel into your hammer
  • Presidential Primary politics – who is on first, who is on it iis shaking out and
    don't you wish you lived in NH too!!!!