Newsweek editor Jon Meacham confirmed as keynote speaker at History Makers 2008 Summit January 17-19

    TORONTO, Jan. 10 /CNW/ - Executive Producer Bill Nemtin announced that
Newsweek Editor Jon Meacham will deliver the keynote address at the History
Makers 2008 Summit, January 17-19 in New York. Mr. Meacham joins a remarkable
line-up of professionals from the broadcast and journalism industries and he
will be speaking on this year's pivotal U.S. Presidential election.
    In 2006 Jon Meacham wrote about the upcoming election in the "Editor's
Desk" letter of the year-end issue of Newsweek, in words that are equally
relevant today:
    "As the first truly competitive female and black candidates, Senators
Clinton and Obama are substantially raising the stakes of an already
historically noteworthy campaign: 2008 marks the first time since 1952 that
neither major-party ticket will feature an incumbent president or vice
president. The field is open, the issues - chiefly about our engagement with a
threatening world - crucial. Every campaign is important, but some are more
important than others, and the 2008 race is one of those."
    For more information on Jon Meacham's keynote address and the History
Makers Summit and to register go to
    Jon Meacham became Editor in October 2006, after serving as Managing
Editor since November 1998. In this position, he oversees all day-to-day
editorial operations of Newsweek and As Managing Editor, Meacham
supervised Newsweek's coverage of politics, international affairs, and
breaking news, and has written cover stories on politics, religion, guns in
America, race, and the death of Ronald Reagan. In 2001, he was key in the
editing of the magazine's coverage of the September 11 attacks, and oversaw
both domestic and international reporting. Newsweek's coverage was honored
with a National Magazine Award for General Excellence in 2002. In 2003,
Newsweek won the award again, this time for coverage of President Bush and the
war in Iraq.
    He is a published author of several books, notably: American Gospel: God,
the Founding Fathers, and the Making of a Nation which has become both a New
York Times and Washington Post bestseller. Meacham's Franklin and Winston: An
Intimate Portrait of an Epic Friendship, a chronicle of the wartime
relationship between Roosevelt and Churchill, became a New York Times
bestseller. Meacham has also written for The New York Times Book Review, The
Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times Book Review, and The Washington Post
Book World. In 2001, he edited Voices in Our Blood: America's Best on the
Civil Rights Movement, a literary anthology of the most important non-fiction
accounts of the twentieth-century battle against Jim Crow.
    "Mr. Meacham's outstanding accomplishments define him as a major force in
the world of journalism," says Bill Nemtin. "To be able to present this kind
of keynote at History Makers is an unparalleled opportunity for our
    AETN's The History Channel plays host to this year's Summit, with
partners from key international companies from around the world including
History Television Canada, ZDF, Focal, WGBH, Faith and Values, CBC, WNET, NBC
Universal and RAI. For more information on History Makers 2008 including a
full schedule of sessions and partnership opportunities, visit our website at

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