Evan Thomas: Hachette Speakers Bureau

Evan Thomas

Best-selling Author, Historian & Journalist

Evan Thomas was made Editor at Large of Newsweek in September 2006. He is the magazine's lead writer on major news stories and the author of many longer features, including Newsweek's special behind-the-scenes issues on presidential elections, and more than a hundred cover stories. He was pivotal in spearheading Newsweek's award-winning coverage on the war on terror from the Washington, D.C. bureau. His reporting and writing on the terror events of September 11 and the Iraq War contributed to Newsweek's being honored with the most prestigious awards in the magazine industry-the National Magazine Award for General Excellence for 2002 and 2004. In 2005, his 50,000-word narrative of the 2004 election was honored when Newsweek won a National Magazine Award for the best single topic issue.

Since 1992, Thomas has been a regular weekly panelist on the syndicated public affairs talk show, Inside Washington. He has appeared on numerous television shows as a commentator, including: Meet the Press, The Today Show, Face the Nation, Nightline, Good Morning America, Larry King Live, Charlie Rose, and The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer. He appears regularly on the syndicated radio show, Imus in the Morning.

Thomas is also the best-selling author of seven works of nonfiction: Sea of Thunder, John Paul Jones, Robert Kennedy, The Very Best Men, The Man to See, The Wise Men and The War Lovers. His latest book, Ike’s Bluff, is a provocative examination of Dwight Eisenhower’s White House years.

For ten years, 1986-1996, Thomas was Newsweek's Washington bureau chief. He was an Assistant Managing Editor from 1991 to 2006. From 1977-1986, he was a writer and editor at TIME magazine. He has won numerous journalism awards, including a National Magazine Award in 1998 for Newsweek's coverage of the Monica Lewinsky scandal.

In 2003-04, Thomas was a visiting professor at Princeton. In 2004-05, he was a visiting professor at Harvard. In 2006-2007, he was a visiting professor at Harvard and Princeton. In the fall of 2007 he began a five-year term at Princeton as Ferris Professor of Journalism. He is a fellow of the Society of American Historians and a former trustee of the Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression. He is a graduate of Harvard and the University of Virginia Law School.

Thomas lives with his wife and two children in Washington, D.C.

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