Neal R. Peirce

Title: Journalist, Editor
Location: Washington D.C., United States

Neal Peirce, Journalist and Editor, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in the field of journalism.

As a student, Mr. Peirce studied at Princeton University, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in 1954. He enlisted in the United States Army in 1955, serving in the Counter Intelligence Corps until 1957, when he was honorably discharged. He returned to civilian life, continuing his education at Harvard University, where he completed postgraduate coursework until 1958, when he made a connection with then-Congressman, Silvio Conte. Mr. Peirce worked with him, helping him in his 1958 election, and worked for him in 1959 as a legislative assistant.

Through a connection from Mr. Conte’s office, Mr. Peirce met with the editor of Congressional Quarterly for lunch and was hired as a political editor in 1960. He worked for the publication for nine years and left to co-found the National Journal, where he went on to serve as a contributing editor for nearly 30 years, until 1997. From 1971 to 1974, he was a fellow of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and in 1992, he became the first Weinberg professor at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.

Mr. Peirce has been a part of many published works, including writing “The People’s President: The Electoral College in American History and the Direct Vote Alternative” in 1968 (and the second edition in 1981), “The Megastates of America” in 1972, and “Citistates: How Urban America Can Prosper in a Competitive World,” among many others. He served as the director and editor of the “Peirce Report” newspaper series on issues facing 26 metropolitan regions across the United States, and published “Century of the City: No Time to Lose” in 2008.

In 2010, Mr. Peirce co-founded the online news agency Citiscope. He cites Nelson Poynter, publisher, media proprietor, and co-founder of the Congressional Quarterly, as a mentor and influence in his career. Mr. Peirce is a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration, and as a testament to his stature and success as a journalist and editor, he has been featured in multiple editions of Who’s Who in the World, Who’s Who in the East, and Who’s Who in America.

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