Doris Kearns Goodwin wrote the essay on Franklin Roosevelt for the book Character Above All, published earlier this year by Simon & Schuster.
Ms. Goodwin is the author of No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II (1993). The book received the 1995 Pulitzer Prize for History.
She has also written about other presidents and their families. Her works include The Fitzgeralds and the Kennedys (1987), which was made into a six hour television mini-series on ABC in 1990, and Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream (1976). Ms. Goodwin worked as an assistant to President Johnson during his last year in the White House and later assisted him in the preparation of his memoirs.
Ms. Goodwin holds a Ph.D. in Government from Harvard University. She also taught government at Harvard for ten years, including a course on the American Presidency.
She is a regular contributor to The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer. Her other television work includes regular appearances on "5 on 5," a weekly public affairs program on Boston's ABC affiliate station.
Regular "NewsHour" viewers may know that Ms. Goodwin is also an expert on baseball. She was the first woman journalist to enter the Boston Red Sox locker room and she served as a consultant for Ken Burns' PBS documentary The History of Baseball.