About Richard Reeves
Richard Reeves, Senior Lecturer at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Southern California, is an author and syndicated columnist whose column has appeared in more than 100 newspapers since 1979. A new column also appears on Yahoo! News each Friday. He 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" is now 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 will publish 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. He is currently working in the United States and Europe on a history of the Berlin Airlift, scheduled for publication in 2008.experimental scientist of his time, discovering the unimagined subatomic world we now know and then splitting the atom he first envisioned. He is currently working in the United States and Europe on a history of the Berlin Airlift, scheduled for publication in 2008.
Chief Correspondent, Frontline, PBS, 1981-1984.
Panelist, We Interrupt This Week, PBS, 1978
National Editor and Columnist, Esquire, 1976-1980.
National Editor and Columnist, New York Magazine, 1971-1976.
Chief Political Correspondent, The New York Times, 1966-1971.
Correspondent, The New York Herald Tribune, 1965-66.
Correspondent, The Newark Evening News, 1963-65.
Editor, Phillipsburg (N.J.) Free Press, 1961-63.
Engineer, Ingersoll-Rand Co., 1960-61.
President Nixon: Alone in the White House, Simon and Schuster, 2001
What The People Know: Freedom and the Press, Harvard University, 1998
Do the Media Govern?, Sage, 1997 (with Shanto Iyengar)
Family Travels: Around the World in 30 Days, Andrews and McMeel, 1997
Character Above All, Vol. 4, Simon and Schuster Audio, 1996
Running in Place, Andrews and McMeel, 1996
President Kennedy: Profile of Power, Simon and Schuster, 1993
The Reagan Detour, Simon and Schuster, 1984
Passage to Peshawar, Simon and Schuster, 1983
American Journey; Travelling with Tocqueville, Simon and Schuster, 1982
Jet Lag, Andrews and McMeel, 1981
Convention, Harcourt Brace, 1977
Old Faces of 1976, Harper and Row, 1976
A Ford, not a Lincoln, Harcourt Brace, 1975
Hundreds of magazine articles on public affairs for most major American magazines, including particularly New York Magazine, The New Yorker and The New York Times Magazine.
"Plowing Up a Storm", PBS, 1986
"Red Star Over Afghanistan", PBS, 1984
"Struggle for Birmingham", PBS, 1984
"American Journey", PBS, 1983
Lights, Camera . . . Politics", ABC, 1980
"TV on Trial", PBS, 1978
Carey McWilliams Award of the American Political Science Association, 1998
Goldman Lecturer, Library of Congress, 1997
PEN Non-Fiction Book of the Year, 1993
Washington Monthly Book of the Year, 1993
Christophers Book of the Year, 1983
Columbia-Peabody Award, 1984
George Foster Peabody Award, 1984
Christopher Award, 1982
National Emmy, 1980
Silver Gavel, American Bar Association, 1978
Literary Lion, New York Public Library
Lifetime Achievement Award, National Society of Newspaper Columnists
Honorary Degrees: Stevens Institute of Technology; Drew University; St. Joseph`s College