Steve Grove ’00 Hangs Out with President Obama

Steve Grove ’00, head of News and Politics (YouTube) at Google, moderatedand asked questions duringa much-hyped Q&A session with President Barack Obama on Feb. 6.

The live chat (called Google + Hangout) appeared on the search engine’s YouTube site.

Grove directs the news and political content strategy and programming for YouTube. In 2008, he developed YouTube’s political platform, which drew presidential and congressional candidates to the site; he then launched the award-winning CNN/YouTube Debates, the first-ever web-to-TV political debates, during which candidates answered questions submitted on YouTube.

The Q&A session wasn’t Grove’s first brush with our nation’s chief executive. In 2010, Grove debuted an exclusive interview in which he posed user-submitted questions to the president; YouTube repeated the format in 2011 and has since scaled it to world leaders globally.

A PPE major at CMC, Grove also excelled as a student-athlete, captaining and earning All-American recognition on the CMS track & field team; his school record in the 400 IM hurdles still stands. In 2000, Grove received the Bill Dickenson Award, for CMS student-athletes who best exemplify sportsmanship.

To view the video of Steve Grove moderating the Q&A session with President Obama, click here. Be sure to scroll the page and locate the title “Your Interview with the President – 2012