About Gene Meyer
Eugene L. Meyer is an award-winning veteran journalist with eclectic interests but special passions for history, lifestyles, travel, real estate and the Chesapeake Bay. He has been widely published in magazines, authored four books and was for many years a reporter and editor at the Washington Post. Since leaving the Post in 2004, Meyer has received 17 awards for his work, and he has had more than 50 bylines in The New York Times. His first journalism job was as Washington bureau librarian for the old New York Herald Tribune, where he got to tag along with a White House reporter and watch the 1964 Civil Rights Act being signed into law.
Praise for Gene's Work
“Even in a newsroom full of superstars, Gene Meyer always stood out. Not flashy, not one to draw attention to himself, he has always found a way to bring so called ordinary people, and fading and forgotten places, into the spotlight. He has that most important but all too rare gift: he listens.”
—Michel Martin, Weekend Host of NPR's All Things Considered
“A historical memory that never seems to fade, a passion for justice and a gift for storytelling, Gene is always a must read.”
—Courtland Milloy, Washington Post columnist
“Gene Meyer knows the highways and byways and waterways of America like no one else. He was the first reporter I met at the Washington Post nearly 40 years ago, and I've been admiring him and reading him ever since.”
—David Maraniss, Pulitzer Prize-winning Associate Editor of the Washington Post
“Gene is an author and journalist whose writing is often elegiac, always compelling. His range is wide, his insights keen, and, with his eclectic interests, he informs and entertains his readers with his stories about the past and present...”
—Kitty Kelley, celebrity biographer
“I had the privilege of working with Gene Meyer during my early days at The Washington Post and it was like getting Ph.D in reporting and story-telling. Gene's continued to be a master of both for more than four decades now and, to this day, I still feel as if I learn something every time I read something he's written.”
—John Feinstein, sports writer, commentator and author of 35 books
“Meyer is our own Marco Polo, balancing interviews, explanatory background and lively commentary.”
—James Bready in the Baltimore Sun
In the News
B’nai B’rith Magazine, the publication Meyer has edited since December 2009, has won the “best magazine” award from the American Jewish Press Association. The cover story (“Stolen Silver: Nazi Plunder and the Unfinished Quest for Restitution”) also won first place for enterprising and investigative journalism.
Meyer was humbled and proud to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award in May 2019 from the Washington Independent Review of Books for his many years of service to the organization and for his years of journalism.
FIVE FOR FREEDOM: The African American Soldiers in John Brown’s Army won the 2019 award for Outstanding Biography/History from the American Society of Journalists and Authors.
My work in progress is "The Magnificent Previns and the World That Made Them." It tells the parallel stories of my great-uncle Charles Previn -- prominent in vaudeville, Broadway, early radio and Hollywood, friend and associate of George Gershwin -- and Cousin Andre Previn, who Charlie brought to Hollywood (saving his entire German Jewish family from the Holocaust) and helped launch on the road to fame and fortune. It's an untold family story set in times of war and peace, economic depression and postwar prosperity. Meanwhile, the memoir of my many decades as an eyewitness to history--years of protest, days of rage--as a reporter dedicated to truth telling in turbulent times is on an indefinite (one hopes temporary) sabbatical. It remains relevant, however, at a time when the importance of truth in a democracy is still under challenge from anti-democratic forces that have gone mainstream.
Latest Blog Post
February looms large in the story of Five for Freedom: The African American Soldiers in John Brown’s Army, my contribution to the canon of the famous abolitionist who led 18 raiders to Harpers Ferry in October 1859 in an attempt to incite a slave insurrection and abolish slavery. The five African Americans who joined the raid were Osborne Perry Anderson, John Anthony Copeland, Shields Green, Lewis Leary, and Dangerfield Newby. …Read More