Robert Scheer

Writer + Activist and Tax Resister
Born Apr 14, 1936

Robert Scheer is an American journalist who writes a column for Truthdig that is nationally syndicated by Creators Syndicate in publications such as The Huffington Post and The Nation. He is a clinical professor of communications at the Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism at the University of Southern California and co-hosts the weekly political radio program Left, Right & Center on KCRW, the National Public Radio affiliate in Santa Monica, California.… Read More

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1936 Birth Born in 1936.


1962 26 Years Old In 1962 in Berkeley, California, Scheer along with David Horowitz, Maurice Zeitlin, Phil Roos, and Sol Stern founded Root and Branch: A Radical Quarterly, one of the first campus New Left journals. … Read More
1964 28 Years Old Between 1964 and 1969, he served, variously, as the Vietnam correspondent, managing editor and editor-in-chief of Ramparts magazine. … Read More
1965 29 Years Old Scheer was formerly married to Serena Turan Scheer. Serena, sister of film critic Kenneth Turan, was from Brooklyn and was on the editorial staff of Root and Branch. Robert Scheer married Anne Butterfield Weills in 1965; they later divorced. … Read More


1966 30 Years Old He challenged U.S. Representative Jeffrey Cohelan in the 1966 Democratic primary. … Read More
1968 32 Years Old In 1968, he signed the “Writers and Editors War Tax Protest” pledge, vowing to refuse to pay taxes in protest against the Vietnam War.
1970 34 Years Old 1 More Event
In July 1970, Scheer accompanied as a journalist a Black Panther Party delegation, led by Eldridge Cleaver, who also wrote for Ramparts, to North Korea, China, and Vietnam. … Read More


1976 40 Years Old 1 More Event
After several years freelancing for magazines, including New Times and Playboy, Scheer joined the Los Angeles Times in 1976 as a reporter. … Read More


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Scheer has often expressed highly controversial ideas. For example, on February 15, 2005, he wrote an article entitled "What We Don't Know About 9/11 Hurts Us" for the LA Times.
2006 70 Years Old In 2006, Scheer published Playing President: My Close Encounters with Nixon, Carter, Bush I, Reagan and Clinton – and How They Did Not Prepare Me for George W. Bush (Akashic Books), a collection of his many interviews, profiles, and columns about Presidents Richard Nixon through George W. Bush.
2008 72 Years Old In 2008 he published The Pornography of Power: How Defense Hawks Hijacked 9/11 and Weakened America. … Read More
In an April 7, 2010, article he wrote that Harry Truman perpetrated "the most atrocious act of terrorism in world history when he annihilated the civilian populations of Hiroshima and Nagasaki." … Read More
2011 75 Years Old …  The Society of Professional Journalists awarded Scheer the 2011 Sigma Delta Chi Award for his column. … Read More
2013 77 Years Old Robert Scheer is editor-in-chief of the news website Truthdig, which is a four-time recipient of the Webby Award for best political blog, and in 2013, Truthdig won a fifth award for best politics site.
2015 79 Years Old Scheer's latest book, They Know Everything About You: How Data-Collecting Corporations and Snooping Government Agencies Are Destroying Democracy, was released on February 21, 2015.
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