Just as a gaggle is an informal political press briefing, The Gaggle is a 20-minute casual weekly conversation, released every Monday, that focuses on politics, media and political culture. The Gaggle presents behind-the-scenes perspectives from leaders living their everyday lives in the political, journalistic or governmental spheres, providing special insights into what makes them tick.
Host David Helfenbeinis a strategic communication and public affairs expert focused on branding, crisis communication and government relations. Under President Obama, David was appointed Social Media Coordinator for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Special Assistant to the Secretary in the Office of White House Liaison, both at the U.S. Department of State. Before the State Department, he worked on Clinton's Senate staff, focusing on appropriations and grants. David also worked for The Brookings Institution for congressional scholar Thomas E. Mann and MSNBC's Morning Joe television show. In addition to hosting The Gaggle Podcast, he also writes for HuffPost.