Gene Lyons, National Magazine Award winner and columnist for the Arkansas Times, writes a weekly syndicated political column far from the Washington beltway, with the middle-of-the-road American citizen in mind. A Southerner with a liberal viewpoint, Lyons remarks on politics and national issues with a distinct voice and a no-nonsense approach. Lyons also wrote a column for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for over a decade. He previously spent five years as general editor at Newsweek, and was associate editor at Texas Monthly for a year.

A winner of the National Magazine Award for Public Service for the Texas Monthly article "Why Teachers Can’t Teach," Lyons has written hundreds of articles, essays and reviews for such magazines as Harper's, The New York Times Magazine, The New York Review of Books, Entertainment Weekly, Washington Monthly, The Nation, Esquire, Slate, and Salon. His books include "The Higher Illiteracy" (1988), "Widow's Web" (1993), "Fools for Scandal" (1996) and, with Joe Conason, "The Hunting of the President: The Ten Year Campaign to Destroy Bill and Hillary Clinton" (2000). In 2004, Mozark Productions released a movie version of "The Hunting of the President."

Lyons graduated from Rutgers University in 1965, and earned a Ph.D. in English from the University of Virginia in 1969. He taught at the Universities of Massachusetts, Arkansas and Texas before becoming a full-time writer in 1976. A native of New Jersey, Lyons has lived in Arkansas with his wife Diane since 1972. The Lyons live on a cattle farm near Houston, Ark., with a half-dozen dogs, three horses and a growing herd of Fleckvieh Simmental cows.