Jon Meacham, 2014
|Born||Jon Ellis Meacham|
May 20, 1969
Chattanooga, Tennessee, U.S.
|Occupation||Writer, journalist, editor|
|Residence||Belle Meade, Tennessee|
|Alma mater||The University of the South|
|Notable awards||Pulitzer Prize|
|Spouse||Margaret Keith Smythe Meacham|
Jon Ellis Meacham (; born May 20, 1969) is a writer, reviewer, and presidential biographer. A former Executive Editor and Executive Vice President at Random House, he is a contributing writer to The New York Times Book Review, a contributing editor to Time magazine, and a former Editor-in-Chief of Newsweek. He is the author of several books. He won the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography for American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House. He holds the Carolyn T. and Robert M. Rogers Endowed Chair in American Presidency at Vanderbilt University.
Jon Meacham is a well-respected, Pulitzer Prize-winning, and New York Times bestselling presidential historian and journalist. He has written numerous books on American history and U.S. presidents. Meacham has explored America's leaders in such works as Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power as well as his biography of Andrew Jackson, American Lion, which won the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography.
Meacham was selected by the Bush family to be the official biographer for George H. W. Bush. Meacham's book about the former president, Destiny and Power: The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush, was published in 2015. Meacham was asked to give and eventually gave eulogies for both President Bush and Barbara Bush when they died in 2018.
From May 2010 to April 2011, Meacham was co-host with Alison Stewart of Need to Know on PBS. He is also a frequent guest on MSNBC's Morning Joe and has appeared multiple times on HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher.
Meacham taught history at his alma mater, the University of the South, in 2014. He was a visiting professor of political science at Vanderbilt University before being appointed to the Carolyn T. and Robert M. Rogers Chair in American Presidency. Meacham has been strongly critical of President Donald Trump; in a 2018 New York Times article, he compared Trump to the Rev. Charles Coughlin, a Catholic priest known for his passionate radio sermons sprinkled with antisemitism. Meacham also drew an unfavorable comparison of Trump's manner of speaking with the more eloquent styles of Franklin D. Roosevelt and Ronald Reagan.
Meacham has been awarded honorary doctorates from several universities: Dickinson College and his alma mater, The University of the South D.Litt, in May 2010;Loyola University New Orleans DHL on 12 May 2012;Wake Forest University,Middlebury College D.Litt on 28 May 2017.  and the University of Tennessee DHL in December 2017; and the University of Massachusetts Lowell in 2018. and Millsaps College on 11 May 2019.