Jack Germond

 On this date in 1928, journalist Jack Germond was born in Newton, Massachusetts. Germond has written several books, mainly focusing on politics. After serving in the United States Army from 1946 to 1947, he went on to earn a B.A. and B.S. from the University of Missouri. He graduated in 1951 and began writing for the Evening News, where he reported on sports and city news, and later to write political news. He began reporting in 1953 for the Rochester Times-Union and eventually headed the publication's owner's Washington Bureau. He became Washington Star's political editor in 1974 until 1981. He co-wrote a five-a-week column on national politics with fellow political author and journalist Jules Witcover. The column, "Politics Today," was syndicated across the nation for 24 years. He regularly appears on CNN, PBS, Meet the Press and the Today Show. Germond tends to be liberal when it comes to politics, and is seen as in touch with the average American and as a traditional "old-school" newspaper reporter.

His books include "Fat Man Fed Up: How American Politics Went Bad" (2005), "Fat Man in the Middle Seat: Forty Years of Covering Politics" (2002),"Mad as Hell: Revolt at the Ballot Box, 1992" (1994), "Whose Broad Stripes and Bright Stars?" (1989) and "Blue Smoke and Mirrors" (1981). He co-wrote his earlier books with Witcover. He has two children from a previous marriage, Mandy and Jessica. His daughter Mandy died at age 14 after battling leukemia. Germond was married to Alice Travis Germond, the secretary of the Democratic National Committee, whom he had been with since 1988. D. 2013. 

"I must note that although I was brought up as a Protestant, I have been an atheist my entire adult life. I do not proselytize, however. Nor do I question the faith of others. I just don't want to be obliged to accept someone else's faith as a factor in my government."

—--Jack Germond in his book, “Why I'm Fed Up,” Pg. 203.

Compiled by Sarah Eucalano; Photo by Jack E. Kightlinger [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

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