For Immediate Release – October 6, 2003



GENESEO, N.Y. – Joe Klein broke onto the national scene and was the subject of much controversy when his identity as "Anonymous," the author of the best-selling book "Primary Colors," was revealed. Political journalist, author, and TIME magazine columnist, Klein will deliver the 14th annual James Jeremiah Wadsworth Lecture at SUNY Geneseo on Tuesday, Oct. 28. The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held at 8 p.m. in the college’s Wadsworth Auditorium. Klein will speak on "Inside Election 2004."

Klein, a senior writer at TIME, covers national and international affairs in his weekly column "In the Arena." He is also a frequent guest on such programs as Meet the Press, Charlie Rose and Face the Nation.

Prior to TIME, Klein joined The New Yorker in December of 1996 as Washington correspondent. He came to The New Yorker from Newsweek, where he served for four years as a political reporter and columnist. He joined Newsweek during the 1992 President race, and his column, "Public Lives," addressed both national and international affairs. In 1994 he received a National Headliner Award for "Public Lives." His Newsweek reporting also helped the magazine earn a National Magazine Award for Best Single-Topic Issue (on Bill Clinton’s 1992 victory).

As "Anonymous," Klein was the author of the critically acclaimed novel "Primary Colors," which was inspired by the 1992 Presidential race. "Primary Colors" was the first book in history to simultaneously make the bestsellers list on three continents in the same day. The book spent 25 weeks on The New York Times Best Sellers list — nine of them at the number one spot. The paperback edition of the book, published in the fall of 1996, was also a national bestseller. His follow-up political novel was "The Running Mate."

Klein’s latest book, "The Natural: The Misunderstood Presidency of Bill Clinton" (March 2002), gives a definitive analysis of what happened and why during the Clinton years.

Klein has been a consultant for CBS News and has provided commentary on American politics for various broadcasts from 1992 until July of 1997.

From 1987 to 1992, Klein was a political columnist at New York magazine, where he won a number of awards, including the Peter Khiss Award, which honors reporting on New York City government and public affairs, for a series on the 1989 mayoral campaign.

In addition, he has written articles and book reviews for The New Republic, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Life, Rolling Stone, and other publications. He is also the author of two nonfiction books: "Payback: Five Marines After Vietnam" (1984) and "Woody Guthrie: A Life" (1980).

Joe Klein began his journalism career as a reporter with the Essex County Newspapers in Massachusetts in 1969. In 1972 he worked as a reporter for WGBH-TV in Boston, and from 1972 to 1974 he was a news editor at The Real Paper, also in Boston. From 1975 to 1980 he was a contributing editor for Rolling Stone, also serving as its Washington Bureau Chief from 1975 to 1977.

He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in American civilization. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and is a former Guggenheim fellow. He lives with his wife and two children in Westchester County, New York, and he is also the father of two adult sons.

The Wadsworth Lecture at Geneseo was endowed 11 years ago by the late Alice Wadsworth Strong, who established the series in honor of her father, Ambassador James Jeremiah Wadsworth, to reflect and memorialize his life of public service at the national, state and local levels.

Previous Wadsworth Lecture speakers have included former Presidents George Bush and Gerald Ford, conservationist and paleoanthropologist Richard Leakey, and author and journalist David Halberstam.

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