Evan Thomas of Newsweek
to Discuss Presidential Race at UCSD

December 5, 2007

By Henry DeVries

Evan Thomas, managing editor of Newsweek, will deliver a free public lecture on “The Race for the Presidency: 2008” at 7 p.m. Thursday, January 17 at the UC San Diego Price Center Ballroom. The event is open to the public with no tickets or reservations required. Parking at UC San Diego is $3 after 4:30 pm.

Thomas has been assistant managing editor at Newsweek since 1991. He is the magazine's lead writer on major news stories and the author of many longer features, including Newsweek’s special behind-the-scenes issues on presidential elections and more than a hundred cover stories. Thomas was  pivotal in spearheading Newsweek’s award-winning coverage on the war on terror from the Washington bureau.

For 10 years, 1986-1996, Thomas was Newsweek’s Washington bureau chief. From 1977-1986, he was a writer and editor at Time magazine. He has won numerous journalism awards, including a National Magazine Award in 1998 for Newsweek’s coverage of the Monica Lewinsky scandal.

Since 1992, Thomas has been a regular weekly panelist on the syndicated public-affairs talk show, "Inside Washington."  He has appeared on numerous television shows as a commentator, including: NBC's "Meet the Press" and "Today"; CBS's "Face the Nation"; ABC's "Nightline" and "Good Morning America"; CNN's "Larry King Live," and PBS's "Charlie Rose," and "The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer."

Thomas is the author of six books, all published by Simon & Schuster: "John Paul Jones," a biography of the American revolutionary (2003), a New York Times best seller; "Robert Kennedy: His Life" (2000); "The Very Best Men: The Early Years of the CIA" (1995); "The Man to See: The Life of Edward Bennett Williams" (1991), "The Wise Men: Six Friends and the World They Made" (with Walter Isaacson, 1986), and "Ships in the Night: Four Naval Commanders and the Last Sea War," (2006).

In 2003-2004, Thomas was a visiting professor at Princeton. In 2004-2005, he was a visiting professor at Harvard. He is a graduate of Harvard and the University of Virginia Law School. He lives with his wife and two children in Washington, D.C.

The Thomas lecture is sponsored by the UC San Diego Extension’s Helen Edison Lecture Series, Launched in 1987 with a major gift from a late philanthropist, the Helen Edison Lecture Series presents ongoing free public lectures on issues that advance humanitarian purposes and objectives. Attended annually by thousands, past speakers include former Vice President Al Gore, Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus, linguistic scholar Noam Chomsky, former secretary of defense Robert McNamara, and Nobel Prize in Literature winner Toni Morrison.

For additional information contact UC San Diego Extension’s Helen Edison Lecture Series at (858) 822-0510, email emunk@ucsd.edu  or visit http://helenedison.ucsd.edu.


Media Contact: Henry DeVries, 858-534-9955 or 619-540-3031 (after hours)

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