Jon Meacham

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Jon Meacham
Photo of Jon Meacham
Jon Meacham, 2014
Born Jon Ellis Meacham
(1969-05-20) May 20, 1969 (age 49)
Chattanooga, Tennessee, U.S.
Occupation Writer, journalist, editor
Education BA
Alma mater The University of the South, The McCallie School
Notable awards Pulitzer Prize
Years active 1995–present
Spouse Margaret Keith Smythe Meacham
Children 3

Jon Ellis Meacham (/ˈməm/; born May 20, 1969) is a presidential historian. A former Executive Editor and Executive Vice President at Random House, he is a contributing writer to The New York Times Book Review, a contributing editor to Time magazine, and a former Editor-in-Chief of Newsweek. He won the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography for American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House. Meacham also wrote Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power (2012). Additionally, he is currently a Visiting Professor of Political Science at Vanderbilt University.[1]

Life and career[edit]

Meacham was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee. He joined Newsweek as a writer in January 1995.[2][3][4]

Meacham speaking in 2016

His presidential biography of Andrew Jackson won the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography.[5]

Meacham has received honorary degrees from Dickinson College,[6] Middlebury College, Wake Forest University, the University of Tennessee, the Berkeley Divinity School at Yale University, and The University of the South, among other colleges.

He is an Episcopalian.[7]


From May 2010 to April 2011, Meacham was co-host with Alison Stewart of Need to Know on PBS. He is also a frequent guest on MSNBC's Morning Joe and has appeared multiple times on HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher.[8][9][10][11]

He is also a frequent contributor panelist on many MSNBC programs, such as The 11th Hour with Brian Williams.[citation needed]


Honorary degrees[edit]

Jon Meacham has received Honorary Degrees from several Universities, These Include

Location Date School Degree
 Tennessee 15 May 2010 Sewanee: The University of the South Doctorate [13] [14]
 Pennsylvania May 2010 Dickinson College Doctor of Journalism (DJ) [15]
 Louisiana 12 May 2012 Loyola University New Orleans Doctor of Humane Letters (DHL) [16] [17]
 North Carolina 2017 Wake Forest University Doctor of Letters (D.Litt) [18]
 Vermont 28 May 2017 Middlebury College Doctor of Letters (D.Litt) [19]
 Tennessee December 2017 University of Tennessee Doctor of Humane Letters (DHL) [20]
 Massachusetts 19 May 2018 University of Massachusetts Lowell Doctorate [21]


  1. ^ American Lion won the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Biography.[12]


  1. ^ "Profile". Department of Political Science. Retrieved 2017-10-31. 
  2. ^ Calderone, Michael (April 24, 2009). "Newsweek's Meacham prepares to leave the magazine | The Upshot Yahoo! News". Retrieved May 6, 2011. 
  3. ^ Jon Meacham (June 15, 2010). "Authors". Newsweek. Retrieved May 6, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Commentary Magazine article". Commentary Magazine article. October 16, 2010. Archived from the original on August 6, 2010. Retrieved May 6, 2011. 
  5. ^ "2009 Pulitzer Prizes". 
  6. ^ Gregg, Becca (2010-05-23). "Dickinson College sends graduates into the world". The Sentinel. Carlisle, Pennsylvania. Retrieved 2017-05-17. 
  7. ^ Meacham, Jon. "God and Gays" – via 
  8. ^ "Joe: Donald Trump's hostile takeover of the Republican Party". Retrieved 2016-06-30. 
  9. ^ "Meacham: Bush knew exactly what he was saying". Retrieved 2016-06-30. 
  10. ^ Real Time with Bill Maher (2016-01-22), Real Time with Bill Maher: Overtime – January 22, 2016 (HBO), retrieved 2016-06-30 
  11. ^ Real Time with Bill Maher (2015-04-17), Real Time with Bill Maher: Overtime – April 17, 2015 (HBO), retrieved 2016-06-30 
  12. ^ "The 2009 Pulitzer Prize Winners: Biography or Autobiography". The Pulitzer Prizes. Retrieved 2013-11-26. With biographical blurb and dustjacket description.
  13. ^ "Sewanee honors Bush, Meacham". 
  14. ^ "Sewanee announces honorary degree recipients". 12 May 2010. 
  15. ^ 2010, Becca Gregg, Sentinel Reporter, May 23,. "Dickinson College sends graduates into the world". 
  16. ^ "Honorary Degrees - Commencement - Loyola University New Orleans". 
  17. ^ "Pulitzer Prize winner Jon Meacham to address Loyola's centennial class - Loyola University New Orleans". 
  18. ^ "2017: Honorary degrees - Commencement News". 
  19. ^ "Jon Meacham to Give Middlebury College Commencement Address". 5 April 2017. 
  20. ^ "Board of Trustees Approves Honorary Degree for Pulitzer Prize Writer Meacham". 30 March 2017. 
  21. ^ "Pulitzer Winner, Congresswoman to Address Class of 2018". 


The Legacy of The George H.W. Bush Administration, interview by, Weisberg, Jacob M. February 17, 2016, transcript.

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