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Award-winning author, journalist and documentary filmmaker, syndicated columnist and Senior Lecturer at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Southern California

Dr. Richard Reeves

Richard visited with students at Stanford in Summer 2010

Richard Reeves, an author and syndicated columnist whose column has appeared in more than 100 newspapers since 1979, has received dozens of awards for his work in print, television and film.

Educated as a mechanical engineer, Richard Reeves began his career in journalism at the age of 23, founding the Phillipsburg Free Press in Phillipsburg, N.J. He has been a correspondent for the Newark Evening News and the New York Herald Tribune and was the Chief Political Correspondent of The New York Times. He has also written for numerous other publications, becoming National Editor and Columnist for Esquire and New York Magazine along the way. Named a "literary lion" by the New York Public Library, Reeves has won a number of print journalism awards and has been a Pulitzer Prize finalist and juror.

In 1975, Reeves published his first book, A Ford, Not a Lincoln. His President Kennedy: Profile of Power, considered the authoritative work on the 35th President, has won several national awards and was named the Best Non-Fiction Book of 1993 by Time and Book of the Year by Washington Monthly.

Reeves has also worked extensively on television and in film. He was Chief Correspondent on Frontline. He has made six television films and won all of television's major documentary awards: the Emmy for Lights, Camera... Politics! for ABC News; the Columbia-DuPont Award for Struggle for Birmingham for PBS; and the George Foster Peabody Award for Red Star over Khyber for PBS. He has also appeared in two feature films, Dave and Seabiscuit.

In 1998, he won the Carey McWilliams Award of the American Political Science Association for distinguished contributions to the understanding of American politics. He was the Goldman Lecturer on American Civilization and Government at the Library of Congress that year; the lectures were published by Harvard University Press under the title What the People Know: Freedom and the Press.

In 2007, W.W. Norton published his biography - and re-creation of the experiments - of Ernest Rutherford, the Nobel prizewinning physicist, who was born on the frontier of New Zealand in 1871 and went on to become the greatest experimental scientist of his time, discovering the unimagined subatomic world we now know and then splitting the atom he first envisioned.

In 2010, Reeves published two books: Daring Young Men: The Heroism and Triumph of The Berlin Airlift-June 1948-May 1949, which became a New York Times bestseller, was named Best Book of the Year by the Christian Science Monitor and best history book of the year by the Book-of-the-Month club. Portrait of Camelot: A Thousand Days in the Kennedy White House was published by Abrams. He is currently working on a book on the internment of Japanese and Japanese-Americans by the United States government during World War II.

For further information about Dr. Reeves, please visit his website.


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