Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.
|Education||Colgate University (A.B.)
Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism (M.S.)
University of Louisville School of Law (J.D.)
|Spouse(s)||Amy L. Nathan|
|Children||Meredith Fineman & Nicholas Fineman|
Howard Fineman is an American journalist who is editorial director of the AOL Huffington Post Media Group. Prior to his move to Huffington Post in October 2010, he was Newsweek’s Chief Political Correspondent, Senior Editor and Deputy Washington Bureau Chief. An award-winning writer, Fineman also is an NBC News analyst, contributing reports to the network and its cable affiliate MSNBC. He appears frequently on “Hardball with Chris Matthews,” “The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell” and “The Rachel Maddow Show.” The author of scores of Newsweek cover stories, Fineman’s work has also appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The New Republic. His “Living Politics” column was posted weekly on Newsweek.com. Fineman authored his first book in 2008, The Thirteen American Arguments: Enduring Debates That Define and Inspire Our Country.
Education and early career
Fineman holds an B.A. from Colgate University, where he was Phi Beta Kappa and a member of Beta Theta Pi, an M.S. in journalism from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and a J.D. from the University of Louisville School of Law. His legal education also included a year at the Georgetown University Law Center. He was also a recipient of both the Thomas J. Watson Fellowship and the Pulitzer Traveling Fellowship for study in Europe, Russia and the Middle East.
A native of Pittsburgh's Squirrel Hill neighborhood, Fineman attended Colfax Elementary and Taylor Allderdice High School, graduating in 1966. Fineman was raised in a Jewish family. He began his journalism career at The Louisville Courier-Journal, covering the environment, the coal industry and state politics before joining the newspaper’s Washington bureau in 1978. He moved to Newsweek in 1980, was named Chief Political Correspondent in 1984, Deputy Washington Bureau Chief in 1993 and Senior Editor in 1995.
Accomplishments and awards
Fineman has interviewed every major presidential candidate since 1984, focusing in recent years on the rise and times of George W. Bush. A Newsweek cover story in November 2001 featured the president’s first extensive post-9/11 interview. Fineman’s other awards include a “Page One” from the Headliners Club of New York, a “Silver Gavel” from ABA and a “Deadline Club” from the Society of Professional Journalists.
Fineman has written on the rise of the "religious right," the power of talk radio, race and politics, the Pledge of Allegiance controversy, etc. He has interviewed business leaders such as Bill Gates, Steve Case, and Steve Ballmer. He interviewed GOP operative Lee Atwater, in the documentary “Boogie Man: The Lee Atwater Story.”
Fineman reports for NBC, and has appeared on most major public affairs shows. He was a panelist on PBS’s "Washington Week in Review," 1983-1995, and on CNN’s "Capital Gang Sunday," 1995-1998.
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