Peter M. Robinson

Peter M. Robinson is a research fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution specializing in business and politics. He edits the Hoover Digest and hosts the television program Uncommon Knowledge. Robinson has also written three books, including an autobiographical account of his time in the Reagan administration entitled How Ronald Reagan Changed My Life. After graduating from Dartmouth College, he began his career as chief speechwriter for Vice President George H. W. Bush, and was later transferred to President Ronald Reagan’s staff. In this capacity, Robinson accompanied President Reagan to West Berlin in June 1987 and wrote the speech that contained Reagan’s famous phrase “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall.” Robinson wrote more than three hundred speeches during his time at the White House before attending Stanford University where he received his MBA in 1990. After receiving his MBA, Robinson served as press secretary to the Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission before returning to Stanford to become a research fellow at the Hoover Institution.