Mark K. Updegrove
|Mark K. Updegrove|
August 25, 1961 |
Abington, Pennsylvania, U.S.
|Occupation||Author, Historian, Journalist, Television Commentator, Presidential Library Director|
|Alma mater||University of Maryland, College Park|
|Subject||United States Presidency|
|Notable works||Indomitable Will: LBJ in the Presidency|
|Spouse||Amy Banner Updegrove|
Early life and education
Updegrove was born outside Philadelphia in Abington, PA, on Aug. 25, 1961. He attended high school in Newtown, PA, at the George School, which honored him with its Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2015. He attended Guilford College in Greensboro, NC, and graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park, with a Bachelor of Arts in economics in 1984.
Updegrove spent much of his early 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, publisher of Newsweek.
Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum
Under Updegrove's direction, the library partnered with the Aspen Institute on Medicare and Medicaid Turn 50, in Washington, D.C, in April 2015, and in November 2015, partnered with WETA-TV, on In Performance at the White House: A Celebration of American Creativity, which aired on PBS, to mark the 50th anniversary of the creation of the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Updegrove's December 2014 Politico article, What 'Selma' Gets Wrong, ignited a controversy over the portrayal of Lyndon Johnson as an obstructionist on voting rights in the film Selma, touching off a debate about the importance of accuracy in films based on historic events. In January 2015, Updegrove addressed the issue on CBS' Face the Nation.
In 2013 and 2015, Updegrove taught The Johnson Years for Liberal Arts Honors students as an adjunct professor at The University of Texas at Austin. He has spoken extensively at numerous colleges and universities, museums, presidential libraries, and other public speaking forums.
- Destiny of Democracy: The Civil Rights Summit at the LBJ Presidential Library (University of Texas Press, 2015)
- Indomitable Will: LBJ in the Presidency (Crown Publishers, 2012)
- Baptism By Fire: Eight Presidents Who Took Office During Times of Crisis (St. Martins Press, 2009)
- Second Acts: Presidential Lives and Legacies After the White House (Lyons Press, 2006)
- 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.
- "Alumni Award Recipient 2015 - George School". Retrieved 2016-08-15.
- Shannon, Kelley. "LBJ library in Austin to unveil $10 million update Dec. 22". The Dallas Morning News. Retrieved 24 January 2013.
- Baskas, Harriet. "Oval Office audio tapes highlight redesigned LBJ Presidential Library". NBC News. Retrieved 24 January 2013.
- "What 'Selma' Gets Wrong". Politico. Retrieved 13 May 2015.
- "Does the film "Selma" portray LBJ unfairly?". Face the Nation. Retrieved 15 August 2016.
- Ealy, Charles. "'Indomitable Will' seeks to give LBJ due credit". statesman.com. Retrieved 14 April 2012.
- Heilbrunn, Jacob. "Crisis Management". The New York Times Company. Retrieved 16 January 2009.
- "Second Acts: Presidential Lives and Legacies After the White House". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved 6 June 2006.
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