Juan Williams is one of America’s leading political writers and thinkers.
Mr. Williams is now a top political analyst for Fox Television and a regular panelist for Fox News Sunday. He is a former award winning Washington Post columnist, White House correspondent and NPR senior news correspondent. He was also the host of NPR’s nationally broadcast afternoon talk show. In addition to prize-winning op-ed columns and editorial writing for The Washington Post, he has also authored seven books, including three best sellers. His most recent book is “Muzzled – The Assault on Honest Debate”.
His stirring, insightful speeches make him one of the nation’s leading public intellectuals.
Williams has interviewed President Obama, President Bush, President Clinton, George H. W. Bush and President Reagan as well as the nation’s leading governors, mayors, corporate leaders, artists and Supreme Court Justice.
One of his recent books, The New York Times best-seller, “Enough – The Phony Leaders, Dead-End Movements and Culture of Failure That Are Undermining Black America- and What We Can Do About It”, created a national furor by igniting debate with point blank analysis of black leadership in this country. He combines a bold, perceptive, solution-based look at African American life, culture, and politics with an impassioned clarion call to do the right thing now and not lose sight of the true values of the Civil Rights Movement.
He is also the author of the bestselling book “Eyes on the Prize – America’s Civil Rights Years”. It is a ground breaking work of American history. The book accompanied the celebrated PBS series on the Civil Rights movement. It is now part of the standard history curriculum in many Colleges and Universities. His critically acclaimed biography of the nation’s first African – American Supreme Court Justice, titled “Thurgood Marshall: American Revolutionary” was selected by The New York Times as a notable book of the year. Time magazine described American Revolutionary as a “magisterial” work of American history, and the book was reissued in 2004 with a new epilogue to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s historic Board vs. Brown decision.
Mr. Williams is also the author of, “My Soul Looks Back in Wonder”, stirring eyewitness accounts of historic equal rights movements ranging from expanding opportunities for Women, the Disabled, Hispanics and Blacks. His other books include: “I’ll Find a Way or Make One, A History of Historically Black Colleges and Universities; and “This Far By Faith”, a history of the Black religious experience in America – which was accompanied by a six part PBS series.
As one of the nation’s most influential journalists, Williams is in constant contact with American political leaders from the President to members of Congress and the Supreme Court. His understanding of American history and his inside access to Washington politics gives him a unique and informed voice as an analyst of current events. In 2000, NPR selected Williams to host their afternoon talk show, “Talk of The Nation,” and in two years he brought the show’s ratings to record heights. His daring perspectives on American politics, race, and culture are based on his historical understanding, political expertise, and knowledge of diversity.
Prior to writing bestsellers, Williams was a political columnist and national correspondent for The Washington Post. In a 21-year career at The Post he served as an editorial writer, op-ed columnist, prize winning investigative reporter, top magazine writer and White House correspondent. He won several journalism awards for his writing and investigative reporting. He also won an Emmy Award for TV documentary writing. He was given widespread, critical acclaim for a series of documentaries including Politics-The New Black Power. His documentary on A. Phillip Randolph was featured nationally on PBS.
He has appeared on TV news programs ranging from “Meet The Press” to “Oprah” to “Arsenio” to “Inside Washington”, “Crossfire”, where he served as a co-host, and “America’s Black Forum”, which he hosted for a decade. ESPN featured Williams as a commentator for their series on Top Athletes of the 20th Century.
Williams has also written for The New Yorker, Atlantic Monthly, GQ, New Republic and Ebony.