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Gormley in Clinton film

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Pittsburgh's Ken Gormley -- author of the essential "The Death of American Virtue: Clinton vs Starr" -- is interviewed in next week's "Clinton" on PBS. The two-part film debuts Feb. 20-21.

"I had a keen sense that the filmmakers were intent on capturing for the show the 'true' Bill Clinton-both his brilliant successes as a public figure and his failures that caused him to be dogged by scandal," Gormley said in a statement. "It should be an incredible film."

Gormley is the dean of the Duquesne Law School. Press release from the school below:

Duquesne University School of Law Dean Ken Gormley will be among the experts featured in the two-part, four-hour PBS special, American Experience: Clinton, on Feb. 20-21. Gormley will appear in the second-part of the special airing from 8 to 10 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 21, on WQED-TV, Pittsburgh's PBS station. An Emmy award-winning show,American Experience highlights the people and stories that have shaped the nation's past and present.

Gormley was sought out for the show based on his highly acclaimed book, The Death of American Virtue: Clinton vs. Starr. Released in 2010 by Crown Publishing Group, the book focuses on the scandal that marred the presidency of President Bill Clinton. The Death of American Virtue made the New York Times bestseller list and earned an ABA Silver Gavel award.

During his interview for the show, Gormley said he described the complex scandals-from Whitewater to Paula Jones to Monica Lewinsky-that nearly toppled the Clinton presidency and led to the second impeachment trials of a president in American history.

"I had a keen sense that the filmmakers were intent on capturing for the show the 'true' Bill Clinton-both his brilliant successes as a public figure and his failures that caused him to be dogged by scandal," Gormley explained. "It should be an incredible film."

In its description of the American Experience special, the film "explores the fascinating story of an American president who rose from a turbulent childhood in Arkansas to become one of the most successful politicians in modern American history and one of the most complex and conflicted characters ever to stride across the public stage."

In addition to Gormley, other figures interviewed for the episode include White House Chief of Staff Leon Panetta, White House Press Secretary Dee Dee Meyers, White House Counsel Bernard Nussbaum, former Independent Counsel Ken Starr, journalists and many others.

"It was an honor to be part of such a major, historical film on the Clinton presidency," said Gormley. "The American Experience series represents the gold standard for serious documentaries that contribute to understanding and preserving our nation's history."

Duquesne University
Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic research universities for its award-winning faculty and tradition of academic excellence. The University is nationally ranked by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Reviewfor its rich academic programs in 10 schools of study for 10,000-plus graduate and undergraduate students, and by the Washington Monthly for service and contributing to students' social mobility. Duquesne is a member of the U.S. President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for its contributions to Pittsburgh and communities around the globe. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and thePrinceton Review's Guide to Green Colleges acknowledge Duquesne's commitment to sustainability.

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