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Ex-White House official Denis McDonough to headline MinnPost’s 10th Anniversary Celebration

McDonough, a Stillwater native who served as President Obama’s chief of staff from 2013 to 2017, will be the featured guest at the Oct. 13 event.

Denis McDonough, left, shaking hands with then-President Barack Obama during McDonough's chief-of-staff nomination announcement on Jan. 25, 2013.
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Former White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough – who served under President Barack Obama from 2013 to 2017 – will be the featured guest at MinnPost’s 10th Anniversary Celebration.

McDonough, a Stillwater native, will be interviewed by MinnPost Editor Andy Putz on stage at the Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts in Minneapolis on Friday, Oct. 13, in a conversation that will offer his insights on the unique challenges of serving the president, the performance of Donald Trump’s White House and life as a Minnesotan in Washington, D.C.

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The event is a fundraiser for MinnPost. Multi-ticket sponsorship packages to the event are on sale now; individual tickets will go on sale in early September. More information is available at

McDonough was the last and longest-serving of Obama’s five chiefs of staff, holding the position throughout Obama’s second term. Prior to that, McDonough served the Obama administration in a number of high-level national security positions.

Now a senior principal of the Markle Foundation, McDonough has recently been in the news talking about everything from the chief-of-staff’s role in the White House to the Obama administration’s response to Russian hacking.