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Tom DeFrank

Legendary Journalist, Best-selling Author and Contributing Editor to "National Journal"

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His reporting has been praised as "riveting." ABC News calls him "excellent, well-connected and influential" and "legendary." The American Journalism Review has rated him "one of the unsung stars of Washington journalism." The New York Times ranked him as one of the country's best political ghostwriters. And President Gerald R. Ford called him "one of the finest journalists I have ever known. Everyone I know feels the same way: you are fair, trustworthy and professional."

One of Washington's most respected President-watchers, Tom DeFrank is a veteran political journalist and author. As Washington bureau chief of The New York Daily News since 1996, he directs coverage of the nation's capital for the country's fourth-largest metropolitan daily newspaper.

He has been honored by the White House Correspondents' Association for "his exclusive reporting as well as his ability to pack lively analysis into compact spaces."

His 2007 book on 30 years of private conversations with President Ford, "Write it When I'm Gone," was a New York Times and Washington Post best seller.

In 2006, DeFrank won the Gerald R. Ford Prize for distinguished reporting on the Presidency. In announcing the award, the judges noted: "His coverage of the White House demonstrated a particularly keen perception of relationships among principals and how these relationships influenced official policy. His articles were consistently accurate, balanced in judgment, and usually ahead of his competitors."

The 2008 Presidential campaign was the eleventh he has covered in 40 years as a Washington reporter. He has covered the resignation of one President, the impeachment of a second and was an eyewitness to two assassination attempts against a third.

DeFrank was Newsweek's senior White House correspondent for a quarter century and also served as deputy chief of the magazine's Washington bureau for twelve years. Assigned to the White House beat since 1970, DeFrank has covered eight Presidents: Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, Bush, Clinton, Bush and Obama.

DeFrank is the co-author of "Bare Knuckles and Back Rooms," the 1996 best-selling memoir of controversial Republican political consultant Ed Rollins. He also co-authored "The Politics of Diplomacy," the memoirs of former Secretary of State James A. Baker III and Quest for the Presidency 1992, Newsweek's critically-acclaimed, behind-the-scenes look at the Clinton-Bush election, published in 1994.

DeFrank has appeared on several public affairs television programs, including "Meet the Press," "Face the Nation," "Hardball with Chris Matthews," "Larry King Live," "The Beltway Boys," "Washington Week in Review," Fox News, "The Charlie Rose Show," "Fox & Friends" and C-SPAN.

He has been a student of the Presidency since 1968, when he took his first Presidential trip with Lyndon Johnson as a Newsweek intern. He traveled extensively with Richard Nixon from 1970 to 1972 and was assigned to cover Vice President Gerald Ford in the fall of 1973. A few months before Nixon's resignation, he was reassigned to the White House and remained when Ford became President in August 1974. He was an eyewitness to both assassination attempts against Ford in 1975.

He has covered 16 United States-Russian summits beginning with the historic 1974 Ford-Brezhnev meeting at Vladivostok. He has traveled to all 50 states and 48 countries as a White House reporter and is a former president of the White House Correspondents' Association.

DeFrank has reported on congressional and military affairs, and in 1973 covered the return of U.S. prisoners of war from Vietnam at Clark Air Base in the Philippines. He also reported extensively on the Persian Gulf War, traveling to Saudi Arabia with President Bush in November 1990 and Secretary of Defense Dick Cheney and General Colin Powell in December 1990.

He is the only newsmagazine correspondent to win both of the White House Correspondents' Association awards for distinguished Presidential reporting. He has also shared in several other reporting awards, including the Overseas Press Club's award for his reporting of the 1987 Reagan-Gorbachev summit and Newsweek's National Magazine Award for the 1992 Presidential campaign.

DeFrank was on active duty at the Pentagon from 1968 to 1970 as a public affairs officer. Before joining Newsweek, he was a reporter for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Bryan (Texas) Daily Eagle and Minneapolis Star.

A native of Arlington, Texas, DeFrank is a 1967 high honors graduate of Texas A&M University, where he edited the campus newspaper, and has a master's degree from the University of Minnesota.

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Write It When I'm Gone: Remarkable Off-the-Record Conversations with Gerald R. Ford

Write It When I'm Gone: Remarkable Off-the-Record Conversations with Gerald R. Ford

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  • Current Events and Today's Political Headlines

  • From Nixon to Obama: The Men Behind the Presidency

  • The Media - Myths and Realities

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Tom DeFrank

Legendary Journalist, Best-selling Author and Contributing Editor to "National Journal"

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Tom DeFrank Biography

His reporting has been praised as "riveting." ABC News calls him "excellent, well-connected and influential" and "legendary." The American Journalism Review has rated him "one of the unsung stars of Washington journalism." The New York Times ranked him as one of the country's best political ghostwriters. And President Gerald R. Ford called him "one of the finest journalists I have ever known. Everyone I know feels the same way: you are fair, trustworthy and professional."

One of Washington's most respected President-watchers, Tom DeFrank is a veteran political journalist and author. As Washington bureau chief of The New York Daily News since 1996, he directs coverage of the nation's capital for the country's fourth-largest metropolitan daily newspaper.

He has been honored by the White House Correspondents' Association for "his exclusive reporting as well as his ability to pack lively analysis into compact spaces."

His 2007 book on 30 years of private conversations with President Ford, "Write it When I'm Gone," was a New York Times and Washington Post best seller.

In 2006, DeFrank won the Gerald R. Ford Prize for distinguished reporting on the Presidency. In announcing the award, the judges noted: "His coverage of the White House demonstrated a particularly keen perception of relationships among principals and how these relationships influenced official policy. His articles were consistently accurate, balanced in judgment, and usually ahead of his competitors."

The 2008 Presidential campaign was the eleventh he has covered in 40 years as a Washington reporter. He has covered the resignation of one President, the impeachment of a second and was an eyewitness to two assassination attempts against a third.

DeFrank was Newsweek's senior White House correspondent for a quarter century and also served as deputy chief of the magazine's Washington bureau for twelve years. Assigned to the White House beat since 1970, DeFrank has covered eight Presidents: Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, Bush, Clinton, Bush and Obama.

DeFrank is the co-author of "Bare Knuckles and Back Rooms," the 1996 best-selling memoir of controversial Republican political consultant Ed Rollins. He also co-authored "The Politics of Diplomacy," the memoirs of former Secretary of State James A. Baker III and Quest for the Presidency 1992, Newsweek's critically-acclaimed, behind-the-scenes look at the Clinton-Bush election, published in 1994.

DeFrank has appeared on several public affairs television programs, including "Meet the Press," "Face the Nation," "Hardball with Chris Matthews," "Larry King Live," "The Beltway Boys," "Washington Week in Review," Fox News, "The Charlie Rose Show," "Fox & Friends" and C-SPAN.

He has been a student of the Presidency since 1968, when he took his first Presidential trip with Lyndon Johnson as a Newsweek intern. He traveled extensively with Richard Nixon from 1970 to 1972 and was assigned to cover Vice President Gerald Ford in the fall of 1973. A few months before Nixon's resignation, he was reassigned to the White House and remained when Ford became President in August 1974. He was an eyewitness to both assassination attempts against Ford in 1975.

He has covered 16 United States-Russian summits beginning with the historic 1974 Ford-Brezhnev meeting at Vladivostok. He has traveled to all 50 states and 48 countries as a White House reporter and is a former president of the White House Correspondents' Association.

DeFrank has reported on congressional and military affairs, and in 1973 covered the return of U.S. prisoners of war from Vietnam at Clark Air Base in the Philippines. He also reported extensively on the Persian Gulf War, traveling to Saudi Arabia with President Bush in November 1990 and Secretary of Defense Dick Cheney and General Colin Powell in December 1990.

He is the only newsmagazine correspondent to win both of the White House Correspondents' Association awards for distinguished Presidential reporting. He has also shared in several other reporting awards, including the Overseas Press Club's award for his reporting of the 1987 Reagan-Gorbachev summit and Newsweek's National Magazine Award for the 1992 Presidential campaign.

DeFrank was on active duty at the Pentagon from 1968 to 1970 as a public affairs officer. Before joining Newsweek, he was a reporter for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Bryan (Texas) Daily Eagle and Minneapolis Star.

A native of Arlington, Texas, DeFrank is a 1967 high honors graduate of Texas A&M University, where he edited the campus newspaper, and has a master's degree from the University of Minnesota.

Tom DeFrank Videos

  • Thomas DeFrank: "Write it when I'm gone" (November 12, 2007) on ...
  • Tom DeFrank Keynote (In Its Entirety)

Tom DeFrank Books

Tom DeFrank Speaking Topics

  • Current Events and Today's Political Headlines

  • From Nixon to Obama: The Men Behind the Presidency

  • The Media - Myths and Realities

FAQs on booking Tom DeFrank

  • How to book Tom DeFrank?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Tom DeFrank for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Tom DeFrank, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Tom DeFrank or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Tom DeFrank?

    Booking fees for Tom DeFrank, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Tom DeFrank, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Tom DeFrank?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Tom DeFrank for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Tom DeFrank for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Tom DeFrank or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Tom DeFrank or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

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Tom DeFrank Speaker Videos

  • Thomas DeFrank: "Write it when I'm gone" (November 12, 2007) on ...
    Tom DeFrank Keynote (In Its Entirety)

Tom DeFrank Speaking Topics

  • Current Events and Today's Political Headlines

  • From Nixon to Obama: The Men Behind the Presidency

  • The Media - Myths and Realities

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