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Kingsport native Wendell Potter to sign copies of his latest book

Marci Gore • Apr 19, 2016 at 1:33 PM

KINGSPORT — Kingsport native and investigative journalist, Wendell Potter, will speak and sign copies of his books at I Love Books Bookstore this week.

The event will begin at 7 p.m., Thursday in the JCPenney Court of the Kingsport Town Center.

Potter recently published a book about the impact of money in American politics, “Nation on the Take: How Big Money Corrupts our Democracy and What We Can Do about It.”

Potter and his co-author, Nick Penniman, are both journalists and public-policy analysts.

Potter has also written “Deadly Spin: An Insurance Company Insider Speaks Out on How Corporate PR Is Killing Health Care and Deceiving Americans”.

It was when Potter visited a Remote Area Medical facility in nearby Wise, Va. that he says he saw the depth of the need for adequate healthcare, realizing that some of those with no healthcare could have been people he knew or people in his own family.

Potter has more than four decades of experience as a communications professional, going back to his teenage years in Tennessee, where he served as a high school correspondent to his hometown paper, the Kingsport Times-News. His journalism career would later take him to Memphis, Nashville, and finally Washington, D.C., where he covered Congress, the White House and the Supreme Court for Scripps-Howard Newspapers.

Although best known for his career in corporate public relations, Potter has also served as press secretary to a Tennessee gubernatorial candidate, head of advertising and PR for a large integrated health care system in East Tennessee, a partner in an Atlanta public relations firm and a state and federal lobbyist.

His first corporate job was at Humana Inc., where he headed the company’s communications department in Louisville, Ky. From there he was recruited to Cigna Corporation, where he served in a variety of positions.

Eventually, Potter left his corporate career to advocate for healthcare reform, making headlines in 2009 when he stated, in Congressional testimony, how insurance companies, as part of their efforts to boost profits, contributed to healthcare costs and the growing number of Americans without health insurance.

Since then, he has spoken at more than 200 public forums and authored the award-winning book, “Deadly Spin, An Insurance Company Insider Speaks Out on How Corporate PR Is Killing Health Care and Deceiving Americans”. His latest offering is an eBook entitled, “Obamacare: What’s in It for Me? What Everyone Needs to Know about the Affordable Care Act.”

In addition to serving as president of Wendell Potter Consulting, Potter is also a columnist for The Center for Public Integrity, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that produces original investigative journalism. He also writes for The Huffington Post and www.healthinsurance.org. His articles have appeared in numerous publications including Newsweek, The Nation, The Guardian (UK), CNN.com, NBC.com, The Tampa Bay Times and Democracy Journal.

Potter has been the subject of numerous articles in the U.S. and foreign media, including The New York Times and The Washington Post, and has appeared frequently as a guest on ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX News Channel, MSNBC, PBS and NPR.

Potter also has served as a consumer representative to the National Association of Insurance Commissioners.

For more information about Potter, visit http://wendellpotter.com/.

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