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Author; Washington Correspondent & The Daily Beast Columnist; Former "The McLaughlin Group" Panelist

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 Eleanor Clift Biography

Eleanor Clift is a columnist for the Daily Beast, an online publication. She writes about politics and policy in Washington, and the partisan clashes that make governing almost impossible. Clift has covered every presidential campaign since 1976 and brings her unique perspective to analyze the dynamics of the 2016 elections.

Clift is best known as a panelist on the syndicated talk show, “The McLaughlin Group,” which ended a 34-year run with the death of the host in 2016. She has appeared as herself in several movies, including “Dave,” “Independence Day,” “Murder at 1600,” “Rising Sun,” and the CBS series, “Murphy Brown.” Clift and her late husband, Tom Brazaitis, who was a columnist for the Cleveland Plain Dealer, wrote two books together, “War Without Bloodshed: The Art of Politics” (Scribner, 1996), and “Madam President: Shattering the Last Glass Ceiling (Scribner, 2000). Cift's recent book, “Two Weeks of Life: A Memoir of Love, Death and Politics” (Basic Books, 2008) is about the loss of her husband together with an examination of how we deal with death in America. “Selecting a President,” written with Matthew Spieler (Thomas Dunne Books), published in 2012, examines the process that for all its flaws is better than the alternative.

Formerly Newsweek’s White House correspondent, Clift also served as congressional and political correspondent for six years. She was a key member of the magazine’s 1992 election team, following the campaign of Bill Clinton from the start to inauguration day. In June 1992 she was named Deputy Washington bureau chief.

As a reporter in Newsweek’s Atlanta bureau, Clift covered Jimmy Carter’s bid for the presidency. She followed Carter to Washington to become Newsweek’s White House correspondent, a position she held until 1985. Clift began her career as a secretary to Newsweek’s National Affairs editor in New York. She was one of the first women at the magazine to move from secretary to reporter. Clift left Newsweek briefly in 1985 to serve as White House correspondent for The Los Angeles Times. She returned to Newsweek the following year to cover the Iran-Contra scandal, which embroiled President Reagan and tarnished his administration.

Clift covered every presidential campaign since 1976, and was part of Newsweek’s special project team following the 1984, 2000, 2004 and 2008 elections, each of which resulted in a book. The most recent, “A Long Time Coming,” written by Evan Thomas and based on the Newsweek team’s reporting (Public Affairs, 2009) chronicles the history-making campaign of Barack Obama. Clift lives in Washington, D.C., where she is on the advisory council of the International Women’s Media Foundation, the board of the American News Women’s Club, the Board of Governor’s of the National Hospice Foundation, and the board of Respect Ability, which advocates for people with disabilities.

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Speaking Topics
  • Eleanor Clift on Today's News

    One of Washingtons best known and most respected journalists, Eleanor Clift lends her thoughtful analysis on today most pressing issues including: *Politics* What will President Obama bring to his second term? Divided government what are the prospects for bipartisanship? Third party politics Voters dont like either major party. Time for a real change? Anniversaries 2012 was the centennial year of Ronald Reagans birth and the 50th anniversary of JFKs inauguration. What can these iconic presidents teach us? Is our political system broken or is it leadership that were lacking? *Women and Politics* Hillary Clinton didn't win the presidency in 2008, dashing the hopes of a generation of women. From suffrage to sexism, Clift looks at the obstacles that remain and how to shatter the last glass ceiling. Also, examining whats ahead for Hillary Clinton, whos become the indispensable woman in the Obama Administration. *Health care* Republicans continue to refute health care reform. Clift talks about the politics as well as offer a personal perspective on end of life care and the choices before us individually and as a society. Doctors can tell us what we can do; they can't tell us what we should do. *First Ladies* Michelle Obama fully understands the power of her platform, and she is using it to convey the priorities and values she shares with her husband. Her campaign against childhood obesity and the garden she planted on the South Lawn touch on important issues yet steer clear of controversy, which is how Obama, a Princeton and Harvard-educated lawyer, navigates the line between style and substance. *Media* The shrinking role of the mainstream media and its impact on politics. Can newspapers survive? Does anybody under 30 give a hoot if they don't? Barack Obama won the presidency in 2008 and re-election in 2012 in part because he understood the new tools of communication and mobilized them to his advantage. Clift talks personally about the changing media landscape with the merger of Newsweek and the Daily Beast and Newsweek foregoing its' print edition to go digital.

  • Two Weeks of Life: The Intersection of Medicine and Morality

    Eleanor Clift watched her husband, journalist Tom Brazaitis, dying of cancer at home at the same time as she was commenting on the debate over Terri Schiavo, who was dying in a Florida hospice. The two passed away within a day of each other. Clift's latest book *Two Weeks of Life: A Memoir of Love, Death, and Politics* alternates between these two stories to provide a moving commentary on how we deal, or fail to deal, with dying in modern America. Clift will provide audiences with: Insight into the struggle of how and when to end life How America has changed since the Schiavo case What individuals can do when facing the same choices

  • Politics

    President Obama: Can he recover the magic? After the midterm shellacking, what has Obama learned, and how will he retool his presidency? Is he a one-term president?

  • Divided government

    What are the prospects for bipartisanship? And how will the newly empowered Republicans handle the rise of the Tea Party? Will Maine Senator Olympia Snowe become an Independent rather than face a primary challenge from the right? Third party politics: Voters don’t like either major party. Time for a real change? The presidency: Sizing up the candidates for the GOP. Which one can navigate the treacherous primary terrain? Anniversaries – 2012 is the centennial year of Ronald Reagan’s birth and the 50th anniversary of JFK’s inauguration. What can these iconic presidents teach us? Is our political system broken, or is it leadership that we’re lacking?

  • Women and Politics

    Hillary Clinton didn't win the presidency, dashing the hopes of a generation of women. From suffrage to sexism, Clift looks at the obstacles that remain and how to shatter the last glass ceiling. Also, examining what’s ahead for Hillary Clinton, who’s become the indispensable woman in the Obama administration with speculation about her as the next Secretary of Defense, or replacing Joe Biden as vice president.

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Eleanor Clift

Author; Washington Correspondent & The Daily Beast Columnist; Former "The McLaughlin Group" Panelist

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Eleanor Clift Biography

Eleanor Clift is a columnist for the Daily Beast, an online publication. She writes about politics and policy in Washington, and the partisan clashes that make governing almost impossible. Clift has covered every presidential campaign since 1976 and brings her unique perspective to analyze the dynamics of the 2016 elections.

Clift is best known as a panelist on the syndicated talk show, “The McLaughlin Group,” which ended a 34-year run with the death of the host in 2016. She has appeared as herself in several movies, including “Dave,” “Independence Day,” “Murder at 1600,” “Rising Sun,” and the CBS series, “Murphy Brown.” Clift and her late husband, Tom Brazaitis, who was a columnist for the Cleveland Plain Dealer, wrote two books together, “War Without Bloodshed: The Art of Politics” (Scribner, 1996), and “Madam President: Shattering the Last Glass Ceiling (Scribner, 2000). Cift's recent book, “Two Weeks of Life: A Memoir of Love, Death and Politics” (Basic Books, 2008) is about the loss of her husband together with an examination of how we deal with death in America. “Selecting a President,” written with Matthew Spieler (Thomas Dunne Books), published in 2012, examines the process that for all its flaws is better than the alternative.

Formerly Newsweek’s White House correspondent, Clift also served as congressional and political correspondent for six years. She was a key member of the magazine’s 1992 election team, following the campaign of Bill Clinton from the start to inauguration day. In June 1992 she was named Deputy Washington bureau chief.

As a reporter in Newsweek’s Atlanta bureau, Clift covered Jimmy Carter’s bid for the presidency. She followed Carter to Washington to become Newsweek’s White House correspondent, a position she held until 1985. Clift began her career as a secretary to Newsweek’s National Affairs editor in New York. She was one of the first women at the magazine to move from secretary to reporter. Clift left Newsweek briefly in 1985 to serve as White House correspondent for The Los Angeles Times. She returned to Newsweek the following year to cover the Iran-Contra scandal, which embroiled President Reagan and tarnished his administration.

Clift covered every presidential campaign since 1976, and was part of Newsweek’s special project team following the 1984, 2000, 2004 and 2008 elections, each of which resulted in a book. The most recent, “A Long Time Coming,” written by Evan Thomas and based on the Newsweek team’s reporting (Public Affairs, 2009) chronicles the history-making campaign of Barack Obama. Clift lives in Washington, D.C., where she is on the advisory council of the International Women’s Media Foundation, the board of the American News Women’s Club, the Board of Governor’s of the National Hospice Foundation, and the board of Respect Ability, which advocates for people with disabilities.

Eleanor Clift Videos

  • Eleanor Clift on Trump's declaration of a national emergency
    For more on the U.S. government budget and border debate, CGTN's Mike Walter spoke with Eleanor Clift, a political analyst for The Daily Beast.
  • Eleanor Clift discusses the atmosphere of violence in the United States
    CGTN's Mike Walter spoke to Eleanor Clift about hate and violence in the United States. Clift is a political reporter with The Daily Beast.
  • Eleanor Clift of The Daily Beast discusses US foreign policy
    CCTV America interviewed Eleanor Clift a political reporter at the online newsmagazine, The Daily Beast about the impact of the Republican-controlled...

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Eleanor Clift Speaking Topics

  • Eleanor Clift on Today's News

    One of Washingtons best known and most respected journalists, Eleanor Clift lends her thoughtful analysis on today most pressing issues including: *Politics* What will President Obama bring to his second term? Divided government what are the prospects for bipartisanship? Third party politics Voters dont like either major party. Time for a real change? Anniversaries 2012 was the centennial year of Ronald Reagans birth and the 50th anniversary of JFKs inauguration. What can these iconic presidents teach us? Is our political system broken or is it leadership that were lacking? *Women and Politics* Hillary Clinton didn't win the presidency in 2008, dashing the hopes of a generation of women. From suffrage to sexism, Clift looks at the obstacles that remain and how to shatter the last glass ceiling. Also, examining whats ahead for Hillary Clinton, whos become the indispensable woman in the Obama Administration. *Health care* Republicans continue to refute health care reform. Clift talks about the politics as well as offer a personal perspective on end of life care and the choices before us individually and as a society. Doctors can tell us what we can do; they can't tell us what we should do. *First Ladies* Michelle Obama fully understands the power of her platform, and she is using it to convey the priorities and values she shares with her husband. Her campaign against childhood obesity and the garden she planted on the South Lawn touch on important issues yet steer clear of controversy, which is how Obama, a Princeton and Harvard-educated lawyer, navigates the line between style and substance. *Media* The shrinking role of the mainstream media and its impact on politics. Can newspapers survive? Does anybody under 30 give a hoot if they don't? Barack Obama won the presidency in 2008 and re-election in 2012 in part because he understood the new tools of communication and mobilized them to his advantage. Clift talks personally about the changing media landscape with the merger of Newsweek and the Daily Beast and Newsweek foregoing its' print edition to go digital.

  • Two Weeks of Life: The Intersection of Medicine and Morality

    Eleanor Clift watched her husband, journalist Tom Brazaitis, dying of cancer at home at the same time as she was commenting on the debate over Terri Schiavo, who was dying in a Florida hospice. The two passed away within a day of each other. Clift's latest book *Two Weeks of Life: A Memoir of Love, Death, and Politics* alternates between these two stories to provide a moving commentary on how we deal, or fail to deal, with dying in modern America. Clift will provide audiences with: Insight into the struggle of how and when to end life How America has changed since the Schiavo case What individuals can do when facing the same choices

  • Politics

    President Obama: Can he recover the magic? After the midterm shellacking, what has Obama learned, and how will he retool his presidency? Is he a one-term president?

  • Divided government

    What are the prospects for bipartisanship? And how will the newly empowered Republicans handle the rise of the Tea Party? Will Maine Senator Olympia Snowe become an Independent rather than face a primary challenge from the right? Third party politics: Voters don’t like either major party. Time for a real change? The presidency: Sizing up the candidates for the GOP. Which one can navigate the treacherous primary terrain? Anniversaries – 2012 is the centennial year of Ronald Reagan’s birth and the 50th anniversary of JFK’s inauguration. What can these iconic presidents teach us? Is our political system broken, or is it leadership that we’re lacking?

  • Women and Politics

    Hillary Clinton didn't win the presidency, dashing the hopes of a generation of women. From suffrage to sexism, Clift looks at the obstacles that remain and how to shatter the last glass ceiling. Also, examining what’s ahead for Hillary Clinton, who’s become the indispensable woman in the Obama administration with speculation about her as the next Secretary of Defense, or replacing Joe Biden as vice president.

FAQs on booking Eleanor Clift

  • How to book Eleanor Clift?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Eleanor Clift 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 Eleanor Clift, 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 Eleanor Clift or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Eleanor Clift?

    Booking fees for Eleanor Clift, 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 Eleanor Clift, 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 Eleanor Clift?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Eleanor Clift 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 Eleanor Clift 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 Eleanor Clift or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Eleanor Clift 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.

Eleanor Clift is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Eleanor Clift for your event is $20,000 - $30,000. Eleanor Clift generally travels from Washington, DC, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Donna Brazile, Katty Kay, Gloria Borger, Amy Goodman and Laura Ingraham. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Eleanor Clift for an upcoming event.

Eleanor Clift Speaker Videos

  • Eleanor Clift on Trump's declaration of a national emergency
    For more on the U.S. government budget and border debate, CGTN's Mike Walter spoke with Eleanor Clift, a political analyst for The Daily Beast.
    Eleanor Clift discusses the atmosphere of violence in the United States
    CGTN's Mike Walter spoke to Eleanor Clift about hate and violence in the United States. Clift is a political reporter with The Daily Beast.
  • Eleanor Clift of The Daily Beast discusses US foreign policy
    CCTV America interviewed Eleanor Clift a political reporter at the online newsmagazine, The Daily Beast about the impact of the Republican-controlled House and Senate on U.S. foreign policy.
    Eleanor Clift on Eleanor Roosevelt as First Lady | BIO Shorts | Biography
    Eleanor Clifts talks about Eleanor Roosevelt as a first lady. She was very active with the people and the American people greatly approved of her. She was Franklin's eyes and ears out amongst the...

Eleanor Clift Speaking Topics

  • Eleanor Clift on Today's News

    One of Washingtons best known and most respected journalists, Eleanor Clift lends her thoughtful analysis on today most pressing issues including: *Politics* What will President Obama bring to his second term? Divided government what are the prospects for bipartisanship? Third party politics Voters dont like either major party. Time for a real change? Anniversaries 2012 was the centennial year of Ronald Reagans birth and the 50th anniversary of JFKs inauguration. What can these iconic presidents teach us? Is our political system broken or is it leadership that were lacking? *Women and Politics* Hillary Clinton didn't win the presidency in 2008, dashing the hopes of a generation of women. From suffrage to sexism, Clift looks at the obstacles that remain and how to shatter the last glass ceiling. Also, examining whats ahead for Hillary Clinton, whos become the indispensable woman in the Obama Administration. *Health care* Republicans continue to refute health care reform. Clift talks about the politics as well as offer a personal perspective on end of life care and the choices before us individually and as a society. Doctors can tell us what we can do; they can't tell us what we should do. *First Ladies* Michelle Obama fully understands the power of her platform, and she is using it to convey the priorities and values she shares with her husband. Her campaign against childhood obesity and the garden she planted on the South Lawn touch on important issues yet steer clear of controversy, which is how Obama, a Princeton and Harvard-educated lawyer, navigates the line between style and substance. *Media* The shrinking role of the mainstream media and its impact on politics. Can newspapers survive? Does anybody under 30 give a hoot if they don't? Barack Obama won the presidency in 2008 and re-election in 2012 in part because he understood the new tools of communication and mobilized them to his advantage. Clift talks personally about the changing media landscape with the merger of Newsweek and the Daily Beast and Newsweek foregoing its' print edition to go digital.

  • Two Weeks of Life: The Intersection of Medicine and Morality

    Eleanor Clift watched her husband, journalist Tom Brazaitis, dying of cancer at home at the same time as she was commenting on the debate over Terri Schiavo, who was dying in a Florida hospice. The two passed away within a day of each other. Clift's latest book *Two Weeks of Life: A Memoir of Love, Death, and Politics* alternates between these two stories to provide a moving commentary on how we deal, or fail to deal, with dying in modern America. Clift will provide audiences with: Insight into the struggle of how and when to end life How America has changed since the Schiavo case What individuals can do when facing the same choices

  • Politics

    President Obama: Can he recover the magic? After the midterm shellacking, what has Obama learned, and how will he retool his presidency? Is he a one-term president?

  • Divided government

    What are the prospects for bipartisanship? And how will the newly empowered Republicans handle the rise of the Tea Party? Will Maine Senator Olympia Snowe become an Independent rather than face a primary challenge from the right? Third party politics: Voters don’t like either major party. Time for a real change? The presidency: Sizing up the candidates for the GOP. Which one can navigate the treacherous primary terrain? Anniversaries – 2012 is the centennial year of Ronald Reagan’s birth and the 50th anniversary of JFK’s inauguration. What can these iconic presidents teach us? Is our political system broken, or is it leadership that we’re lacking?

  • Women and Politics

    Hillary Clinton didn't win the presidency, dashing the hopes of a generation of women. From suffrage to sexism, Clift looks at the obstacles that remain and how to shatter the last glass ceiling. Also, examining what’s ahead for Hillary Clinton, who’s become the indispensable woman in the Obama administration with speculation about her as the next Secretary of Defense, or replacing Joe Biden as vice president.

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