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Alter to speak at conference

Jonathan Alter, a columnist and senior editor at Newsweek magazine, will be the featured speaker at the Wednesday, June 6 Welcome session of the NYSACAC conference.

Since 1991, he has written a widely acclaimed Newsweek column that examines politics, media and social and global issues. Alter is also an originator and author of the weekly “Conventional Wisdom Watch, which uses up, down and sideways arrows to measure and lampoon the news. As an editor, he helps shape the magazine’s overall news coverage.

Alter has covered the last six presidential campaigns for the magazine and frequently interviews United States presidents and other world leaders, regularly breaks news and has authored more than 50 cover stories for the magazine. Over the years, he has written extensively about party politics, patriotism, anti-Semitism, weapons of mass destruction, at-risk children, and a wide variety of other issues.

His new book, “The Defining Moment: FDR’s Hundred Days and the Triumph of Hope, was published by Simon and Schuster in May 2006.

Since 1996, Alter has also been a contributing correspondent for NBC News.

A Chicago native, Alter received his B.A. in history with honors from Harvard in 1979. He and his wife, Emily Lazar, live in New Jersey with their children.