Howard Fineman to Speak at Law School Graduation

Howard Fineman, '80, has agreed to be the Brandeis School of Law 2013 graduation speaker. He is a huge University of Louisville fan and recently wrote an article about UofL joining the ACC.

Howard Fineman is Editorial Director of the AOL Huffington Post Media Group, the leadership team bringing the HuffPost's unique blend of news, commentary and reader engagement to all AOL content sites and 250 million users worldwide. He continues to report and write on politics for the Huffington Post main site.

A long time political reporter and commentator, Fineman serves as an analyst for NBC News and MSNBC. He is a regular on MSNBC's "Hardball with Chris Matthews" and "The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell." He also appears on MSNBC's "The Rachel Maddow Show," "Morning Joe," NBC's "Today Show" and the weekend NBC-syndicated "Chris Matthews Show."

Fineman joined The Huffington Post in October 2010 after many years as a reporter, columnist, editor and Deputy Washington Bureau Chief at Newsweek Magazine. When HuffPost was acquired by AOL in March 2011, Fineman was named Editorial Director of the new media group by Huffington Post founder and editor-in-chief Arianna Huffington.

The author of scores of Newsweek cover stories and a Newsweek column called "Living Politics," Fineman's work also has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post and The New Republic. He has interviewed every major presidential candidate since 1985 as well as business and entertainment leaders and has appeared on most major news and commentary shows.

His book, The Thirteen American Arguments, was published by Random House in 2008 and was a national best seller. The paperback edition of the book, published in 2009, went to new printings in 2010 and is available in major bookstores or on Amazon.com. He is the winner of numerous awards, including the Alumni Award from his professional alma mater, the Columbia Journalism School; an American Bar Association "Silver Gavel" Award; a New York Press Association "Headliner's Award; and Fineman's work helped Newsweek win three National Magazine Awards. In May 2011 he was awarded an honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters by Colgate University, his college alma mater.

A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Colgate, Fineman earned an M.S from Columbia and a J.D. law degree from the University of Louisville in 1980 during his years as a reporter with The Courier-Journal in Kentucky. He won a Watson Traveling Fellowship while at Colgate and a Pulitzer Traveling Fellowship at Columbia.