Texas Monthly Talks

Newsweek Editor
Jon Meacham

Jon Meacham

Web Extra

Full interview at klru.tv

Notes from Evan Smith

"What they said once upon a time about Al Gore they say about this week's guest, Jon Meacham: He's an old person's idea of a young person. Of course, having turned forty not long ago, Meacham is hardly young in a literal sense, but there's no denying his rapid success at an early age in what is clearly an industry that values its gray hairs and grizzled veterans. He joined the staff of Newsweek, one of the most storied and venerated publications of our lifetime, as a writer all the way back in January 1995 -- more than fifteen years ago. He was quickly promoted to national affairs editor, and by 1998, all of 29 years old, he was named managing editor, and in 2006 he was promoted to editor. He continues in that capacity today, as the guy who runs a weekly newsmagazine with a circulation in the millions, at a time when great change has gotten hold of the both the magazine business and the news business. Greater competition than ever before, across more platforms and more devices, and a greater demand for information than ever before have conspired to complicate Meacham's job, but he's reasonably cheerful about the challenges he faces; what choice does he have? Born in Chattanooga, Tennessee, he graduated summa cum laude from the University of the South with a degree in English literature and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He is an author as well as an editor, and no slouch in that department. Despite having one of the busiest lives you could imagine, he's managed published four books in the last seven years, but the most recent, American Lion, Andrew Jackson in the White House, is best known and best acclaimed, as it won him the Pulitzer Prize for for Biography in 2009. One of the smartest and funniest people I've gotten to know in this little world of ours, he's always fun to talk with and listen to, as you're about to see." - Evan Smith, Texas Monthly Talks, Broadcast 02.18.10