Mark K. Updegrove is an author, presidential historian, and the president and CEO of the LBJ Foundation.
From 2009-2017 Updegrove was the director of the LBJ Presidential Library. In this capacity, he hosted the Civil Rights Summit, which included then President Barack Obama, and former Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Jimmy Carter. Updegrove also oversaw an 11-million-dollar redesign of the library and its core exhibits. Before joining the LBJ Library, Updegrove previously served as publisher of Newsweek, and the President of Time magazine's Canadian edition.
Updegrove has authored four books on the presidency: The Last Republicans: Inside the Extraordinary Relationship Between George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush; Baptism by Fire: Eight Presidents Who Took Office in Times of Crisis; Indomitable Will: LBJ In The White Presidency; and Second Acts: Presidential Lives and Legacies After the White House.
Updegrove is the Presidential Historian for ABC News and appears regularly on Good Morning America, and This Week. He writes for The New York Times, The Hill, Politico, The Daily Beast, Time, Parade, National Geographic, and Texas Monthly. He has conducted exclusive interviews with five Presidents.