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Posted Sept. 22, 2008

Journalist Selected to Speak at Graduation

Evan Thomas
Evan Thomas '77

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Evan Thomas ’77, an editor at large at Newsweek, will be the commencement speaker for the Law School’s Class of 2009.

Thomas is the magazine’s lead writer on major news stories and the author of many longer features, according to his Newsweek biography.

From 1986 to 1996, Thomas was Newsweek's Washington bureau chief.  He was an assistant managing editor from 1991 to 2006.  From 1977 to 1986, he was a writer and editor at Time magazine. He has won numerous journalism awards, including a National Magazine Award in 1998 for Newsweek's coverage of the Monica Lewinsky scandal.

He is the magazine's lead writer on major news stories and the author of many longer features, including Newsweek's special behind-the-scenes issues on presidential elections.

Thomas is the author of six books: "Sea of Thunder," about the war in the Pacific (2006), a New York Times bestseller; "John Paul Jones," a biography of the American revolutionary (2003), a New York Times bestseller; "Robert Kennedy: His Life" (2000); "The Very Best Men: The Early Years of the CIA" (1995); "The Man to See: The Life of Edward Bennett Williams" (1991); and "The Wise Men: Six Friends and the World They Made" (with Walter Isaacson, 1986).

He lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife and two children. Virginia’s commencement is scheduled for May 17.