Political journalist and historian Richard Reeves is currently senior lecturer at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Southern California. As an author, syndicated columnist and Pulitzer Prize finalist, his left-of-center commentary has appeared in more than 100 newspapers and online outlets since 1975. He has received dozens of awards for his work in print, television and film.
Educated as a mechanical engineer, 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," 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 magazine and Book of the Year by Washington Monthly. His most recent book, "Daring Young Men," a history of the Berlin Airlift, was published in 2011.
Reeves has worked extensively on television and in film. He was chief correspondent on PBS' "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, Reeves 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.