Jonathan Alter Net Worth

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Jonathan attended Phillips Academy and matriculated in 1975. Afterwards, he enrolled at Harvard University, where during his time there, he became one of the editors of the “Harvard Crimson”, before graduating in 1979.

Alter began his journalistic career with “Newsweek”, which he served as their media critic. He started his own column in 1991 which was the first time the magazine allowed political commentary. He also started working as a correspondent to NBC News, continuing to work on both jobs, and in particular gaining a lot of popularity during election night in 2000. He also did an article on “Newsweek” about the September 11 attacks, which found a lot of popularity; his net worth was starting to increase. Soon he would become a well-known critic during the George W. Bush presidency, and in the meantime he wrote the book entitled “The Defining Moment” which talks about how Franklin D. Roosevelt saved America from becoming a dictatorship. Alter continued to make profound statements with his work, promoting education reform. Around this time, he began making numerous appearances on radio including “Imus in the Morning” and “The Al Franken Show”.

Jonathan also became a part of the documentary “Waiting for Superman”, then compiled the book “Between the Lines: A View Inside American Politics, People and Culture”, a collection of 20 years’ worth of his columns. During Obama’s presidency he wrote “The Promise: President Obama, Year One”, and “The Center Holds: Obama and His Enemies”. He would also continue to work for “Newsweek” until 2011, when he would leave the company to join Bloomberg. One of his recent projects is the show “Alpha House” which stars John Goodman; the series revolves around four Republican US Senators who live together. He also hosts a radio show as part of the network Radio Andy; his net worth is still rising.

For his personal life, it is known that Alter has been married to Emily Jane Lazar since 1986 and they have three children. He comes from a political family with his mother being the first woman elected to public office in Cook County, Illinois. His siblings and relatives also served in politics to some degree. Alter is a cancer survivor, previously battling against lymphoma. He also holds honorary degrees from Montclair State University and Utica College, and has an honorary doctorate from Western Connecticut State University.

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  • Net Worth: $3 million
  • Date Of Birth: October 6, 1957
  • Place Of Birth: Chicago, Illinois, United States
  • Profession: Journalist
  • Education: Harvard University, Phillips Academy
  • Nationality: American
  • Spouse: Emily Lazar
  • Children: Tommy Lazar Alter, Charlotte Lazar Alter, Molly Lazar Alter
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  • Favorite songs: “Born to Run” by Bruce Springsteen, “Imagine” by John Lennon, “Empire State of Mind” by Jay Z and Alicia Keys, “Jumping Jack Flash” by The Rolling Stones.
  • Alter received his B.A. in history with honors from Harvard in 1979.
  • Survived lymphoma cancer with the help of chemotherapy, surgery and an adult-stem-cell bone-marrow transplant.
  • Newsweek Senior Editor and columnist.


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I am Jane Doe 2017 Documentary executive producer
Alpha House 2013-2014 TV Series executive producer – 21 episodes
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The Garden’s Defining Moments 2016 TV Mini-Series
Keep the Change 2013 Short Group Member
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I am Jane Doe 2017 Documentary story editor / strategy/publicity
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American Experience 2009 TV Series documentary special thanks – 1 episode
Out of the Shadows: The Man Who Was Deep Throat 2006 Video documentary short special thanks
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Citizen Trump 2015 TV Movie documentary Himself
Politics Nation with Al Sharpton 2013-2015 TV Series Himself
Charlie Rose 1994-2015 TV Series Himself – Guest / Himself
IMDb: What to Watch 2014 TV Series documentary Himself
The Roosevelts: An Intimate History 2014 TV Series documentary Himself – Writer
How Washington Really Works: Charlie Peters & the Washington Monthly 2014 Short Himself
Alpha House 2013-2014 TV Series Himself
Overheard 2010-2013 TV Series Himself – interviewee / Himself
NewsNation with Tamron Hall 2013 TV Series Guest – Himself
Watch What Happens: Live 2013 TV Series Himself – Bartender
The War Room with Michael Shure 2013 TV Series Himself – Guest
Real Time with Bill Maher 2010-2013 TV Series Himself – Guest / Himself
The Colbert Report 2006-2013 TV Series Himself – Guest / Himself
The O’Reilly Factor 2013 TV Series Himself (segment “Watters’ World”)
Now with Alex Wagner 2013 TV Series Himself – Guest
Hardball with Chris Matthews 2006-2013 TV Series Himself
Martin Bashir 2012-2013 TV Series Himself
The Ed Show 2012-2013 TV Series Himself
The Ultimate Guide to the Presidents 2013 TV Mini-Series Himself – Historian
Up to Us 2012 Short Himself
Melissa Harris-Perry 2012 TV Series Himself
The Daily Show 2011 TV Series Himself
Countdown w/ Keith Olbermann 2006-2011 TV Series Himself
The President’s Book of Secrets 2010 TV Movie documentary Himself
Book TV 2010 TV Series Himself
Late Show with David Letterman 2010 TV Series Himself
Today 2010 TV Series Himself
Waiting for ‘Superman’ 2010 Documentary Himself
American Experience 2009 TV Series documentary Himself – Writer
Landslide: A Portrait of President Herbert Hoover 2009 TV Movie documentary Himself
Right America: Feeling Wronged – Some Voices from the Campaign Trail 2009 TV Movie documentary Himself
MSNBC Live 2009 TV Series Himself
IFC News: 2008 Uncut 2008 TV Series Himself
Tavis Smiley 2008 TV Series Himself
Meet the Press 2006 TV Series Himself
The Chris Matthews Show 2006 TV Series Himself
Out of the Shadows: The Man Who Was Deep Throat 2006 Video documentary short Himself – Senior Editor, Newsweek
The Al Franken Show 2005 TV Series Himself
Connected: Coast to Coast 2005 TV Series Himself
The Hunting of the President 2004 Documentary Himself – Investigative Reporter, Newsweek
CNN Presents 2004 TV Series documentary Himself
Star-Crossed 2002 TV Special Himself (Newsweek reporter)
Dateline NBC 1999 TV Series documentary Himself
Trump: What’s the Deal? 1991 Documentary Himself
Archive Footage
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Évocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie 2012 Documentary Himself – Newsweek


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