Jeff Greenfield is one of the sharpest, wittiest minds around when it comes to discussing politics, current events and media.
A veteran political, media and culture reporter and analyst, he most recently served as CBS Senior Political Correspondent and is currently a columnist for Yahoo! News and the anchor for PBS’ “Need to Know.” Any interview he does is fun, stimulating and often buzzworthy. Don’t wait for an edited clip to show up online—be there when the news happens and ask your own questions.
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Joe Klein is one of America’s best political journalists, a provocative and probing analyst of events in our nation’s capital and abroad. The New York Times proclaimed, “Klein possesses one of the more musical ears in American politics, a gift for hearing what others miss.”
His weekly column, “In the Arena,” and blog posts for "Swampland" cover US politics, elections and foreign policy. In an age of "armchair columnists," he insists on reporting the facts for himself, traveling to combat zones—including frequent trips to Afghanistan, Iran and the Middle East—and on campaign buses at home during his popular road trip series. “In the Arena” has won two National Headliner Awards for best magazine column.
A veteran of 10 presidential campaigns, Klein has been praised for his “dogged reporting, a thorough, subtle grasp of issues, and a clear-eyed, compelling style.” He is the rare political junkie who loves the intricacies of policy-making, has extensive sources not only within the US Government but throughout the world.
Klein wrote the #1 bestseller, Primary Colors, as “Anonymous.” The New York Times Book Review called it “one of the best political novels to appear in the latter half of the 20th Century;” it later became a major motion picture.
His other books include: The Running Mate; The Natural: The Misunderstood Presidency of Bill Clinton; and Politics Lost, an analysis of the last 35 years of American politics and what Klein calls the “pollster-consultant industrial complex."
Klein is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a frequent guest on "The Chris Matthews Show," CNN and MSNBC. Early in his career, he wrote for Rolling Stone, New York, Newsweek and The New Yorker.
Klein has written more than 25 cover stories for TIME. Since 2010, he has taken a series of annual election "road trips" across America, driving through regions of the country to interview voters, politicians, and community leaders about the nation's most important concerns.
His next book, to be published by Simon & Schuster, will explore veterans from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars bringing their skills and leadership lessons home and making a difference in communities across America.
Jeff Greenfield, a veteran political, media and culture reporter and analyst, has spent more than thirty years on network television. He most recently served as CBS Senior Political Correspondent and is currently working as a columnist for Yahoo! News and anchor for PBS' "Need to Know."
Prior to his return to "CBS News," Greenfield had been senior analyst for CNN since 1998. During that time, he served as its lead analyst for its coverage of the primaries, conventions, presidential debates and election nights, as well as presidential funerals and Supreme Court confirmation hearings. Greenfield also has reported on the media, culture and trends for the cable network.
Though the five-time Emmy winner’s reporting has taken him to locales around the world from South Africa, to Japan, to Europe, he is principally known for his coverage of domestic politics and media. He has served as a floor reporter or anchor booth analyst for every national convention since 1988. He has twice been named to TV Guide's All-Star team as best political commentator and was cited by the Washington Journalism Review as "the best in the business" for his media analysis.
Before joining CNN, Greenfield was a political and media analyst for "ABC News" (1983-97), appearing primarily on "Nightline" and delivering weekly commentaries for "World News Sunday." Previously, he was the media commentator for "CBS News" (1979-83). Greenfield has also appeared on William F. Buckley's "Firing Line" and PBS' "We Interrupt This Week." He was the anchor of PBS' "CEO Exchange," a limited-run series, for five seasons.
Greenfield, a native of New York City, graduated with honors from the University of Wisconsin, where he was Editor-in-Chief of The Daily Cardinal. He is an honors graduate of Yale Law School, where he was a Note and Comment Editor of the Yale Law Journal.
Following law school, Greenfield worked as a speechwriter in the Senate ODIC and 1968 Presidential campaign of Robert Kennedy. He then worked as Chief Speechwriter for New York City Mayor John Lindsay. Greenfield spent seven years with famed political consultant David Garth, and wrote books and magazine articles as well.
Greenfield has authored or co-authored 12 books, including national bestselling novel The People’s Choice, The Real Campaign and Oh, Waiter! One Order of Crow!, an insider account of the contested 2000 presidential election. His latest book Then Everything Changed: Stunning Alternate Histories of American Politics – JFK, RFK, Carter, Ford, Reagan, which was released to great acclaim in March 2011. A follow-up e-book, 43*: When Gore Beat Bush – A Political Fable, in September 2012, and his latest, If Kennedy Lived: The First and Second Terms of President John F. Kennedy: An Alternate History. He is a columnist for Yahoo! News.