Kenneth T. Walsh

Johanna Lawshea

Kenneth T. Walsh is the chief White House correspondent for U.S. News and World Report. He is the author of the daily blog “Ken Walsh’s Washington” for, and “The Presidency,” a weekly column for the U.S. News Weekly. He has covered the presidency since 1986, and is one of the longest-serving White House correspondents in history. Walsh is the former president of the White House Correspondents’ Association. He is the author of six other books, including, Prisoners of the White House and Family of Freedom. His latest book, Celebrity in Chief: A History of the Presidents and the Culture of Stardom (Paradigm) takes a detailed and comprehensive look at the history of America’s presidents as “celebrities in chief” since the beginning of the Republic. Among the special features of the book are detailed profiles of the presidents and how they measured up or failed as celebrities; an historical analysis of America’s popular culture and how presidents have played a part in it, from sports and television to movies and the news media; the role of first ladies; and a portfolio of fascinating photos illustrating the intersection of the presidency with popular culture.