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Jon Ellis Meacham (/ˈməm/; born May 20, 1969) is executive editor and executive vice president at Random House. He is a contributing editor to Time magazine and editor-at-large of WNET, and a former editor-in-chief of Newsweek. He won the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography for American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House. Meacham also wrote Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power (2012). Additionally, he is currently a Visiting Professor of Political Science at Vanderbilt University.[1]

Jon Meacham
Photo of Jon Meacham
Jon Meacham, 2014
Born Jon Ellis Meacham
(1969-05-20) May 20, 1969 (age 48)
Chattanooga, Tennessee, US
Occupation Writer, journalist, editor
Nationality American
Education BA
Alma mater The University of the South, The McCallie School
Notable awards Pulitzer Prize
Years active 1995–present
Spouse Margaret Keith Smythe Meacham
Children 3



Meacham joined Newsweek as a writer in January 1995.[2][3][4]

Meacham speaking in 2016

His presidential biography of Andrew Jackson won the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography.[5]

In 2010, Meacham received an honorary degree in journalism from Dickinson College.[6]


From May 2010 to April 2011, Meacham was co-host with Alison Stewart of Need to Know on PBS. He is also a frequent guest on MSNBC's Morning Joe[7][8] and has appeared multiple times on HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher.[9][10][11]

He is also a frequent contributor panelist on many CNN programs, such as the Don Lemon Tonight and Anderson Cooper 360



  1. ^ "Profile". Department of Political Science. Retrieved 2017-10-31. 
  2. ^ Calderone, Michael (April 24, 2009). "Newsweek's Meacham prepares to leave the magazine | The Upshot Yahoo! News". Retrieved May 6, 2011. 
  3. ^ Jon Meacham (June 15, 2010). "Authors". Newsweek. Retrieved May 6, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Commentary Magazine article". Commentary Magazine article. October 16, 2010. Archived from the original on August 6, 2010. Retrieved May 6, 2011. 
  5. ^ "2009 Pulitzer Prizes". 
  6. ^ Gregg, Becca (2010-05-23). "Dickinson College sends graduates into the world". The Sentinel. Carlisle, Pennsylvania. Retrieved 2017-05-17. 
  7. ^ "Joe: Donald Trump's hostile takeover of the Republican Party". Retrieved 2016-06-30. 
  8. ^ "Meacham: Bush knew exactly what he was saying". Retrieved 2016-06-30. 
  9. ^ Real Time with Bill Maher (2016-01-22), Real Time with Bill Maher: Overtime – January 22, 2016 (HBO), retrieved 2016-06-30 
  10. ^ Real Time with Bill Maher (2015-04-17), Real Time with Bill Maher: Overtime – April 17, 2015 (HBO), retrieved 2016-06-30 
  11. ^ "Ep. 350 April 17, 2015 Real Time With Bill Maher". HBO. Retrieved 2016-06-30. 
  12. ^ "The 2009 Pulitzer Prize Winners: Biography or Autobiography". The Pulitzer Prizes. Retrieved 2013-11-26. With biographical blurb and dustjacket description.

The Legacy of The George H.W. Bush Administration, interview by, Weisberg, Jacob M. February 17, 2016, transcript.


  1. ^ American Lion won the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Biography.[12]

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