Robert Scheer

On this date in 1936, journalist Robert Scheer was born in Bronx, N.Y. He attended public schools and graduated from City College of New York. He further studied economics as a fellow at Syracuse University, Yale and the University of California-Berkeley’s Center for Chinese Studies.

From 1964 to 1969, Scheer was the Vietnam correspondent, managing editor and editor-in-chief of Ramparts magazine. He then worked as a journalist and columnist at the Los Angeles Times for nearly 30 years, serving as one of the most progressive voices on the staff. He was fired after decades of dedication to the paper for reasons he believes stemmed from ideological differences with the publisher.

Scheer has interviewed a number of presidents, including Richard Nixon, Jimmy Carter, George Bush, Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. In 1993 at the Los Angeles Times, he launched a nationally syndicated column and worked as a contributing editor for 12 years. This column became known as Truthdig, which morphed into an online site and relocated to the San Francisco Chronicle, where Scheer is the editor-in-chief of the independent journal. 

Scheer has written several books, including The Five Biggest Lies Bush Told Us About Iraq (2004), co-authored with his son Christopher Scheer and Lakshmi Chaudry, The Pornography of Power: How Defense Hawks Hijacked 9/11 and Weakened America (2008) and They Know Everything About You: How Data-Collecting Corporations and Snooping Government Agencies Are Destroying Democracy (2015). He has won numerous awards such as the James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism, the 2010 Distinguished Work in New Media Award, and the 2011 Izzy Award for outstanding achievement in independent media. Additionally, Truthdig is a four-time recipient of the Webby Award for best political blog.

Scheer teaches as a clinical professor of communications in the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California. He is former co-host of “Left, Right, and Center,” a political radio program on National Public Radio station KCRW. He hosts “Scheer Intelligence” at KCRW, where he interviews people who discuss the day’s most important issues, offering an often surprising perspective. He lives in California with his wife Narda Catharine Zacchino.

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