Pulitzer Prize Winning Author, Co-Anchor of PBS's Need to Know and Former Editor of Newsweek
About the Speaker
Co-anchor of PBS's Need to Know, former Editor of Newsweek, and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of American Lion and Franklin and Winston, Jon Meacham is one of America's most distinguished journalists and public intellectuals. Known as a skilled raconteur and an eloquent speaker with a depth of knowledge about history, politics and religion, he understands important issues and events in all of their complexity and how they impact our lives.
In May 2010, Meacham began co-anchoring PBS' Need To Know, a weekly primetime news and public affairs program covering the economy, politics, the environment and energy, health, national security and culture. As Executive Vice President and Executive Editor at the Random House Publishing Group, Meacham focuses on acquiring works of history, religion and biography and advising on a broad array of publishing opportunities, including digital initiatives.
After serving as Managing Editor of Newsweek for eight years, Meacham was responsible for all day-to-day editorial operations of the magazine as Editor from October 2006 until September 2010. The New York Times called him “one of the most influential editors in the news magazine business." The New York Observer described him as ""the embodiment of... integrity in a journalism industry looking for heroes.""
His New York Times bestseller, American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House, won the Pulitzer Prize for biography in 2009 and was cited as an “unlikely portrait of a not always admirable democrat, but a pivotal president, written with an agile prose that brings the Jackson saga to life.”
His national bestseller, Franklin and Winston: An Intimate Portrait of an Epic Friendship, explored the fascinating relationship between the two leaders who piloted the free world to victory in World War II. TIME declared it “masterful,” and The Washington Post proclaimed it “a memorable achievement.” Meacham's American Gospel: God, the Founding Fathers, and the Making of a Nation was also a New York Times bestseller. USA Today said it “provides an enlightening look at how the founding fathers discovered ways to tame but not extinguish the fires of faith.”
In 2009, Meacham was elected to the Society of American Historians and serves on its executive board. He was awarded the Hubert H. Humphrey First Amendment Freedoms Prize by the Anti-Defamation League. He runs a popular blog about religious life in America with writer Sally Quinn. He has written for The New York Times, BusinessWeek, The Washington Post, Slate, and The Los Angeles Times. In 2001, he edited Voices in Our Blood: America’s Best on the Civil Rights Movement.
A member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a “Global Leader for Tomorrow” of the World Economic Forum in Davos, he is a regular guest on Morning Joe and has appeared on such programs as Charlie Rose, Meet The Press, The O’Reilly Factor and The Colbert Report.