Jon Lovett is a screenwriter and former presidential speechwriter. He most recently served as a producer of the award-winning HBO series The Newsroom. He is the co-creator and head writer of the 2012 NBC sitcom 1600 Penn.
In January 2017, Jon along with former White House aides Jon Favreau, Dan Pfeiffer and Tommy Vietor, launched the political podcast Pod Save America. Each episode, they are joined by journalists, politicians, comedians, and activists for a freewheeling conversation about politics, the press and the challenges posed by the Trump presidency.
Prior to screenwriting and podcasting, Jon spent three years as a speechwriter for President Barack Obama. During his tenure at the White House, Jon drafted speeches on a complete range of public policy issues. He also helped craft the jokes and materials used by the President at the annual White House Correspondents Dinner, where the President pokes fun at Washington, the press, and himself.
Before serving in the White House, Jon was chief speechwriter to then-Senator Hillary Clinton, having served as deputy chief speechwriter on her presidential campaign. Jon is a 2004 graduate of Williams College. He earned a degree in math, co-authoring a peer-reviewed paper in American Mathematical Monthly.
After college but before entering politics, he spent time doing standup at comedy clubs around New York. His amateur comedy career was vindicated years later when he beat Grover Norquist in a standup competition.
Jon currently resides in Los Angeles.
"It all went really smoothly. He was honest and open in his speech and everyone really loved it. The student response was great and the audience was engaged. It was a full house with 300 people. He was a blast to host!"- University of Southern California