John's political involvement spans decades and includes associations with numerous campaigns. He has vigorously supported and advised a diverse group of elected officials including governors, senators, representatives, mayors and two U.S. presidents. John has been ranked as one of the “Top 50 Influential Democrats in Pennsylvania” by Politics Magazine
, and was also recognized by Philadelphia Magazine as one of its “People to Watch.” In 1994, John was a candidate for Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania. Applying his extensive political experience and knowledge, he also provides political analysis and commentary for television and radio news shows, as well as public affairs programs.
John also has an impressive and diverse background in media, journalism and entertainment. A 1980 graduate of George Washington University, he began his professional career at the Washington Post as a Metropolitan Desk staff member. John then moved into television as an anchor/reporter and talk show host for ABC network affiliates in Virginia. He eventually moved to New York to become Vice President of Motion Picture and Television Development for The Susskind Company, where he was responsible for project acquisitions, contract negotiations and casting. John Saler added yet another dimension to his career when he entered the financial services industry as Senior Vice President of Government Relations for Karr-Barth Associates, a unit of AXA-Equitable. There, he oversaw government finance operations, placing investments for closely held companies and pension funds.
In 1996, John returned to the entertainment industry and co-produced a feature film as the Executive Vice President of East West Film Partners, Inc., a California-based motion picture production and distribution company. “Good Luck” is a critically acclaimed comedy, starring Gregory Hines, Vincent D’Onofrio and James Earl Jones.
His distinguished career has earned him numerous awards and citations, including the Philadelphia Liberty Bell Award for civic involvement, the Equitable National Leader Corps Award, the Project Rainbow Service Award, the Order of Kentucky Colonel’s Citation for public service, the Sigma Delta Chi Award for a co-authored news series in the Washington Post and the American Cancer Society Merit Award.
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