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.
Pat Buchanan is the former co-host of Buchanan & Press, a daily news and political talk show on MSNBC. He is also an author and commentator, and has been a regular member of The McLaughlin Group for much of the program's history. He has also been a candidate for President of the United States three times, in 1992, 1996, and 2000.
Buchanan is a graduate of Georgetown University and holds a master's degree from the Columbia University School of Journalism. He began his career writing editorials for the St. Louis Globe-Dispatch in 1962 and wrote a column in wide syndication beginning in 1975.
He was an adviser to Presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford, and was director of White House Communications for two years for President Ronald Reagan. Other major broadcast assignments include serving as moderator of The Capitol Gang and host of Crossfire and a radio program, Buchanan & Co.
Buchanan founded and serves as chair of The American Cause and has published a number of books on American politics and government.
Ryan Grim is the Washington bureau chief for The Huffington Post. He is a former staff reporter with Politico.com and Washington City Paper. He won the 2007 Alt-Weekly Award for best long-form news-story for "The Painmaker," a December 2010 Sidney Hillman Award for "The Poorhouse" and a 2011 Maggie Award for Behind The Assault On Planned Parenthood. His article on lobbying over swipe fees will be included in the 2012 Columbia Journalism Review's Best Business Writing anthology. He is the author of the book This Is Your Country on Drugs.
Tom Rogan is an American writer based in the Washington area. He grew up in London, England. He's a columnist for the National Review and Opportunity Lives, a book reviewer for The Washington Free Beacon, and a Senior Fellow at The Steamboat Institute. He focuses on foreign policy, but is also passionate about US domestic politics. Tom was educated at King's College London, the School of Oriental and African Studies, and the College of Law, London. His homepage is found at www.tomroganthinks.com