Jon Meacham Biography

Updated On Feb 13, 2018 Published On Aug 23, 2016
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Date of Birth: 1969 , May-20
Birth Nation: United States
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Jon Meacham has been married to his lovely wife Margaret Keith Smythe Meacham and they are together for a long time. Margaret Keith Smythe Meacham is a former executive director of the Harlem Day Charter School. As a married couple, they welcomed three children. Jon's nationality is American and he is of white ethnicity.

Jon joined the St. Nicholas School and the McCallie School. After his high school, he got enrolled at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee with a major in English Literature. He finally earned his summa cum laude from there in 1991.

In January 1995, he was hired by Newsweek; Initially, he was hired as a writer and a few months later, he was named the national affair's editor. At the end of 1998, he became the managing editor and after serving as the managing editor of Newsweek for about eight years, he became the editor-in-chief in September 2006.

After working in Newsweek for about one and half decade, he announced his departure from there in August 2010. Besides Newsweek, he also worked as a reviewer at The New York Times, The New York Times Book Review, The Washington Post and many more.

In 2001, he edited an article Voices in Our Blood: America's Best on the Civil Rights Movement. He is also a great writer. In 2012, he published a book titled The Art of Power. A biography of Andrew Jackson titled American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House was published by him in 2008. Reportedly, from his profession, he earns about $800,000 annually and his net worth is expected in millions of dollars.

48 years of age, Jon has written above 28 articles that became famous and his renowned articles and writings are American Lion, The Beat with Ari Melber, Hey Boo: Harper Lee and 'To Kill a Mockingbird', The Roosevelts: An Intimate History.

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Born in Chattanooga, Tennessee, United States

1969

Tall and handsome, Jon Meacham was born as Jon Ellis Meacham at the end of 1960s in Chattanooga, Tennessee, United States of America to Jere Ellis Meacham and Linda McBrayer Meacham. His mother was an executive. His nationality is American and he is of white ethnicity.

Graduated from University of the South

1991

Jon was educated at St. Nicholas School and the McCallie School. After his high school, he got enrolled at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee with a major in English Literature. He finally earned his summa cum laude from there in 1991.

Joined Newsweek

1995

He has been pursuing his professional career since the mid 1990s. In January 1995, he was hired by Newsweek. Initially he was hired as a writer and few months later, he was named the national affairs editor.

Was named managing editor

1998

Jon Meacham is a writer and an editor from United States. At the end of 1998, he became the managing editor. After serving as the managing editor of Newsweek for about eight years, he was named the editor-in-chief in September 2006.

Departed from Newsweek

2010

After working in Newsweek for about one and half decade, he announced his departure from there in August 2010. Besides Newsweek, he also worked as a reviewer at The New York Times, The New York Times Book Review, The Washington Post and many more. There also wrote several essays.

Edited an article, Voices in Our Blood

2001

He is a renowned editor from United States. In 2001, he edited an article Voices in Our Blood: America's Best on the Civil Rights Movement. He is also known for being an editor of American Homer: Reflections on Shelby Foote and His Classic.

Published a book, The Art of Power

2012

He is also a great writer. In 2012, he published a book titled The Art of Power. A biography of Andrew Jackson titled American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House was published by him in 2008. In 2015, he wrote Destiny and Power. 

Co hosted the show, Need to Know on PBS

2010

Besides being known as a writer and an editor, he is also famous for being a TV personality. From May 2010, he began co hosting the show Need to Know on PBS with Alison Stewart. He hosted this show till April 2011. 

Received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters

2005

In 2005, he was awarded with an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters. He received this honor from the Berkeley Divinity School at Yale University. He also has five other honorary doctorates. He has also once been awarded with Meacham the Hubert H. Humphrey First Amendment Prize.