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Jonathan Alter

Award-Winning Columnist, Executive Producer of Amazon's Alpha House, and Author

Known at the podium for his insight, wit and first-hand anecdotes, Alter offers a behind-the-scenes take on life inside the Obama White House, analyzing where the President has succeeded and failed. His presentation is as fresh as the day’s headlines, but informed by a deep knowledge of history and a razor-sharp analytical mind offering audiences the knowledge and information they need to make informed decisions that will affect our country’s future.

BIO

Jonathan Alter is an award-winning author, political analyst, documentary filmmaker, columnist, television producer and radio host. He is the author of three New York Times bestsellers: The Center Holds: Obama and His Enemies (2013), The Promise: President Obama, Year One (2010) and The Defining Moment: FDR’s Hundred Days and the Triumph of Hope (2006), also one of the Times’ “Notable Books” of the year. Since 1996, Alter has been a contributing correspondent and political analyst for NBC News and MSNBC. In 2019, he co-produced and co-directed the HBO documentary, Breslin and Hamill: Deadline Artists.

Alter invested 28 years at Newsweek as a columnist and senior editor, where he wrote more than 50 cover stories and helped shape the magezine’s overall news coverage. Alter is now a columnist for the Daily Beast and the co-host, with his wife, Emily Lazar, and their three children, Charlotte, Tommy, and Molly. The five of the them have created Alter Family Politics, which airs Thursdays at 10:00 a.m. on RadioAndy on SiriusXM 102.

Alter is the winner of numerous awards, including the the Gerald Loeb Award, the Book Award from the New Jersey Council of the Humanities, and National Headliner Award for his coverage of 9/11. He received the John Bartlow Martin Award in 2001 for his reporting on the death penalty and won first place in 2007 for commentary on the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. from the National Associa-tion of Black Journalists. His many awards for media criticism include the Lowell Mellett Award and two New York State Bar Association Media Awards. In 2019, he was one of the inaugural inductees into the New Jersey Journalism Hall of Fame.

A Chicago native, Harvard graduate and resident of Montclair, New Jersey, Alter has also written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Washington Monthly, Rolling Stone, The Atlan-tic, The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, The New Republic, Esquire, Bloomberg View and other publica-tions. In the 2013-2014 season, he served as an executive producer of Alpha House, a 21-episode half-hour political comedy available on Amazon. He is currently at work on a full-length biography of former President Jimmy Carter.

Jonathan Alter is an award-winning author, political analyst, documentary filmmaker, columnist, television producer and radio host. He is the author of three New York Times bestsellers: The Center Holds: Obama and His Enemies (2013), The Promise: President Obama, Year One (2010) and The Defining Moment: FDR’s Hundred Days and the Triumph of Hope (2006), also one of the Times’ “Notable Books” of the year. Since 1996, Alter has been a contributing correspondent and political analyst for NBC News and MSNBC. In 2019, he co-produced and co-directed the HBO documentary, Breslin and Hamill: Deadline Artists.

Alter invested 28 years at Newsweek as a columnist and senior editor, where he wrote more than 50 cover stories and helped shape the magezine’s overall news coverage. Alter is now a columnist for the Daily Beast and the co-host, with his wife, Emily Lazar, and their three children, Charlotte, Tommy, and Molly. The five of the them have created Alter Family Politics, which airs Thursdays at 10:00 a.m. on RadioAndy on SiriusXM 102.

Alter is the winner of numerous awards, including the the Gerald Loeb Award, the Book Award from the New Jersey Council of the Humanities, and National Headliner Award for his coverage of 9/11. He received the John Bartlow Martin Award in 2001 for his reporting on the death penalty and won first place in 2007 for commentary on the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. from the National Associa-tion of Black Journalists. His many awards for media criticism include the Lowell Mellett Award and two New York State Bar Association Media Awards. In 2019, he was one of the inaugural inductees into the New Jersey Journalism Hall of Fame.

A Chicago native, Harvard graduate and resident of Montclair, New Jersey, Alter has also written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Washington Monthly, Rolling Stone, The Atlan-tic, The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, The New Republic, Esquire, Bloomberg View and other publica-tions. In the 2013-2014 season, he served as an executive producer of Alpha House, a 21-episode half-hour political comedy available on Amazon. He is currently at work on a full-length biography of former President Jimmy Carter.

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"Jonathan Alter was wonderful. I'm accustomed to seeing him on television everyday. Having him talk to us in such a personal manner before an event crucial to our country's direction was so special."

Temple Emanuel of Great Neck

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