Evan Thomas

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Evan Thomas
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at the 2013 National Bookfest
Born Evan Welling Thomas III
(1951-04-25) April 25, 1951 (age 63)
Huntington, New York
Nationality American
Education Phillips Academy
Alma mater Harvard University
University of Virginia School of Law
Genre non-fiction; history

Evan Welling Thomas III[1][2] (born April 25, 1951) is an American journalist and author. He currently teaches journalism at Princeton University.[3]

Life and career[edit]

Thomas was born in Huntington, New York, and was raised in Cold Spring Harbor, New York. A graduate of Phillips Academy, Harvard University, and the University of Virginia School of Law, since 1991 he has been the assistant managing editor at Newsweek. He formerly worked for TIME. Thomas began his reporting career at The Bergen Record in New Jersey. He won his numerous journalism awards, including the National Magazine Award in 1998 for Newsweek’s coverage of the Monica Lewinsky scandal,[4] and the 2009 Clarion Award.

Thomas was a regular panelist on the weekly public affairs TV show Inside Washington[5] until the show ceased production in December 2013.[6]

Evan Thomas participates in a discussion with US Navy leaders, January 29, 2010

On June 5, 2009, while being interviewed by Chris Matthews on Hardball with Chris Matthews, Thomas provoked controversy by stating that Barack Obama was "sort of God." In response to criticism of this comment, Thomas responded by saying "I was not being literal. During a discussion about presidential rhetoric, I was comparing Ronald Reagan's patriotic appeals with Obama's attempt to transcend parochialism."[7]


He is the son of Anna Davis (née Robins) and Evan Welling Thomas II, an editor who worked for HarperCollins and W. W. Norton & Company.[1][8] His grandfather, Norman Thomas, was a six-time Presidential candidate for the Socialist Party of America.[9]

He is married, and he and his wife, an attorney, are the parents of two daughters. They live in Washington, D.C.


See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Molotsky, Irvin (1986-09-09). "WASHINGTON TALK - BRIEFING - Newsweek Bureau Chief". NYTimes.com. Retrieved 2013-12-08. 
  2. ^ Kashner, Sam. "Sam Kashner on The Death of a President". Vanity Fair. Retrieved 2013-12-08. 
  3. ^ [1][dead link]
  4. ^ Evan Thomas - Newsweek Services - MSNBC.com[dead link]
  5. ^ "Inside Washington". Insidewashington.tv. Retrieved 2013-12-08. 
  6. ^ Farhi, Paul, "After more than 40 years, ‘Inside Washington’ will go off the air," washingtonpost.com, September 8, 2013.
  7. ^ Thomas, Evan (2009-06-12). "Thomas: The Perils of Punditry". Newsweek.com. Retrieved 2013-12-08. 
  8. ^ ALEX KUCZYNSKIPublished: March 05, 1999 (1999-03-05). "Evan Thomas 2d Dies at 78; Published Many Best Sellers - New York Times". Nytimes.com. Retrieved 2013-12-08. 
  9. ^ "Princeton Alumni Weekly, Jan. 23rd 2008". Paw.princeton.edu. 2013-09-06. Retrieved 2013-12-08. 
  10. ^ "Biography: Evan Thomas". Spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk. 1965-10-29. Retrieved 2013-12-08. 

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