Jon Meacham – Historian, Author and Journalist
Presidential historian, Pulitzer Prize-winning author, and contributor to Time and The New York Times Book Review, Jon Meacham is one of America’s most prominent public intellectuals. A regular guest on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” he is acclaimed as a skilled storyteller with a depth of knowledge about politics, religion and current affairs.
His bestseller Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power was hailed by Fortune as “masterful and intimate” and made many lists of 2012’s best nonfiction works, and American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House won the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Biography. Meacham’s latest presidential biography, Destiny and Power: The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush, debuted at No. 1 on The New York Times Best Sellers list in November 2015.
A native of Chattanooga, Tennessee, Meacham earned a bachelor’s degree in English literature from the University of the South, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa honor society. He joined Newsweek as a writer in January 1995 and quickly became national affairs editor later that year. He also served as managing editor and was promoted in 2006 to editor-in-chief, a position he held until 2010.
A contributing writer for Time, Meacham writes for the magazine’s Ideas section. He also pens “The Long View,” a column in The New York Times Book Review that examines books “that speak to our current historical and cultural moment.”
He has appeared frequently on television, including appearances on “Meet the Press,” “The Colbert Report,” “Real Time with Bill Maher” and Ken Burns’ documentary series “The Roosevelts: An Intimate History.” He also co-hosted “Need to Know” on PBS in 2010-11. His other books include Franklin and Winston: An Intimate Portrait of an Epic Friendship and American Gospel: God, the Founding Fathers, and the Making of a Nation. He is working on a biography of James and Dolley Madison.
Meacham and his wife, Margaret Keith Smythe Meacham, a Mississippi native, live in Nashville with their three children.
|2016||Tom Brokaw, American television journalist|
|2015||Teresa Sullivan, president of the University of Virginia|
|2014||Phil Bryant, governor of Mississippi|
|2013||Myrlie Evers-Williams, American civil rights activist|
|2012||Roger Wicker, U.S. senator|
|2011||Freeman A. Hrabowski III, prominent American educator and president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County|
|2010||Ray Mabus, U.S. secretary of the Navy|
|2009||Bob Schieffer, CBS News correspondent|
|2008||Shepard Smith, American television news anchor on Fox|
|2007||Frederick W. Smith, CEO of FedEx Corp.|
|2006||Judy Woodruff, American journalist and author|
|2005||David Halberstam, American journalist, author and historian|
|2004||Haley R. Barbour, governor of Mississippi|
|2003||William Winter, governor of Mississippi|
|2002||Jeanne Shaheen, governor of New Hampshire|
|2001||James L. Barksdale, president of The Barksdale Group|
|2000||David Ronald Musgrove, governor of Mississippi|
|1999||Thad Cochran, U.S. senator|
|1998||Trent Lott, majority leader of the U.S. Senate|
|1997||Donna Shalala, U.S. secretary of Health and Human Services|
|1996 Summer||Daniel S. Goldin, president of NASA|
|1996||Daniel P. Jordan, president of the Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation Inc.|