Jonathan Alter is a senior editor at Newsweek magazine where he writes a widely-acclaimed column that examines politics, media and social and global issues. He will be presenting his new book, The Defining Moment: FDR's Hundred Days and the Triumph of Hope, to coincide with the 70th anniversary of Roosevelt's famous "I Hate War" speech delivered in the Amphitheater in 1936.
Mr. Alter has covered the last six presidential campaigns for Newsweek, and he frequently interviews American presidents and other world leaders, regularly breaks news and has authored more than 50 Newsweek cover stories. Since 1996, he has also been a contributing correspondent for NBC News, where he appears regularly on all NBC broadcasts including TODAY, NBC Nightly News, NBC News specials, MSNBC and CNBC. Mr. Alter has earned many awards for his political columns, including a prize from the National Headliner Awards for Special Column on One Subject for a series of columns on life after 9/11. He was also part of the teams of Newsweek reporters and editors awarded the prestigious National Magazine Award for General Excellence in 1993, 2002, 2004. Among other awards, he has received the 1993 National Headliner Award for Consistently Outstanding Feature Column and was selected as one of the nation's most influential media critics in 1995.