Mark K. Updegrove

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Mark K. Updegrove
Mark K. Updegrove (cropped).jpg
Born (1961-08-25) August 25, 1961 (age 53)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Occupation Historian, Director
Nationality American
Subject United States Presidency

Mark K. Updegrove[1] (b. 1961) is an American author and historian, and the director of the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

Mark K. Updegrove is a descendant of the German Op den Graeff family. He was born and raised outside Philadelphia, where he attended George School, before graduating from the University of Maryland in 1984.[3]

Mark Updegrove (left) with Barack and Michelle Obama and John Lewis at the Civil Rights Summit, hosted by the LBJ Presidential Library April 2014, which drew President Obama and three former presidents. Credit: Doug Mills, The New York Times.

Career[edit]

Updegrove spent much of his career in magazine publishing including serving as manager of Time Magazine in Los Angeles; president of Time Canada, Time's separate Canadian edition and operation; and U.S. publisher of Newsweek in New York. While at Time, he conceived Time and the Presidency, a multimedia program on modern American presidents from FDR to Clinton.

He now serves as the fourth director of the Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library in Austin, Texas. Under his direction, the Library has undergone an $11 million renovation of its core museum exhibits about President Johnson and his administration.[4][5]

On April 8–10, 2014, Updegrove hosted a Civil Rights Summit at the LBJ Presidential Library, to mark the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. President Obama, accompanied by Mrs. Obama, delivered the Summit's keynote address April 10. Former Presidents Carter, Clinton, and George W. Bush also participated in the Summit, offering speeches on April 8, 9, and 10, respectively.[6][7][8][9]

Updegrove is the author of three books: Second Acts: Presidential Lives and Legacies After the White House;[10] Baptism by Fire: Eight Presidents Who Took Office During Times of Crisis;[11] and Indomitable Will: LBJ in the Presidency.[12]

His fourth book, Destiny of Democracy: The Civil Rights Summit at the LBJ Presidential Library, will be published March 2015. He is also reportedly working on a book on the relationship between the two Bush presidents.[13]

As an author, journalist, and director of the LBJ Presidential Library, Updegrove has interviewed five U.S. presidents: George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush, Jimmy Carter, and Gerald R. Ford. Among others, he has also interviewed James Baker, Barbara Bush, Jeb Bush, Laura Bush, Rosalynn Carter,[14] Hillary Clinton,[15] Bryan Cranston, John Glenn, Mikhail Gorbachev, Richard Linklater,[16] Sandra Day O'Connor, Robert Redford, Condolezza Rice, Bob Woodward, and Carl Bernstein.

Updegrove has written for American Heritage, The Nation,[17] National Geographic,[18] Parade, Politico,[19] Texas Monthly,[20] and Time.

Additionally, he is analyst for ABC News on matters relating to the presidency, including the 2013 presidential inauguration,[21] and a contributor to CBS Sunday Morning.[22][23]

Personal[edit]

Updegrove is married to Amy Banner Updegrove, publisher of Texas Monthly magazine. They each have two children from previous marriages.

Works[edit]

  • Second Acts: Presidential Lives and Legacies After the White House (Lyons Press, 2006)
  • Baptism By Fire: Eight Presidents Who Took Office During Times of Crisis (St. Martins Press, 2009)
  • Indomitable Will: LBJ in the Presidency (Crown Publishers, 2012)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Staff, Public Affairs. "Mark Updegrove Named New Director of LBJ Library". The U.S. National Archives and Records Administration. The U.S. National Archives and Records Administration. Retrieved 9 April 2012. 
  2. ^ Ford, Lauren Smith. "The 10 of 2010: Mark Updegrove, Director, Lyndon Baines Johnson Library & Museum". Tribeza. Tribeza. Retrieved 20 April 2012. 
  3. ^ Haurwitz, Ralph (October 11, 2009). "LBJ Library director". AMERICAN-STATESMAN. Retrieved 9 April 2012. 
  4. ^ Shannon, Kelley. "LBJ library in Austin to unveil $10 million update Dec. 22". The Dallas Morning News. Retrieved 24 January 2013. 
  5. ^ Baskas, Harriet. "Oval Office audio tapes highlight redesigned LBJ Presidential Library". NBC News. Retrieved 24 January 2013. 
  6. ^ "Rescuing a Vietnam Casualty: Johnson’s Legacy". The New York Times. Retrieved 15 February 2014. 
  7. ^ "Obama to join three former presidents to mark Civil Rights Act 50th at LBJ Library". McClatchy DC News. Retrieved 27 February 2014. 
  8. ^ "Chronicler of Presidents Is Bringing Four Together". The New York Times. Retrieved 13 March 2014. 
  9. ^ "50 Years Later, Obama Salutes Effects of Civil Rights Act". The New York Times. Retrieved 10 April 2014. 
  10. ^ "Second Acts: Presidential Lives and Legacies After the White House". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved 6 June 2006.  |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)
  11. ^ Heilbrunn, Jacob. "Crisis Management". The New York Times Company. Retrieved 16 January 2009. 
  12. ^ Ealy, Charles. "'Indomitable Will' seeks to give LBJ due credit". statesman.com. Retrieved 14 April 2012. 
  13. ^ Baker, Peter, "Bush 41 Reunion Looks to Burnish His Legacy", New York Times, April 3, 2014. Retrieved 2014-06-01.
  14. ^ Updegrove, Mark K., "An Intimate Chat with Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter", Parade, November 2, 2013. Retrieved 2014-12-8.
  15. ^ "Hillary Hits Austin". Austin Chronicle. Retrieved 8 December 2014. 
  16. ^ "The 19th Annual Texas Book Festival". Austin American-Statesman. Retrieved 8 December 2014. 
  17. ^ "Get Me Rewrite". The Nation. Retrieved 8 December 2014. 
  18. ^ "George W. Bush: The 9/11 Interview". National Geographic. Retrieved 8 December 2014. 
  19. ^ "What 'Selma' Gets Wrong". Politico. Retrieved 29 December 2014. 
  20. ^ "Bush 2.0". Texas Monthly. Retrieved 8 December 2014. 
  21. ^ "Over 4.5 Million Americans Turned to ABC News for Coverage of "Inauguration 2013″ — An Increase from Bush’s Second Inaugural in 2005". ABC News. Retrieved 8 December 2014. 
  22. ^ "Mark Updegrove's birthday tribute to George H. W. Bush". CBS News. Retrieved 8 December 2014. 
  23. ^ "How Gerald Ford healed a nation post-Watergate". CBS News. Retrieved 8 December 2014. 

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