John McLaughlin is the creator, executive producer and host of two of America's most talked about weekly public affairs programs: The McLaughlin Group, which premiered in 1982, and John McLaughlin's One On One, first telecast in 1984.
Dr. McLaughlin's incisive journalistic interviewing and moderating style, coupled with his wry sense of humor, have earned him numerous awards for The McLaughlin Group, and a reputation as an oft-quoted newsmaker for his acclaimed John McLaughlin's One On One. Both highly rated, the programs air nationally on select CBS-owned stations and on public television stations coast-to-coast. The McLaughlin Group also airs internationally on U.S. Armed Forces Television, and on the WORLDNET satellite service operated around the world by the U.S. government.
From 1989 through early 1994, Dr. McLaughlin also produced and hosted McLaughlin, a lively, probing one-hour nightly talk show on CNBC Cable. During its five year run, the program earned three prestigious Cable ACE Award nominations.
From 1981 to 1989, Dr. McLaughlin was Washington editor and columnist for the National Review. His monthly column, "From Washington Straight," provided readers with the inside story on politics and world affairs from the nation's capital.
Before his broadcasting career, Dr. McLaughlin served as a speechwriter and special assistant to Presidents Nixon and Ford, and was associate editor of America, a weekly opinion journal. He also taught and lectured throughout the U.S. and abroad.
As an international journalist, Dr. McLaughlin has visited Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, Europe, and Pacific Rim countries, giving him a unique perspective on world affairs. In addition to regularly interviewing the major political and governmental figures in the U.S., he has conducted interviews on location with world leaders such as Mohammed Zia Ul-Haq, President of Pakistan; Miguel de la Madrid and Carlos Salinas de Gortari, both Presidents of Mexico; Garret FitzGerald, Prime Minister of Ireland; Valery Giscard D'Estaing, former President of France; and Oscar Arias Sanchez, President of Costa Rica. He met with King Hussein of Jordan and reported from deep within Kurdish territory when he interviewed Prime Minister Tansu Ciller of Turkey.
As a preeminent news personality, Dr. McLaughlin is frequently called upon to make guest appearances on a variety of local and nationally aired radio and television programs as well as major motion picture films, among them, "Dave" "Mission Impossible" and "Independence Day."
John McLaughlin holds a Ph.D. from Columbia University, and two Master's degrees from Boston College.
Eleanor Clift is a Washington correspondent for the Daily Beast, an online news site. She reports on the White House, Congress and the diverse personalities who make up the capital’s power structure.
Formerly a contributing editor for Newsweek, Clift was a key member of the magazine's political team. She followed the campaign of Bill Clinton from its start, and in June 1992 was named deputy Washington bureau chief. She played a key role in Newsweek's Special Election Project, assembling a behind-the-scenes chronicle of the 2000 presidential campaign and First Lady Hillary Clinton's historic run for the U.S. Senate, and in 2008, Barack Obama’s historic victory, documented in the Newsweek book, “A Long Time Coming.”
Newsweek merged with the Daily Beast in 2010, and in 2012, Newsweek ended its print edition. In 2013, Newsweek was sold to IBT Media based in New York, and Clift ended her long association with the magazine and embraced the digital future with the Daily Beast. For those wondering about the site’s name, the Daily Beast comes from the satirical novel, “Scoop,” by Evelyn Waugh, about the tabloid wars in Britain.
Clift began her career as a secretary for Newsweek in New York, rising through the ranks to become the magazine’s White House Correspondent during the Carter and Reagan administrations. After President Reagan’s landslide reelection, she left Newsweek to cover the White House for the Los Angeles Times. A year later she returned to Newsweek and a new assignment as the magazine's congressional and political correspondent, a position which she held for six years. After Clinton's election in 1992, Clift returned to the White House beat for the first two years of the Clinton administration. She then became a contributing editor with a wide portfolio, focusing on political news and trends.
Clift has appeared on many national television shows, including ABC’s Nightline, NBC’s Today show, and CNN’s Crossfire. She currently does commentary on MSNBC and is a longtime panelist on The McLaughlin Group. Playing herself - as a member of The McLaughlin Group - Clift has appeared in several films, including Independence Day, Rising Sun, Murder at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, and Dave, as well as the CBS series, Murphy Brown.
Clift and her late husband, Tom Brazaitis, co-wrote the book, War Without Bloodshed: The Art of Politics (Scribner, June 1996), also available in paperback (Touchstone Books, November 1997). They also co-authored Madam President: Shattering the Last Glass Ceiling (Scribner, July 2000), which forecasts the prospects for a woman on the national ticket. Clift wrote Founding Sisters and the Nineteenth Amendment (October 2003), the story of the suffrage movement, and Two Weeks of Life: A Memoir of Love, Death and Politics (2008), about the death of her husband in hospice and the controversy over end of life issues in America.
Clift lives in Washington, D.C., and is the mother of three adult sons. She is on the board of governors of the National Hospice Foundation, the advisory council of the International Women’s Media Foundation, the board of governors of the American News Women’s Club, and the board of the National Center for Politics and Journalism.
Clarence Page, the 1989 Pulitzer Prize winner for Commentary, has been a columnist and a member of the Chicago Tribune’s editorial board since July 1984. His column is syndicated nationally by Tribune Media Services. He has been based in Washington, D.C. since May 1991.
Page is also a regular contributor of essays to The News Hour With Jim Lehrer and a host of documentaries on the Public Broadcasting System. He is also a regular panelist on Black Entertainment Television’s weekly Lead Story news panel program.
Page was a reporter and assistant city editor for the Chicago Tribune from 1969 to 1980. He joined WBBM-TV in August 1980 as Director of the Community Affairs Department. He was a reporter and planning editor at the station from August 1982 to July 1984.
Page’s awards include a 1980 Illinois UPI awards for community service for an investigative series titled "The Black Tax" and the Edward Scott Beck Award for overseas reporting of a 1976 series on the changing politics of Southern Africa. Page also participated in a 1972 Chicago Tribune Task Force series on vote fraud which won the Pulitzer Prize. He was the recipient of the 1987 American Civil Liberties Union James P. McGuire Award for his columns educating readers on constitutional rights. He was inducted into the Chicago Journalism Hall of Fame in 1992.
As a freelance writer, he has published articles in Chicago Magazine, the Chicago Reader, Washington Monthly, New Republic, Wall Street Journal, New York Newsday and Emerge. His book Showing My Color: Impolite Essays on Race and Identity (Harper Collins) was published in 1996.
A 1965 graduate of Middletown High School, Middletown, Ohio, Page began his journalism career as a freelance writer and photographer for the Middletown Journal and Cincinnati Enquirer at the age of 17. He received his bachelor of science in journalism from Ohio University in 1969, and delivered the commencement speech to the class of 1993. He has received honorary doctorates from Ohio University, Columbia College in Chicago and Lake Forest College, among others.
Page was born in Dayton, Ohio, on June 2, 1947. He has been married since May 3, 1987, to the former Lisa Johnson of Chicago. They have one child.
David Rennie joined The Economist in 2007 as European Union correspondent and Charlemagne columnist, based in Brussels. From July 2010 to July 2012 he was British political editor and author of the Bagehot column, based in London. In the summer of 2012 he moved to Washington, DC to become Lexington columnist. Previously he was on the foreign staff of the Daily Telegraph, with postings in Sydney (1998), Beijing (1998 to 2002), Washington, DC (2002-05) and Brussels (2005-07). From 2006 until he joined The Economist, he was also a contributing editor of the Spectator magazine. He worked for the Daily Telegraph in London (1996-98), and the Evening Standard (1992-96). He has given classes and public lectures on EU affairs at the universities of Harvard and Boston in America, Bristol University in Britain and at the business schools ESCP (Paris) and IE (Madrid). He won the 2010 UACES/Thomson Reuters "Reporting Europe" award. He is a frequent guest on radio and television news programs.