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Richard Reeves (American writer)

Richard Reeves (born 28 November 1936[1]) is a writer, syndicated columnist and lecturer at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.


Reeves received his Mechanical Engineering degree from Stevens Institute of Technology in 1960. After graduating, he spent a year working as an engineer for Ingersoll-Rand, after which he moved to journalism. From 1961-1965, Reeves co-founded and worked for the Phillipsburg Free Press (New Jersey), then worked for Newark Evening News and the New York Herald Tribune before being assigned the post of Chief Political Correspondent for The New York Times in 1966. In 1971, Reeves left the Times to lecture at Hunter College.

Reeves' opinions generally have a liberal bent—he opposed the war to topple Saddam Hussein as "stupid and unnecessary" (column, March 19, 2003)—but shuns "extreme" leftist positions. He pays close attention to happenings overseas and often fills his columns with explanations of current trends based on history. Many of his columns focus on the world's reaction to the United States' political actions.

He has also published nine books, mostly about American politics. In 1993, he appeared in the film Dave, one of several journalists who played themselves in the film.

Reeves' weekly column, carried by Universal Press Syndicate, has appeared in more than 160 newspapers across the United States since 1979. He is married to Catherine O'Neil, founder of the Women's Commission for Women and Children Refugees. Together they have five children and divide their time between Los Angeles and New York City.

In October 2004 in an article titled "To begin with, the President is a fool", he shared his belief that John Kerry would win the 2004 presidential election. In the article, Reeves indicates that he voted absentee for the Democrat. He then shares his bias by saying: "Biased? Of course. That's why I write this column: to share my bias. I am always amazed when I get letters, many of them, accusing me of being a 'liberal' or, a lot worse, an 'elitist.' Yes, I am. Hello!"

In November 2005, Reeves theorized that [2]

Published books

  • A Ford, Not a Lincoln, Harcourt Brace, 1975, ISBN 0-15-132302-X, ISBN 978-0-15-132302-9
  • Old Faces of 1976, Harper and Row, 1976, ISBN 0-06-013526-3, ISBN 978-0-06-013526-3
  • Convention, Harcourt Trade Publishers, 1977, ISBN 0-15-122582-6, ISBN 978-0-15-122582-8
  • American Journey: Traveling with Tocqueville in Search of Democracy in America, Simon & Schuster, 1982, ISBN 0-671-24746-8, ISBN 978-0-671-24746-1
  • Jet Lag: The Running Commentary of a Bicoastal Reporter, Andrews McMeel Publishing, LLC, 1982, ISBN 0-8362-6207-7, ISBN 978-0-8362-6207-0
  • Passage to Peshawar: Pakistan: Between the Hindu Kush and the Arabian Sea, Simon & Schuster, 1983, ISBN 0-671-60539-9, ISBN 978-0-671-60539-1
  • The Reagan Detour, Simon & Schuster, 1984, ISBN 0-671-60702-2, ISBN 978-0-671-60702-9
  • President Kennedy: Profile of Power, Simon & Schuster, 1993, ISBN 0-671-64879-9, ISBN 978-0-671-64879-4
  • Running in Place: How Bill Clinton Disappointed America, Andrews McMeel Publishing, LLC, 1996, ISBN 0-8362-1091-3, ISBN 978-0-8362-1091-0
  • Family Travels -- Around the World in 30 (Or So) Days, Andrews McMeel Publishing, LLC, 1997, ISBN 0-8362-5285-3, ISBN 978-0-8362-5285-9
  • Do the Media Govern?, SAGE Publications, 1997, ISBN 0-8039-5606-1, ISBN 978-0-8039-5606-3, (with Shanto Iyengar)
  • What The People Know: Freedom and the Press, Harvard University Press, 1998, ISBN 0-674-61622-7, ISBN 978-0-674-61622-6
  • President Nixon: Alone in the White House, Simon & Schuster, 2001, ISBN 0-7432-2565-1, ISBN 978-0-7432-2565-6
  • President Reagan: The Triumph of Imagination, Simon & Schuster, 2005, ISBN 0-7432-8230-2, ISBN 978-0-7432-8230-7


Honorary degrees


  1. ^ "Biographical Note". John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum. 
  2. ^ George W Bush, the worst president ever ? -

External links

  • Richard Reeves Official Website
  • John F Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum
  • , December 12, 1993.President Kennedy: Profile of Power interview with Reeves on Booknotes
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