Jon Lovett

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Jon Lovett
Lovett in 2017
Lovett in 2017
BornJonathan Ira Lovett
(1982-08-17) August 17, 1982 (age 37)
Woodbury, New York, U.S.
  • Speechwriter
  • writer
  • producer
Alma materWilliams College
Years active2004–present
PartnerRonan Farrow (2011–present)

Jonathan Ira Lovett (born August 17, 1982) is an American screenwriter, speechwriter, television producer, and podcaster. After working as a speech and joke writer for President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, Lovett co-created the NBC White House sitcom 1600 Penn, and served as a writer and producer on the third season of HBO's The Newsroom. He is a founder of Crooked Media and currently hosts the podcasts Pod Save America and Lovett or Leave It.

Early life and education[edit]

Lovett was born to a Reform Jewish family in Woodbury, Long Island[1] that operated a box factory started by his grandfather.[2] He attended Syosset High School. Lovett graduated from Williams College in 2004 with a degree in mathematics.[3] His senior thesis, Rotating Linkages in a Normed Plane,[4] led to a publication in American Mathematical Monthly.[5] Lovett was also the 2004 Williams College Class Speaker at his commencement.[6] After graduation, Lovett spent a year working as a stand-up comic in New York.[3]

Political speechwriter[edit]

In 2004, Lovett volunteered for John Kerry's presidential campaign. He was asked to write a statement for the candidate, and his work led to an offer of a writing internship.[7] He then briefly worked in Jon Corzine's Senate office.[4]

He was hired in 2005 to assist Sarah Hurwitz as a speechwriter for then-Senator Hillary Clinton,[4] and he continued to write speeches for her through her 2008 presidential campaign.[7]

When Clinton lost the 2008 Democratic primary contest, Lovett won an anonymous contest to write speeches for President Barack Obama in the White House.[7] Lovett wrote speeches in the Obama administration for three years, working closely with Jon Favreau and David Axelrod.[2] Prominent speeches that he wrote include policy speeches on financial reform and don't ask, don't tell,[4] as well as remarks at the White House Correspondents' Dinner.[8]

Lovett officiated the first same-sex marriage in the White House, secretly and counter to the policy of the Obama administration.[9][10][8]

Subsequent career[edit]

Before Barack Obama ran for re-election, Lovett moved to California to become a screenwriter.[11][12] Lovett collaborated with Josh Gad and Jason Winer on 1600 Penn, of which Lovett was a co-creator, executive producer, and writer from 2012 until 2013.[13] Lovett then worked as a writer, producer, and advisor on season three of HBO's The Newsroom.[8]

Starting in March 2016, Lovett co-hosted The Ringer's political podcast Keepin' it 1600 with former fellow Obama staffers Jon Favreau, Dan Pfeiffer, and Tommy Vietor.[14]

Shortly after the November 2016 election, Lovett, Favreau and Vietor founded their own company, Crooked Media, and launched a new podcast, Pod Save America.[15] In March 2017, Lovett began hosting Lovett or Leave It, a panel show podcast from Crooked Media, recorded in front of a live audience in Los Angeles.[16] Lovett and Crooked Media have embarked on national and international tours featuring live versions of Pod Save America and Lovett or Leave It.[17]

Personal life[edit]

Lovett is gay.[12] His partner is journalist Ronan Farrow.[18]


  1. ^ "Dysfunctional first family". Jewish Journal. February 6, 2013. Retrieved December 2, 2016.
  2. ^ a b "Talking Trump Transition With President Obama Speechwriter Jon Lovett". Hugh Hewitt. November 22, 2016. Retrieved December 2, 2016.
  3. ^ a b "Creative Artists Agency Bio". Creative Artists Agency. Retrieved December 2, 2016.
  4. ^ a b c d "Jon Lovett's written for the president, but will that get him to Hollywood?". The Washington Post. September 2, 2011. Retrieved December 2, 2016.
  5. ^ "American Mathematical Monthly August-September 2007". Mathematical Association of America. Retrieved December 2, 2016.
  6. ^ "Commencement 2004". Williams College. June 6, 2004. Retrieved December 2, 2016.
  7. ^ a b c "Jon Lovett speaks on politics, election season". The Tufts Daily. October 15, 2012. Retrieved December 2, 2016.
  8. ^ a b c "Aspen Ideas Festival Bio". Aspen Ideas Festival. 2015. Retrieved December 2, 2016.
  9. ^ "FIREWORKS EDITION – REVEALED: A clandestine gay wedding in the White House during Obama's first term (officiant: Jon Lovett) – CHRISTIE to return to MORNING JOE after 18 months – SCOTT WALKER joins Sn". POLITICO. Retrieved September 15, 2018.
  10. ^ "Obama's Former Speechwriter Reportedly Held Secret Same-Sex Marriage at the White House". July 7, 2015. Retrieved September 15, 2018.
  11. ^ "Q&A: Jon Lovett, Former Obama Speechwriter, on His NBC Comedy 1600 Penn". Time Magazine. January 10, 2013. Retrieved December 2, 2016.
  12. ^ a b "White House Speechwriter Leaving for Hollywood".
  13. ^ "Jon Lovett Filmography". IMDb. Retrieved December 2, 2016.
  14. ^ "'Obama bros' learn to love Hillary". Politico. October 6, 2016. Retrieved December 2, 2016.
  15. ^ Rutenberg, Jim, Opposition and a Shave: Former Obama Aides Counter Trump, Media, The New York Times, March 20, 2017
  16. ^ "Obama's former speechwriter launches new podcast". iNews. March 22, 2017. Retrieved January 2, 2018.
  17. ^ "Pod Save America announces nationwide tour". Consequence of Sound. August 16, 2017. Retrieved January 2, 2018.
  18. ^ "Full transcript: Journalist Ronan Farrow on Recode Decode".

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