American Experience Distinguished Lecture

O'Hara Student Center
The Dick Thornburgh Forum for Law and Public Policy and the University of Pittsburgh Honors College thank everyone for attending the October 18, 2012 American Experience Distinguished lecture featuring Howard Fineman.

Howard Fineman

Howard Fineman is editorial director of The Huffington Post Media Group, an analyst for NBC News and MSNBC, and the author of a best-selling book about politics called The Thirteen American Arguments. He is part of a team that has grown Huff Post into the leading U.S. news site on the Internet, with more than 40 million unique visitors a month. Besides writing for and helping to manage the site, Fineman appears regularly on MSNBC's "Hardball with Chris Matthews," "Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell" and "The Ed Show." He also appears on "Morning Joe" and the "Today Show" on NBC.

Currently contributing to Huffington Post and MSNBC coverage of the 2012 campaign, Fineman has won numerous professional honors, including National Magazine, American Bar Association and Sigma Delta Chi (journalism fraternity) awards; an Alumni Award from the Columbia Journalism School; and an honorary degree from his college alma mater, Colgate University.

He has lectured at more than 35 colleges and universities and in 2010 taught at the University of Pennsylvania’s Kelly Writers House and Annenberg School for Communication.

Fineman joined The Huffington Post in September 2010 as political editor and was named editorial director of a newly created Huff Post Media Group after the company's merger with AOL in March 2011. The Huff Post won its first Pulitzer Prize in April of 2012.

Before joining Huff Post, Fineman was senior editor and columnist for Newsweek Magazine, where over the course of many years he served as chief political correspondent and deputy Washington Bureau Chief. He began his career at The Courier-Journal in Louisville, Ky., where his coverage of the United Mine Workers' record 111-day strike was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.

The Thirteen American Arguments, published in 2008 and revised in 2009 with a new chapter on President Obama, is available in paperback from Random House and Amazon. It has been used as a supplementary text in many AP high school and college courses.

Mr. Fineman is a native of Pittsburgh.