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David Brancaccio talks with journalist Robert Scheer about the fall of lobbyist Jack Abramoff, politics and the press.

Robert Scheer


A journalist with over 30 years experience, Robert Scheer's columns appear in newspapers across the country. Between 1964 and 1969, he was Vietnam correspondent, managing editor and editor in chief of RAMPARTS magazine. From 1976 to 1993, he served as a national correspondent for the LOS ANGELES TIMES, where he wrote articles on such diverse topics as the Soviet Union, arms control, national politics and the military. He is currently a columnist for THE SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE, as well as a contributing editor for THE NATION magazine. On Tuesday afternoons, Scheer can be heard on the political radio program "Left, Right and Center" on KCRW, the National Public Radio affiliate in Santa Monica.

Scheer has interviewed every president from Richard Nixon on through Bill Clinton. He conducted the famous 1976 PLAYBOY interview with Jimmy Carter, in which the then-presidential candidate admitted to have lusted in his heart. Scheer has written six books including THINKING TUNA FISH, TALKING DEATH: ESSAYS ON THE PORNOGRAPHY OF POWER; WITH ENOUGH SHOVELS: REAGAN, BUSH AND NUCLEAR WAR and AMERICA AFTER NIXON: THE AGE OF MULTINATIONALS.

Scheer has taught courses at Antioch College in San Francisco, New York City College, UC Irvine, UCLA and UC Berkeley. He is now a Senior Lecturer at the University of Southern California's Annenberg School for Communication, where he teaches a course on media and society and directs the Privacy Project.

Scheer was the 1998 honoree of the Shelter Partnership, an organization of Los Angeles downtown businesses, and the USC School of Social Work's Los Amigos award recipient. He has also received awards and citations from Stanford University, the Moscow Academy of Sciences, UC San Diego and Yale University.

Scheer was raised in the Bronx where he attended public schools and graduated from City College of New York. He studied as a Maxwell Fellow at Syracuse University and was a fellow at the Center for Chinese Studies at UC Berkeley where he did graduate work in economics. Scheer has also been a Poynter fellow at Yale, and was a fellow in arms control at Stanford.

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