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Dan Werner

Dan, a member of the Congregation for 25 years, is vice chair of the Amram Scholar Series, for which he often serves as moderator. He also participated as a discussion leader in WHC's first Congregational Conversations, focused on Ari Shavit’s book My Promised Land, and has organized numerous political debate-style programs for the Congregation during election years. A former member of the Religious School Committee, Dan volunteered as a Mitzvah Day team leader for more than 15 years.

Dan is an executive producer at Newshour Productions, LLC, where he created and produces the.News, a weekly online youth news program that is distributed to schools. He also originated and serves as executive producer of By the People, a project of public television and Stanford University’s Center for Deliberative Democracy that generates civic engagement activities and television programs on controversial public issues in the United States and abroad.

Dan graduated with honors in political science from New York University before earning both law and journalism degrees from Columbia University. In 1974, working as Fred Friendly’s teaching assistant at the Columbia University School of Journalism, he assisted in the publication of the book, The Good Guys, the Bad Guys and the First Amendment. Dan’s wife, Leslie Maitland, served as an officer of the Congregation and chairs the Amram Scholar Series. They have two children, Zachary and Ariel.

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