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Think TV Jobs are Tough? Former ABC’er Interviews the Men Who’ve Run the White House

It’s a rare look into how presidential administrations really work: this week, Discovery Channel is airing interviews conducted by longtime ABC Newser Chris Whipple, now an independent producer who sat down with all twenty living former White House Chiefs of Staff.

The Presidents’ Gatekeepers, a four-hour series, continues tonight at 9pET with its second installment, featuring Chiefs ranging from Don Rumsfeld and Dick Cheney to Rahm Emanuel and Leon Panetta.

The official Gatekeepers party was held Tuesday in Washington, with five Chiefs in attendance: Jim Jones (Lyndon Johnson), Jack Watson (Jimmy Carter), and John Sununu (George H.W. Bush) – all pictured above — along with Ken Duberstein (Ronald Reagan) and Josh Bolten (George W. Bush).  Various other politicos and newsers also were there, including ABC’s Political Director Rick Klein.

Tuesday turned out to be a big night for television launch events in DC, with CNN also holding a bash to celebrate the new Crossfire.

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Behind the Throne: White House Chiefs of Staff Talk with Former ABC’er for TV Special

The position of White House Chief of Staff may be the second-toughest job in the world.  It’s also the subject of a new documentary featuring insights from all 19 living former Chiefs.

Longtime ABC Newser Chris Whipple, now an independent producer, logged about 70 hours of interviews with members of this exclusive club for ”The Presidents’ Gatekeepers”. Viewers will hear from Chiefs ranging from Dick Cheney to Leon Panetta and Rahm Emanuel. Former presidents Jimmy Carter and George H.W. Bush also weigh in.

Before leaving network news about two years ago, Whipple spent nearly two decades at ABC, serving most recently as EP of the “What Would You Do?” series.  Earlier, Whipple was a CBS News producer with”60 Minutes”.

“Gatekeepers” runs four hours, and is scheduled to air in July on Discovery Channel.