List of Northwestern University alumni

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The following is a list of notable alumni who attended Northwestern University


Ann-Margret, actress
Edgar Bergen, ventriloquist
Andrew Bird, musician
Rod Blagojevich, former Governor of Illinois
David Boies, counsel, Bush v. Gore; founding partner, Boies, Schiller & Flexner
Mike Greenberg, ESPN employee and host of radio show Mike & Mike in the Morning
William Jennings Bryan, former U.S. Secretary of State & three-time Democratic presidential nominee
Stephen Colbert, comedian
Arthur Goldberg, former U.S. Supreme Court Justice
Rahm Emanuel, mayor of Chicago, former White House Chief of Staff, former U.S. Congressman
Dick Gephardt, former U.S. House Majority Leader
Douglas Kmiec, U.S. Ambassador
Todd Martin, former professional tennis player
George McGovern, former U.S. Senator and Democratic presidential nominee
Charles Horace Mayo, co-founder of the Mayo Clinic
Seth Meyers, comedian
Peter George Peterson, Chairman of the Council on Foreign Relations; co-founder and Senior Chairman of the Blackstone Group
Graham Spanier, former President of Penn State University
John Paul Stevens, U.S. Supreme Court Justice

Arts and entertainment (theatre, TV and film)[edit]


For notable M.B.A. alumni, also see the Kellogg School of Management



See also Northwestern University School of Law

Medicine, science and technology[edit]

Music, literature and the arts[edit]

Politics, government, and public policy[edit]




Figure skating[edit]




Race car driving[edit]


  • Matt Grevers, winner of four gold and two silver Olympic medals in multiple events in 2008 and 2012
  • Bob Skelton, 1924 Olympic gold medalist in 200-meter breaststroke


Track and field[edit]

Professional softball[edit]




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