Howard Fineman

News Analyst, NBC and MSNBC
Lecturer, Annenberg School for Communication

Howard Fineman is an award-winning News Analyst for NBC News and MSNBC and contributes to He is lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School for Communication and the author of a best-selling history, The Thirteen American Arguments.

Prior to his expanded focus on NBC, Fineman spent seven years at HuffPost (formerly The Huffington Post). In a succession of leadership jobs culminating in global editorial director, he helped grow a SoHo-based startup with 20 million readers into a company with 17 editions in 12 languages and 150 million readers worldwide. Before HuffPost, Fineman was a chief political correspondent, columnist, senior editor and Deputy Washington bureau chief at Newsweek. As a network analyst since 1998, Fineman was a pioneering contributor to early internet sites such as and

As a lecturer the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School, Fineman teaches seminar courses on journalism, media, politics and American society.

Fineman’s honors include: The National Magazine Award, American Bar Association and Sigma Delta Chi (journalism fraternity) awards; the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Columbia Journalism School; and an honorary doctorate from his alma mater, Colgate University.

He began his career at The Courier-Journal in Louisville, Ky., where his coverage of the United Mine Workers' record 111-day strike was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize. He also covered politics and the Kentucky legislature, as well as energy and environmental issues.

Fineman has won several awards to travel and report worldwide, including Watson and Pulitzer traveling fellowships to Europe the Middle East, and a Committee of 100 program award to interview leaders in government, business, communications and the arts in China.

The Thirteen American Arguments, published in 2008 and revised in 2009 with a new chapter on President Obama, is available in paperback from Random House and Amazon. It is widely used in high school AP and college classes and is in its 15th paperback printing.

A native of Pittsburgh, Pa., Fineman was graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Colgate in 1971, earned an M.S. from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism School in 1973 and a J.D. from the University of Louisville in 1980, which included a year of study at the Georgetown University Law Center. He received in honorary degree in May 2015 from Washington and Jefferson College in Washington, Pennsylvania, and in May 2018 from Gettysburg College.  


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Howard Fineman is a News Analyst for NBC News and MSNBC and contributes to He is a lecturer for the Annenberg School for Communication and author of the best-selling book The Thirteen American Arguments.

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