2015, New Orleans
John Thompson History of Medicine Lecturer
The Latest From Washington: An Insider’s View
Tuesday, September 29
General Scientific Session III
As a political analyst for Fox News, Juan Williams is at the cutting edge of America’s politics and culture. He is a regular panelist on Fox News Sunday and the weekday political newscast Special Report with Bret Baier, as well as a regular substitute host for The O'Reilly Factor.
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, Williams was selected to host the NPR 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.
In addition to his more than ten-year career with NPR, Williams spent 23 years at The Washington Post as a political columnist and national correspondent. During his tenure there, he covered every major political campaign from 1980 to 2000 as a national correspondent and a political columnist. He has interviewed numerous influential people and presidents over the course of his career—including President Obama and former Presidents George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush, and Ronald Reagan.
A recipient of multiple awards for his writing and investigative journalism, Williams also won an Emmy Award for television documentary writing and has received widespread critical acclaim for his documentaries Politics: The New Black Power and A. Phillip Randolph: For Jobs and Freedom. He is the author of seven books, the most recent, Muzzled: The Assault on Honest Debate, published in 2011, in which he “uses his very public firing (from NPR) as a launching pad to discuss the countless ways in which honest debate in America…is stifled.”