Richard Reeves

Events & Appearances

Upcoming Events

Beaverton / Portland, OR - May 11, 2015 - Powell's City of Books @ 3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd Talk/Q&A/Book Signing 7 PM

Portland, OR - May 12, 2015 - Diane Rehm Show / NPR interview

Seattle, WA - May 12, 2015 - Elliot Bay Book Company @ 1521 Tenth Ave Blvd Talk/Q&A/Book Signing 7 PM. KUOW recording.

Seattle, WA - May 13, 2015 - KUOW / "The Record" taped studio interview Bainbridge Island, WA - May 14, 2015 - Eagle Harbor Books Talk/Q&A/Book Signing 7:30 PM

New York, NY - May 18, 2015 - PBS / Charlie Rose Show taped television interview; release TBA

New York, NY - May 18, 2015 - New York Historical Society moderated by Leslie Stahl. Talk/Q&A/Book Signing 6:30 PM

Paris, France - November 29, 2013 - The Center for the Study of International Communications hosted talk to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the assassination of JFK. La Galerie Joseph JFK Exhibition 7:15-9:30 PM.

Dallas, TX - February 18, 2014 - Sixth Floor Museum and Southern Methodist University's Presidents and Their Crises symposium. Keynote speaker at symposium's opening presentation at the Sixth Floor Museum. 7:00 PM.

Past Events

Washington, D.C. - May 7, 2015 - Politics & Prose Bookstore and Coffeehouse Talk/Q&A/Book Signing 7 PM

Washington, D.C. - May 7, 2015 - Sirius XM Radio / Mimi Geerges Show taped radio/TV interview to be run through Northern Virginia on Fairfax Public Access TV

Philadelphia, PA - May 6, 2015 - National Constitution Center Talk/Q&A/Book Signing 12 PM

New York, NY - May 5, 2015 - Barnes & Noble @ 150 E 86th St. Talk/Q&A/Book Signing 7 PM

Thousand Oaks, CA - April 30, 2015 - Thousand Oaks Library book signing 7 PM

Los Angeles, CA - April 19, 2015 - USC University Club / Los Angeles Times Festival of Books Panel Event: American Milestones (History). 2 PM

San Antonio, TX - April 11, 2015 - San Antonio Book Festival Panel Event: Imprisoned for Being a Citizen: WWII Internment. Central Library. C-SPAN recorded. 4:30 PM

Dallas, TX — February 18, 2014 — Sixth Floor Museum and Southern Methodist University’s Presidents and Their Crises symposium. Keynote speaker at symposium’s opening presentation at the Sixth Floor Museum. 7:00 PM.

Paris, France — November 29, 2013 — The Center for the Study of International Communications hosted talk to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the assassination of JFK. La Galerie Joseph JFK Exhibition 7:15-9:30 PM.

50th Anniversary of JFK
Miami, FL - November 23, 2013 - Miami Book Fair discussion called Tales of Two Presidents moderated panel to discuss Kennedy. Miami Dade College 1:30 PM

New York, NY - November 22, 2013 - Charlie Rose Show panel interview to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the assassination of JFK. To be aired at 11:00 PM on PBS.

New York, NY / Los Angeles, CA - November 22, 2013 - NBC pre-recorded interview segment to air on "Where were you?" 9:00-11:00PM New York, NY / Los Angeles, CA - November 22, 2013 - CBS pre-recorded interview segment

Chicago, IL - November 20, 2013 - A moderated conversation with University of Chicago Institute of Politics' director, David Axelrod titled The Legacy of JFK 50 Years After the Assassination. Open to students, the media and the public from 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM at the Quadrangle Club.

Albany, NY - November 11, 2013 - WAMC Roundtable Morning Show phone interview with Joe Donahue about The Kennedy Years and anniversary of JFK's assassination.

Washington, DC - September 28, 2013 - The Vietnam Center and Archive at Texas Tech University and The US National Archives hosted Vietnam 1963 Conference. Moderator for Getting in, Getting out: Kennedy and Withdrawal from Vietnam. McGowan Theater, National Archives. 1:30-3:30 PM.

  • Los Angeles — May 1, 2011 — Los Angeles Times Festival of Books on University of California campus @ 1:00 PM
  • Charlottesville, VA — March 18, 2011 — University of Virginia, Center for Politics; "JFK & Camelot: Political Image-Making"
  • New York City — March 17, 2011 — New York Society for Ethical Culture - Reagan / Gorbachev: Did They End the Cold War Forever? @ 6:30 pm - moderated by Lesley Stahl - hosted by New York Historical Society
  • Boston, MA — February 21, 2011 — Kennedy Library - 50th Anniversay Conference and Reunion
  • Los Angeles / Santa Barbara — February 1-2, 2011 — University of Southern California / Reagan Presidential Library - Reagan Centennial Academic Symposium
  • Washington, DC — January 19, 2011 — John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts - 50th Anniversary of JFK Presidency - Panel Discussion
  • Miami, FL — November 21, 2010 — Miami Book Fair, Wolfson Campus of Miami Dade College @ 1:30 pm
  • Los Angeles — November 6, 2010 — Australia Today Show live interview
  • New York City — November 5, 2010 — Charlie Rose Show taped interview (aired November 10, 2010)
  • Los Angeles — November 1, 2010 — Signing at BookSoup @ 7:00 PM
  • Washington, DC — September 15, 2010 — Air Force Association
  • Washington, DC — June 11, 2010 — Fox Hill Retirement Community (Politics & Prose sells) - talk/Q&A/signing @ 4 PM
  • Washington, DC — June 10, 2010 — Treasury Executive Institute (Politics & Prose sells) - talk/Q&A/signing @ 1 PM
  • Washington, DC — June 10, 2010 — Treasury Department Education Institute @ 12:30 pm
  • Pacific Palisades, CA — May 3, 2010 — Signing at Village Books @ 7:30 pm
  • Los Angeles, CA — April 24, 2010 — Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, Haines Hall
  • Pasadena, CA — April 8, 2010 — Signing at Vroman's Bookstore @ 7:00 pm
  • Boston, MA — March 31, 2010 — Mass. Institute of Technology "Modern Space Science and Engineering seminar" - talk/Q&A/signing
  • Dallas, TX — March 18, 2010 — The Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture (books purchased from S&S) - talk/Q&A/signing @ 6 PM
  • Dallas, TX — March 17, 2010 — Frontiers of Flight Museum - talk/Q&A/sign @ 7 PM
  • Boston — February 21, 2010 — The Great Fenway Park Writers Series - talk/Q&A/signing @ 12 noon
  • Los Angeles — February 5, 2010 — Vroman's Books - talk/Q&A/signing, 7 PM
  • San Francisco — January 21, 2010 — Commonwealth Club - talk/Q&A/signing @ 7 PM
  • Los Angeles — January 19, 2010 — USC Annenberg School of Journalism - luncheon/talk/Q&A/signing @ 12 Noon
  • New York — January 14, 2010 — New York Historical Society - in convo with Lesley Stahl/signing @ 6:30 PM
  • Philadelphia — January 13, 2010 — National Constitution Center - talk/Q&A/signing @ 6:30 PM
  • Washington, DC — January 12, 2010 — National Archives - talk/Q&A/signing @ 11:30 AM
  • San Diego — January 8, 2010 — San Diego City Club - talk/Q&A/signing @ 12 noon
  • Denver — January 7, 2010 — Denver Forum - talk/Q&A/signing @ 12 noon
  • Los Angeles, CA — November 7, 2009, 9:45 am — "Global Communication Leadership Forum: "Obama's Afghanistan: The Media and the War" Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, University of Southern California, 134 West Adams Blvd
  • Tempelhof Airport, Berlin — April 23, 2009 — "The Berlin Airlift and American Politics."
  • Los Angeles, CA — April, 25 2009 — Los Angeles Times Book Fair
  • New York , NY — February 11, 2009; 7:30 p.m — Kingsborough Community College
  • Denver, CO — August 26, 2008; 2-3:30 p.m — Denver Art Museum — keynote speaker, "Politics and the Media: Bridging the Political Divide in the 2008 Elections."
  • Grand Forks, ND — September 26, 2008 — University of North Dakota School of Law
  • Moraga, CA — October 8, 2008 — St. Mary's College
  • New York, NY— October 25, 2008 — New York Historical Society — Kennedy and Nixon "If I'm Elected"
  • Paris, France — June 4, 2008 — American Library of Paris
  • New York, NY — May 14, 2008: — The Harvard Club, West 44th St.
  • Boston, MA — May 2, 2008: — Fenway Park; The Great American Writer Series
  • Los Angeles, CA — April 26-27, 2008: — Los Angeles Times Book Fair
  • Hoboken, N.J. — March 7, 2008: — Stevens Institute of Technology: "A Force of Nature: Ernest Rutherford and the Discovery of the Atom"
  • Rancho Mirage ,CA — February 29, 2008: — Rancho Mirage Public Library "Meet the Author"
  • Los Angeles, CA — January 30, 2008: — Los Angeles Public Library "Aloud " series
  • Stanford University — January 23, 2008: — 5 p.m., Stauffer Auditorium of the Hoover Institution
  • Denver, CO — January 17, 2008: — Denver Forum
  • San Diego, CA — January 16, 2008: — San Diego City Club
  • Berlin, Germany — January 9, 2008: — John F. Kennedy Center of the Free University of Berlin
  • Eastern Kentucky University — October 30, 2007: Reeves will speak on "Presidential Character" at Eastern Kentucky University on October 30. The event will be held in the Grand Reading Room of the Crabbe Library at 7 p.m.
  • Berlin, Germany — September 17-19, 2007: — Richard Reeves is the current Holtzbrinck Distinguished Visitor at the American Academy in Berlin. He will be speaking on "The Making of the President, 2008" at the Academy on September 17 at 8 p.m. He will speak on "The American Presidency" at the Heidelberg Center for American Studies on September 19.
  • Bridgehampton, NY — August 25: Hampton Library @ 5:00 PM
  • Durham, NC — Sunday, April 30: North Carolina Festival of the Book, Duke University
  • Thu, Apr 28, 2005 - Fri, Apr 29, 2005: "Richard Nixon as Commander-In-Chief: The History of Nixon and Vietnam"
    Richard Nixon Library (Thu) and Whittier College (Fri)

Ronald Reagan Book Tour
  • Los Angeles, CA — Saturday, April 29 - Sunday, April 30: Los Angeles Times Book Fair
  • Boston, MA — Friday, April 14: The Great Fenway Park Writers Series, Fenway Park
  • Corona, CA — Tuesday, April 4: Corona Public Library
  • Washington, DC — Thursday, March 30: George Washington Hospital: Commemoration and discussion of the 25th anniversary of the attempted assassination and medical recovery of President Reagan.
  • New York, NY — Thursday, March 23: University Club
  • Miami, FL — Tuesday, March 21: Books & Books
  • Los Angeles, CA — Thursday, March 16: Plato Society
  • Philadelphia, PA — Tuesday, February 21: University of Pennsylvania, Annenberg School with Professor David Eisenhower.
  • Boston, MA — Monday, February 20: President's Day lecture at Kennedy Library: "My Three Presidents: Reagan, Kennedy and Nixon."
  • New York, NY — Friday, February 17: Charlie Rose Show
  • Palm Springs, CA — Wednesday, February 15: Peppertree Books @ 7:00pm
  • Simi Valley, CA — Wednesday, February 8: Ronald Reagan Presidential Library @ 5:00pm
  • Los Angeles, CA — Tuesday, January 31: Reception & Booksigning at University of Southern California
  • Los Angeles, CA — Thursday, January 26: Duttons Bookstore
  • Denver, CO — Wednesday, January 25: TBA
  • Washington, DC — Thursday, January 19th: Reading at Politics & Prose
  • Chicago, IL — Thursday, January 19: Luncheon at Union League Club
  • Chicago, IL — Wednesday, January 18: Chicago Council on Foreign Affairs
  • Los Angeles, CA — Tuesday, January 17: LA Public Library @ 7:00pm
  • Yorba Linda, CA — Monday, January 16: Nixon Library
  • San Diego, CA — Thursday, January 12: The City Club and San Diego Public Library's Great American Writers Series
  • New York, NY — Friday, January 6: Today Show, NBC

  • Fri, Feb 18, 2005

    Keynote speech, North Carolina Press Association Banquet . Duke University hosts the North Carolina Press Association Banquet.

  • Thu, Feb 3, 2005 - Fri, Feb 4, 2005

    "The Legacy of Watergate: Opening the Woodward and Bernstein Papers."

    The University of Texas at Austin presents the opening of the Woodward and Bernstein Watergate Papers and the symposium "The Legacy of Watergate: Opening the Woodward and Bernstein Papers." The papers were opened to researchers, scholars and the public at The University's Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center at 9 a.m., Friday, Feb. 4. Select items from the papers will be on display on the first floor of the Ransom Center through Sunday, Feb. 27 and an online exhibition is available on the Ransom Center web page.

  • Mon, Nov 22, 2004

    "US Presidential Elections 2004: How did It Happen and What Does It Mean?"

    In the last in a series of three lectures at CECI on the Presidential Election Process, Richard Reeves discussed the results of the US Presidential Elections both from the point of view of why the winner was elected and what his election means for the United States and international politics. Presented by: The Center for the Study of International Communications and The International Communications Department of The American University of Paris.

  • Thu, Oct 28, 2004

    "The Art of News"

    Newsweek presents "The Art of News" with Richard Reeves and Carl Bernstein at the 45th Street Theatre.

  • Sat, Oct 23, 2004

    "Peshawar, Pakistan and My Three Presidents."

    Richard Reeves interweaves commentary about presidents Kennedy, Nixon and Reagan with recollections of life on the Pakistan/Afghanistan border and observations on U.S. relationships with that region of the world.

  • Mon, Oct 11, 2004

    "Campaign X-Ray, 2004: Stripping the Surface Off the Bush-Kerry Race, and What's at Stake."

    The New York Observer hosts post-Presidential debate political roundtable, featuring Mario Cuomo, William Weld, David Boies, Kieran Mahoney, John Ellis and Howard Wolfson, and moderated by acclaimed presidential historian Richard Reeves. The panel examines the tactics, issues and stakes of the Presidential race, as it stands between the second and third debates.

    To see a transcript of the roundtable, click here.

    To see the complete roundtable, click here.

Richard Reeves stopped writing his syndicated column at the end of 2014 after 35 years in more than 160 newspapers and websites.

Latest Column

American Hero; American Story

LOS ANGELES — In the final months of any presidency, the men and women serving in the administration are ready to leave and move on with their lives. That was true of Harold Tyler, a New York lawyer who was the deputy attorney general for civil rights as the Eisenhower administration was winding down in 1960. But he had to find his own replacement, not an easy job because few lawyers were eager to leave their practices and lives to serve a few months in Washington.

Column Archive

A Revisionist Take On President Obama

LOS ANGELES — "Democrats Worry Obama Is Helping Their Rivals" was the headline over an article last Friday in the Los Angeles Times. I think that was the one thousandth piece I have read in the last couple of months saying that the president has low approval ratings and will hurt Democratic candidates in November's Senate and House elections.

Cuba: Let's Get Over It

LOS ANGELES — "Of all sad words of tongue or pen, the saddest of these are, 'It might have been.'" So said John Greenleaf Whittier more than a hundred years ago.

Say It Ain't So, Joe!

LOS ANGELES — I could be mad at Vice President Joe Biden, who has been here for two days and tied up traffic for miles at a time. But it's hard. He's just too nice a guy, even if he talks too much — and worse, these days, tells the truth.

Learning From History

It is something of a cliche to quote George Santayana one more time, saying, "Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it." But for folks of my age, ignorant repetition has been a constant in our lives. And, of course, it is happening again right now.

Labor Day — You Remember 'Labor,' Don't You?

WASHINGTON — I woke up last Thursday morning to learn that my FedEx man does not work for FedEx. Voices on National Public Radio's "Morning Edition" informed me that although FedEx controls just about every minute of its drivers' days, the corporation regards them as "independent contractors." Thus, no benefits — they even have to pay for their own uniforms — and the workers can be kicked out anytime FedEx feels like it.

Is Obama Too Thoughtful To Be President?

LOS ANGELES — Welcome to Presidency 101. What would you do if you were "the most powerful person in the world" and:

None Dare Call It Treason

WASHINGTON — Hooray! Hooray! The wicked Congress has gone home. So to speak, since most of the members actually live right here in the capital city and environs.

The Rising Tide: Will All Boats Be Lifted?

LOS ANGELES — We have lived for decades, even centuries, with the economic faith that a rising tide lifts all boats. But what if it doesn't? What happens then, economically and politically?

The Children Of The Border

LOS ANGELES — Last Monday, a chartered flight took 38 mothers and children, who had been held in a detention center in Artesia, New Mexico, to San Pedro Sula in Honduras. That's a tough town of drug dealers, violence and children soldiers, sometimes called "The Murder Capital of the World."

Catching Up With Big Data

LOS ANGELES — This is a column about "Big Data" and a new way to predict the results of presidential elections for the next 20 years.

Will The New York Times Take Us To War Again?

CHICAGO — I have never been much of a fan of the journalistic self-examination practiced by folks identified as "ombudsman" or "public editor." I changed my mind last Sunday, and I'll get to that in a minute.

American Is Being More Polarized — Again

LOS ANGELES — The most fascinating of the many theories about the fall of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in a Republican primary earlier this month has to do with the redistricting after the 2010 Census. He was supposed to be helped by having very politically conservative New Kent County added to the 7th Congressional District in place of more liberal precincts in the Richmond area. But the voters of New Kent, a 75 percent Republican stronghold, voted against Cantor by almost 2-to-1.

What Can We Do In Iraq? Nothing!

LOS ANGELES — Taking a couple of shots at President Obama over the latest round of war in Iraq, House Speaker John Boehner said last week: "This has been building for weeks."

Welcome Home, Sergeant

LOS ANGELES — If today's Republican Party had been around during the Civil War, it would have tried to stop its own president, a fellow named Lincoln, from appointing Gen. Ulysses S. Grant commander of the Union Army because he drank on duty — quite a lot, apparently. And if the president was a Democrat, say Thomas Jefferson, the Republicans would be calling for hearings to find out the "real" reason he was sending Lewis and Clark into the wilderness to learn what was out there between the Mississippi and the Pacific.

Preserve Us From Old Fools On Horseback

LOS ANGELES — "This is the beginning of taking America back," said Shawna Cox, who had come from Kanab, Utah, one of hundreds of "patriots" supporting Cliven Bundy, the Nevada rancher who has refused to pay a million dollars in grazing fees to the Federal Bureau of Land Management, which oversees 85 percent of the dusty land of that state. That makes him a hero to folks like Cox, who have traveled hundreds and thousands of miles, toting their guns, to drive off U.S. Park Rangers trying to drive his cattle off federal land.

Why We Need Local Reporting

LOS ANGELES — Last Thursday was an interesting news day around here — and one that highlighted the importance of local reporting as newspapers fade away across the country.

Voting Laws: The Last Stand Of The Old And The White

NEW YORK — When the Constitution of the first modern democracy, the United States of America, was written, only about 10 percent of the population of the 13 states was granted the right to vote: white men who owned property.

War As A Spectator Sport

LOS ANGELES — Sad to say, the most telling commentary on world affairs these days seems to come from comedians. The latest is Jimmy Fallon, the new "Tonight Show" host, who responded to Secretary of State John Kerry's reaction to the news that Russian soldiers were moving into Crimea:

Deep In The Dark Heart Of Texas

DALLAS — Greg Abbott, a former judge and three-term attorney general of the great state of Texas, is expected to be the state's next governor. His official biography puts him on the side of God, the American way and children of all ages:

Presidents Are People, Too

DALLAS — A few months ago, I agreed to talk at a program at the Sixth Floor Museum here, the building once called the Texas School Book Depository, the building from which Lee Harvey Oswald waited, on the sixth floor, with a rifle for the motorcade that carried President John F. Kennedy to Dealey Plaza on Nov. 22, 1963.

One Nation, Indivisible

LOS ANGELES — Immigration is something like the weather. Everyone talks about it, but not many people really want to do anything about it.

A Little Giant Retires

LOS ANGELES — I took my J448 students — that's "Government and Public Affairs Reporting" at the Annenberg School for Communications and Journalism at the University of Southern California — to a local Democratic club last Sunday. I wanted them to see and meet the new mayor of Los Angeles, Eric Garcetti, and one of the most effective elected officials of his generation, Congressman Henry Waxman.

Are We A Nation Of Cheaters And Liars?

LOS ANGELES — I was surprised to see two long stories in last Thursday's New York Times about the same subject: cheating.

Loving New Jersey

LOS ANGELES — I grew up in Jersey — Jersey City. I don't remember being west of the Delaware River until I was in college. I thought the United States was an Italian country governed by the Irish.

The Tea Party: Remember George Wallace

LOS ANGELES — It is refreshing for me to find myself in agreement with "mainstream" Republicans, beginning with House Speaker John Boehner and Rep. Paul Ryan. I think.

Happy New Year, Mr. President

LOS ANGELES — There was a cigarette commercial in the early 1960s that went, "I'm smoking more and enjoying it less." The president at the time, John F. Kennedy, going through a rough patch, was asked how he felt about one negative story after another in the nation's press. "Well," he said, "I'm reading more and enjoying it less."

The Drone Next Door

LOS ANGELES — The news of the day Friday included a dispatch from Saudi Arabia reporting that 11 people were killed by drone-fired missiles in a remote corner of Yemen. The story added that five days before, three men were killed in a drone attack in another part of the country.

Should We Get Older? Why?

The International Herald Tribune is gone after more than 125 years as the American paper in France and then all over the world. Two months ago, it was renamed The International New York Times. That's a bit sad for someone like me who began at the New York Herald Tribune before it folded in 1966. Luckily, I was picked up by The Times, so my loyalties are split.

The Legend Will Never Die

NEW YORK — Twenty-five years ago, I asked Charles Bartlett, a syndicated columnist, about his old and close friend John F. Kennedy. I have seen his answer published and broadcast dozens of times these past weeks as the nation marks the anniversary of the assassination of our 35th president.