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Jane M. Mayer Biography

Staff Writer for the New Yorker
Con to the question "Was Ronald Reagan a Good President?"

“The core of Reagan’s strength had been the public’s perception that he was a man of his beliefs: he might compromise on the margins, but he would not sell out his principles wholesale. The shipments of weapons to Khomeini shook the foundations of this belief, squandering Reagan’s moral authority…

His was a rhetorical presidency, capable at its best of uniting the country behind a common vision and moving the political center a long step to the right. But the Iran-contra affair revealed his rhetoric to be disconnected from his actions, and his actions to be disconnected from his policies. Ronald Reagan’s talents had hidden his flaws too well; inevitably his unmasking was his unmaking.”

Cowritten with Doyle McManus, Landslide: The Unmaking of the President, 1984-1988, 1988

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Staff Writer, New Yorker, 1995-present
  • Recipient, Hillman Prize for Book Journalism, 2009
  • Recipient, Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, 2008
  • Recipient, John Chancellor Award for Excellence in Journalism, 2008
  • White House, War, and Foreign Correspondent, Wall Street Journal, 1984-1995
  • Former Metropolitan Reporter, Washington Star
  • Former Journalist, Rutland Herald
  • Former Journalist, Weathersfield Weekly
  • Former Journalist, Black River Tribune
  • Former Freelance Journalist, TIME
  • Education:
  • Studied History at Oxford University
  • Graduated with Honors, Yale University, 1977
  • Graduated, Ethical Culture Fieldston School, 1973
  • Other:
  • First female White House correspondent for the Wall Street Journal
  • Married William Hamilton, Deputy National Editor of Political Coverage for the Washington Post, in 1992
  • Quoted in:
    Pro & Con Quotes: Was Ronald Reagan a Good President?