Robert Scheer has built a reputation for strong social and political writing over his 30 years as a journalist. His columns appear in newspapers across the country, and his in-depth interviews have made headlines. He conducted the famous
magazine interview in which Jimmy Carter confessed to the lust in his heart and he went on to do many interviews for the Los Angeles Times with Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton and many other prominent political and cultural figures.
Between 1964 and 1969 he was Vietnam correspondent, managing editor and editor in chief of Ramparts magazine. From 1976 to 1993 he served as a national correspondent for the Los Angeles Times
, writing on diverse topics such as the Soviet Union, arms control, national politics and the military. In 1993 he launched a nationally syndicated column based at the Los Angeles Times
, where he was named a contributing editor. That column ran weekly for the next 12 years and is now based at the San Francisco Chronicle
Scheer can be heard on the political radio program “Left, Right and Center” on KCRW, the National Public Radio affiliate in Santa Monica, Calif. He has written seven books, including Thinking Tuna Fish, Talking Death: Essays on the Pornography of Power
; With Enough Shovels: Reagan, Bush and Nuclear War
and America After Nixon: The Age of Multinationals
; with his son Christopher and Lakshmi Chaudhry, The Five Biggest Lies Bush Told Us about Iraq
. Most recently, he wrote Playing President: My Close Encounters with Nixon, Carter, Bush I and Clinton – and How They Did Not Prepare Me for George W. Bush
Scheer was raised in the Bronx, where he attended public schools and graduated from City College of New York. He studied as a Maxwell fellow at Syracuse University and was a fellow at the Center for Chinese Studies at UC Berkeley, where he did graduate work in economics. Scheer has also been a Poynter fellow at Yale, and was a fellow in arms control at Stanford.