Richard Shenkman: The Independent Institute

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Richard Shenkman
Richard Shenkman

Richard Shenkman is the Founder and Editor of the History News Network at George Washington University, former Associate Professor of History at George Mason University, Fellow of the Society of American Historians, and Emmy Award-winning investigative reporter. He has been Co-founder and Managing Editor of; Producer and Writer for “The Tech Effect: The Assassination of John F. Kennedy” (History Channel); Producer and Writer for “The Pentagon” (Discovery Channel); Producer, Writer, and Host for the prime-time TV series, "Myth America" (Learning Channel); Adjunct Lecturer in Journalism at American University; Contributing Reporter for NBC’s “Sunday Today Show;” Managing Editor of KIRO-TV in Seattle; and Investigative Reporter at KUTV News in Salt Lake City.

Mr. Shenkman regularly appears on Fox News, CNN, and MSNBC, and he is the New York Times best-selling author of six history books, Legends, Lies & Cherished Myths of American History; Presidential Ambition: How the Presidents Gained Power, Kept Power and Got Things Done; Just How Stupid Are We? Facing the Truth About the American Voter; Legends, Lies & Cherished Myths of World History; I Love Paul Revere Whether He Rode or Not; and One-Night Stands with American History.

Educated at Vassar College, where he received the Vassar Prize in History, and Harvard University, he has studied the American presidents for two decades including working on the Papers of Andrew Jackson.