A high-profile senior analyst for CNN and staff writer for The New Yorker, Jeffrey Toobin is one of the country’s most esteemed experts on politics, media and the law.With unparalleled journalistic skill, Toobin has provided analysis on some of the most provocative and important events of our time.
The author of critically acclaimed best sellers, Toobin delved into the historical, political and personal inner workings of the Supreme Court and its justices in his book The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court. The Nine spent more than four months on the New York Times Best Seller list and was named one of the best books of the year by Time, Newsweek, Entertainment Weekly and the Economist. His newest book, The Oath, a sequel to The Nine, is a gripping insider’s account of the momentous ideological war between the John Roberts Supreme Court and the Obama administration.
Toobin is also the author of renowned bestseller Too Close to Call: The 36-Day Battle to Decide the 2000 Election is the definitive story of the Bush-Gore presidential recount and the basis for an HBO movie. With clarity, insight, humor and a deep understanding of the law, Toobin deconstructs the events, the players and the often-Byzantine intricacies of our judicial system, ending up with a remarkable account of one of the most significant periods in our nation’s history.
At the podium, Toobin is an unbiased, deeply analytic (and often very funny) expert on all matters of American law, politics and media. Toobin provides a unique look into the inner workings of The Supreme Court and its influence, as well as how upcoming elections will shape the court and, in turn, the nation. Also the perfect moderator for a panel, his relaxed style, sense of humor and unprejudiced, forthright analysis make for a fascinating presentation.
Toobin received his bachelor’s degree from Harvard College and graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School, where he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review.
After a six-year tenure at ABC News, where he covered the country’s highest-profile cases and received a 2000 Emmy Award for his coverage of the Elian Gonzales custody saga, Toobin joined CNN as a legal analyst for CNN in 2002 where he now serves as senior analyst. Also a staff writer for The New Yorker since 1993, he has written articles on such subjects as the Bernie Madoff scandal, the case of Roman Polanski, and profiles of Justices Clarence Thomas, Stephen Breyer, John Paul Stevens and Chief Justice John Roberts. His article “An Incendiary Defense” for the magazine broke the news that the O.J. Simpson defense team planned to accuse Mark Fuhrman of planting evidence and to play “the race card.”
Prior to joining The New Yorker, Toobin served as an Assistant United States Attorney in Brooklyn, New York. He also served as an associate counsel in the Office of Independent Counsel Lawrence E. Walsh, an experience that provided the basis for his first book, Opening Arguments: A Young Lawyer’s First Case: United States v. Oliver North. His other books also take a behind the scenes look at the legal system: A Vast Conspiracy explored the investigation and impeachment of Bill Clinton; and The Run of His Life closely examined the workings of the criminal justice system in the O.J. Simpson trial.
Toobin lives in New York City with his wife and two children.