Michael Medved is a nationally syndicated radio host, best-selling author, and veteran film critic. His daily three-hour broadcast reaches more than 3.5 million listeners on more than 200 stations across the country – drawing an audience that consistently ranks his show as one of the top ten political talk shows in the United States.
Born in Philadelphia, educated in public schools in San Diego and Los Angeles, Michael attended Yale as a National Merit Scholar, graduating with honors as an American History major. He then attended Yale Law School (where his classmates included Bill and Hillary Clinton) before going to work as a political speechwriter and consultant for a variety of liberal candidates and office-holders.
Michael’s first book “WHAT REALLY HAPPENED TO THE CLASS OF ’65?” provided one of the first skeptical reconsiderations of the 1960’s counterculture, and became the basis for a weekly TV series on NBC. That program led to Michael’s work as a Hollywood screenwriter and movie critic, first on CNN, then for twelve years as co-host of “Sneak Previews” on PBS-TV. He also served as chief film critic for the New York Post before launching his radio show in 1996.
Medved’s tenth book, “RIGHT TURNS” drew national attention in 2005, drawing 35 “unconventional lessons” from Michael’s dramatic transition from “punk liberal activist” to “lovable conservative curmudgeon.” The New York Times called Right Turns “A provocative memoir… Even many of his readers who hold to very different political and social views will concede, grudgingly, the quality of Medved’s intellect.” National Review Online explains, “Right Turns is an engaging memoir and a moving tribute to America. It is also a very accessible road map for explaining the practical reasons old radicals often become older conservatives.”
The College Republicans worked in conjunction to host Mr. Medved at UW.