Recently named Adjunct Professor of the Year at American University’s School of Communication, novelist and speechwriter Bob Lehrman has taught public speaking at AU since 1998 and in 2005 created AU’s popular course in speechwriting. Former White House Chief Speechwriter for Vice President Al Gore, Lehrman has written thousands of speeches for Democratic politicians at the highest levels, as well as for nonprofit heads, corporate CEOs and entertainers. He has also written award winning novels for young adults, and the highly-praised novel for grown-ups: Defectors (Morrow, 1987). Lehrman’s new book, The Political Speechwriter’s Companion (CQPress 2009) has won bi-partisan praise from politicians, journalists and academics. A frequent guest on radio and TV, Lehrman, a Tufts University and University of Iowa Writer’s Workshop graduate, comments on political speech in newspaper and magazine op-eds and articles, and in lectures at campuses around the country.