Richard Reeves

Senior Fellow


Richard Reeves is a senior lecturer at the USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism, an author, a syndicated columnist and an award-winning documentary filmmaker. His ninth book, President Kennedy: Profile of Power, was chosen by Time Magazine as Best Non-Fiction Book of 1993. His twice-weekly column has appeared for the past 19 years in more than 160 newspapers in the U.S.

A former chief political correspondent for The New York Times, Reeves has been an editor and columnist for New York Magazine and Esquire. For six years, he wrote a column from Europe for Travel & Leisure magazine. He was named the Regents Professor of Political Science at UCLA in 1992, and has taught political writing at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

Reeves has also made six television films and has won all of television's major documentary awards: the Emmy for Lights, Camera...Politics! for ABC News; the duPont-Columbia University Award for Struggle for Birmingham for PBS; and the George Foster Peabody Award for Red Star Over Khyber for PBS.

As a senior fellow, Reeves focuses on the role of media in a democracy.

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Blog Posts by Richard Reeves

The Money Melodrama in Washington

By Richard Reeves | July 27, 2011 0
Stating the obvious: Politicians know politics; that's their business. Business is not their business, and any discussion about American presidents and economics has to begin with this discouraging word: American politicians, with a very small number of exceptions, don't know anything about economics. In Washington, during the deficit debates for...

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Over There With George M. Cohan

By Richard Reeves | July 7, 2011 0
PACIFIC PALISADES, Calif.--This prosperous enclave on the cliff overlooking Santa Monica Bay has many virtues, and one of the big ones is a great hometown Fourth of July parade. For more than three hours, folks sit on the curbs or on lawn chairs and watch America go by. Bands and...

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Get out of Afghanistan

By Richard Reeves | June 30, 2011 0
LOS ANGELES -- For years, since I moved there to cover Watergate, I have wanted to write a column about how Washington really works -- a checklist of sorts. But I never got around to it. The closest I ever got was quoting the late San Francisco humor writer Arthur...

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Richard Reeves In the News

Senior fellow Richard Reeves has published an article on TruthDig about the Millennial Generation and the effects that the economic environment has had upon them. He also references CCLP senior fellow Morley Winograd's book Millennial Momentum. You can read the post here. You can watch a recent conversation with Winograd, co-author Michael Hais, and CCLP director Geoffrey Cowan here.

"As candidate and president," wrote Senior Fellow Richard Reeves, "Kennedy concealed his low energy level, radiating health and good humor, though he usually spent more than half of most days in bed." Reeves' words were cited in an article on NewsWorks, which examined the illnesses of presidental candidates from the past and present.

"Presidents are magic," said Senior Fellow Richard Reeves. "They walk into a room, and the air changes, and this one, in our lifetimes, above all." Reeves was quoted in article in the New York Times on the upcoming mini-series entitled The Kennedys that will debut on the Reelz Channel on April 3.

Presidential biographer and CCLP Senior Fellow Richard Reeves was cited in an article on the New York Times on the upcoming mini-series on the Reelz Channel, The Kennedys. Though the piece is presented as representing true happenings within the White House, Reeves contests some of the events depicted are completely false.

"The news we need to keep our freedoms," wrote Senior Fellow Richard Reeves is now a phrase being used to describe the work of NPR. Currently, the publicly funded broadcast entity is facing a decision by the Congress which may remove congressional support for its member stations around the country. Bill Moyers and Michael Winship cited Reeves in an article exploring this defunding on the Huffington Post.

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