DORIS KEARNS GOODWIN, born January 4, 1943
Pulitzer-prize winning author Doris Kearns Goodwin is an acclaimed presidential historian and political commentator who has authored biographies of several U.S. Presidents, including Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream; The Fitzgeralds and the Kennedys: An American Saga; No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II (which won the Pulitzer Prize for History in 1995) and Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln, which served as a foundation for the award-winning Steven Spielberg film, Lincoln.
As a consultant, Goodwin has been interviewed extensively for documentaries on President Lyndon B. Johnson, the Kennedy family, Franklin Roosevelt, Abraham and Mary Lincoln, and the Ken Burns' PBS series The History of Baseball as well as The Roosevelts: An Intimate History.
Goodwin’s recent book, The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism tells the story of the disruptive 1912 presidential election, during which both candidates engaged in a brutal and divisive fight for the office. She is currently working on a book about presidential leadership.
Awarded the National Endowment for the Humanities Charles Frankel Prize, the Sarah Josepha Hale Medal, the New England Book Award, the Carl Sandburg Literary Award and the Ohioana Book Award, Goodwin is described as America’s historian-in-chief by New York magazine.
A resident of Concord, Massachusetts, Goodwin is an ardent Red Sox fan and among her many honors she was the first woman to enter the Red Sox locker room.