Stephen Hess "is a senior fellow emeritus in governance studies at the Brookings Institution and one of the foremost authorities on media and government in the United States. He first joined Brookings in 1972 and is now also distinguished research professor of media and public affairs at The George Washington University. He has served on the White House staffs of Presidents Dwight Eisenhower and Richard Nixon, and has been an adviser to Presidents Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter.
"At different points in his career, Hess has concurrently served as a fellow in the Faculty of Government at Harvard University and as U.S. representative to the United Nations General Assembly in 1976 and at the UNESCO General Conference in 1974. Prior to joining Brookings, he was the national chairman for the White House Conference on Children and Youth from 1969 to 1971, and was the deputy assistant to the president for urban affairs in 1969. He has participated in many U.S. cultural missions around the world and has worked in key consultant and adviser capacities for the Russell Sage Foundation, the German Marshall Fund and the U.S. government. He has lectured at over fifty colleges and universities.
"In 2008, Hess will produce a new book, "What Do We Do Now?", a workbook for the president-elect and a revised edition, with Sandy Northrop, of "Drawn and Quartered: The History of American Political Cartoons."" 
- Advisory Board, Shorenstein Center for Press, Politics, and Public Policy
- Executive Branch Commission, American Institutions of Democracy
- Media Advisory Panel (2007), Azimuth Media