Jonathan Alter

Jonathan Alter is an analyst and contributing correspondent for NBC News and MSNBC. He is a former senior editor and columnist for Newsweek, where he worked for twenty-eight years, writing more than fifty cover stories. He has also written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, Vanity Fair, The New Republic, and other publications. He is the author of The Promise: President Obama, Year One and The Defining Moment: FDR’s Hundred Days and the Triumph of Hope, both New York Times bestsellers, and Between the Lines, a collection of his Newsweek columns.

Books by this Author

The Center Holds
The Promise
The Defining Moment


My Life in 8 Words

Author Revealed

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. I don't like mottos but believe in staying skeptical yet idealistic.

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. A day on vacation with my wife and our three kids.

Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?

A. "But" and "hey"

Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?

A. Skiing on a beautiful day with good snow.

Q. What’s your greatest fear?

A. Dying of cancer (I'm a cancer survivor)