Richard Reeves

Events & Appearances


Upcoming Events

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

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. http://wamc.org/post/kennedy-years-pages-new-times-richard-reeves

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.



Latest Column

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.


Column Archive

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

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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

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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.

The Kennedy Myth? The Kennedy Legacy?

NEW YORK — It was the usual suspects taping the Charlie Rose show last Monday: a quartet of writers who had written books about the life or the presidency of John F. Kennedy — Robert Dallek, Michael Beschloss, Jeff Greenfield and me, along with Jill Abramson, the editor of The New York Times.

What The President Knew And When He Knew It

LOS ANGELES — The president knew. Presidents always know, but are supposed to be protected from what they saw, heard and did when the best-laid plans hit the fan.

Maybe The Tea Party Won

LOS ANGELES — Perhaps those tea party guys are smarter than they look. After all, these men and women in Congress came to Washington determined to cripple big government — or even destroy it. They, 30 or 40 bent Republicans, were mad as hell at where the country is going and how it is governed. Now, with a minimum of sabotage, millions and millions of Americans, Republicans and Democrats alike, share their hatred of Washington.

Health Care: Deja Vu All Over Again

LOS ANGELES — Several years ago, Mike Pence, then a Republican congressman from Indiana, told Andrea Mitchell that Medicare was a failure because its costs had exceeded 1965 actuarial estimates. So they have, because Americans are living longer, largely because of Medicare and Medicaid.

Next GOP Move: Impeach Obama!

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The Republicans: Insane Or Just Crazy?

LOS ANGELES — Dana Milbank of The Washington Post reported on a meeting recently at the Heritage Foundation, the very conservative "think tank" in Washington, to discuss the terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya, that killed four Americans on Sept. 11, 2012.

One Man's Brave New World

LOS ANGELES — "It might be called the age of the genius machines, and it will be the people who work with them that will rise. One day soon we will look back and see that we have produced two nations — a fantastically successful nation, working in the technologically dynamic sectors, and everyone else. Average is over."

Seven Little Words; Let's Go To War Again

WASHINGTON — Syria: We're damned if we do, damned if we don't.

The American Dilemma: Slavery To Race To Class

WASHINGTON — The power of historians and of the press is that they get to choose which events will be remembered and which fade into obscurity. Our choice concerning the events of Aug. 28, 1963, made with the help of news film, is the elevation of the performance and words of Martin Luther King Jr. and the obscuring of the fear that gripped the nation that hot and sunny day.

Document 9: China Declares War On The United States

NEW YORK — Five years after Richard Nixon resigned as president, I did a long interview with him in his hideaway office in a downtown federal building. We were talking about the travels and writings of Alexis de Tocqueville, the French author of "Democracy in America." I was then seeking out the current counterparts of the Americans who talked with Tocqueville during his nine-month journey through the new and democratic United States in the 1830s.

All Men Are Created Equal; Not So Much In The Usa

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The Post-gridlock Republicans

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A Big Tragedy And A Big Story: Race, Guns And Television

LOS ANGELES — In 1831, Alexis de Tocqueville, the young Frenchman traveling in the United States to research what many think is still the best book on America and Americans, was seated next to former President John Quincy Adams at a dinner in Boston. They talked: