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Jon Lovett      

Co-Founder, Crooked Media; Host, "Lovett or Leave It" and "Pod Save America"

Jon Lovett is is an American speechwriter, podcaster, and founder of Crooked Media.

In 2004, Lovett volunteered for John Kerry's presidential campaign., where he was asked to write a statement for the candidate. His work led to an offer of a writing internship, and he was hired in 2005 to assist Sarah Hurwitz as a speechwriter for then-Senator Hillary Clinton.

Lovett worked both on Clinton’s presidential campaign and in her Senate office, later working as a speechwriter for President Barack Obama for three years. During a dynamic and tumultuous time in our history, Lovett’s unique perspective on politics, humor, communications shed light on the absurd way things really work in our nation’s capital.

During his tenure at the White House, Lovett 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 President Obama ran for re-election, Lovett moved to California to become a screenwriter. Lovett was a co-creator, executive producer, and writer of 1600 Penn from 2012 until 2013. Lovett then worked as a writer, producer, and advisor on season three of HBO's The Newsroom.

Starting in March 2016, Lovett co-hosted The Ringer's political podcast Keepin' it 1600 with former fellow Obama staffers Jon Favreau, Dan Pfeiffer, and Tommy Vietor.

Shortly after the November 2016 election, Lovett, Favreau and Vietor founded their own company, Crooked Media, and launched a new podcast, Pod Save America. Lovett currently hosts ten podcasts under Crooked Media, including Pod Save America and Lovett or Leave It. Additionally, he launched a voter recruitment and education project, called Vote Save America.

Lovett 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 and was named “Washington’s Funniest Celebrity.”

Speech Topics


The Art of Bulls#%!

Role of Humor in Politics

Lessons on Communications

Humorous Take on Life in Washington

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