Pen Name: None
Born:1950 in Coos Bay, Oregon
Died: February 18, 2004 in Hinsdale, Illinois
- A longtime political columnist for the Chicago Sun Times
Biographical and Professional Information
Neal was a world-renowned journalist and political historian. He has been a political columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times since 1987. He studied at the University of Oregon and was a graduate of Columbia University's School of Journalism.
During his career, Neal served as a byline reporter and columnist for the Oregon Journal, the Philadelphia Inquirer and the Chicago Tribune, rising to the level of White House correspondent for the Tribune. From 1987 until his death in 2004, he worked with the Chicago Sun-Times, writing a frequent political column for their editorial page.
His hero was Abraham Lincoln, and he campaigned for public support to transfer Lincoln's papers and memorabilia to a scholarly, nonpolitical library and museum that would serve as a focus for public education of the life of the 16th President of the United States. The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library opened to the public in 2005. In honor of Neal's work and advocacy for the creation of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum, the library's reading room was named after him and the published collection of materials owned by Neal was donated to the library. It consisted of 1,950 books alone. Read more about the "Steve Neal Reading Room" on the Abraham Lincoln Presential Library & Museum website.
- The Eisenhowers, Reluctant Dynasty, Doubleday, 1978
- Dark Horse, Doubleday, 1984
- They Never Go Back to Pocatello, Oregon Historical Society, 1989
- The Biography of Wendell Willkie, University of Kansas Press, 1989
- Rolling on the River, Southern Illinois University, 1999
- McNary of Oregon, Oregon Historical Society, 2000
- Harry and Ike, The Partnership That Remade the Postwar World, Simon and Schuster, 2001
- HST, Memories of the Truman Years, Southern Illinois University, 2003
Titles for Purchase and at Your Library
The Eisenhowers: Reluctant dynasty
Release Date: 1978
Dark Horse: A Biography of Wendell Willkie
Release Date: 1989-11
They Never Go Back to Pocatello: The Selected Essays of Richard Neuberger
Release Date: 1989-02
McNary of Oregon: A Political Biography
Release Date: 1985-09
Harry and Ike: The Partnership That Remade the Postwar World
Release Date: 2002-08-27
- Wall Street Journal`s Critic`s Choice award
- Three Time Pulitzer Prize Nominee
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