Jon Meacham is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of American Lion and Franklin and Winston, former Editor of Newsweek, and Executive Vice President and Executive Editor at Random House Publishing.
Arriving at Newsweek as a writer in 1995, he became National Affairs Editor that year, was named Managing Editor in 1998 and served as Editor from 2006 until September 2010. Meacham served as co-anchor of PBS' Need To Know, a weekly primetime news and public affairs program from 2010 to 2011. Recently stepping back from this role, he'll continue to conduct in-depth interviews, provide commentary, publish his “In Perspective” essays, and anchor occasional special reports for Need to Know, as well as other PBS programs.
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. He is currently editing a book by former Vice President Al Gore and a series of e-books published by Politico on the 2012 presidential campaign, as well as working on two new books of his own.
His book American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House was published by Random House in November 2008. It debuted at #2 on The New York Times bestseller list and became a Times Notable Book. On April 20, 2009, American Lion was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for biography.
Meacham is also the author of two other New York Times bestsellers—American Gospel: God, the Founding Fathers (2006), and the Making of a Nation and Franklin and Winston: An Intimate Portrait of an Epic Friendship (2003), about the wartime relationship between Roosevelt and Churchill. Franklin and Winston was named a Los Angeles Times book of the year and won The Churchill Centre’s 2005 Emery Reves Award for the best book of the year on Winston Churchill.
He has written for The New York Times Book Review, The Washington Post, Slate, and The Los Angeles Times Book Review. In 2001, he edited Voices in Our Blood: America’s Best on the Civil Rights Movement (Random House), a collection of distinguished nonfiction about the mid-century struggle against Jim Crow. In 2009, Meacham was elected to the Society of American Historians and serves on its executive board. He has served as a judge for the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award and was awarded the Hubert H. Humphrey First Amendment Freedoms Prize by the Anti-Defamation League.
Born in Chattanooga in 1969, Meacham holds a B.A. in English Literature from The University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee. He now serves on the university’s governing Board of Regents. He is a “Global Leader for Tomorrow” of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He is a communicant of St. Thomas Episcopal Church Fifth Avenue, where he serves on the Vestry of the 180-year-old parish, and is a member of the Vestry of Trinity Church Wall Street. In 2005, he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from the Berkeley Divinity School at Yale University and holds three other honorary doctorates.
Date: Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Place: Annunciation Center, Dolan Performance Hall
Tickets: $25 for general public; $10 non-CSE students (with student ID)
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“I could use one of the following words to describe his presentation: awesome, fabulous, great, impressive... better yet two words: beyond expectations. Jon Meacham was one of the best in the last ten years.”
- Trinity University
“We had a wonderful event last night, and Jon was everything we know and more. A great address, by turns serious and witty, generous with his time at the book signing and with well-wishers after the address.”
- Upcountry History Museum and Furman University
“Jon Meacham was excellent! We had a crowd of about 25 at dinner, and I think he talked with all of them and signed a book for all of them. He’s very good in that setting. At the lecture, we had about 900, and it was very engaged crowd. He gave a great speech. In short, it couldn’t have gone better.”
- University of Texas-Arlington