Adam Clymer, left, and a fellow Times reporter, Steven Rattner, interviewed Senator Edward M. Kennedy in his office in 1979.
Clymer and his wife, Ann Clymer, announcing the settlement of a lawsuit in 1992 over the death of their daughter, caused by a drunken driver.
Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138, United States
In 1958, Adam received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard University.
University of Cape Town, Rondebosch, Cape Town, 7700, South Africa
In 1959, Clymer did his postgraduate work at the University of Cape Town.
(This work represents a unique, enormously readable chroni...)
This work represents a unique, enormously readable chronicle of one of the most fascinating political figures of our time - Edward M. Kennedy.
(Prepared for The Aspen Institute, this book contains a su...)
Prepared for The Aspen Institute, this book contains a summary of Conference participant's thoughts on the practice of journalism in dangerous times. Participants included Neal Shapiro of NBC News, Lachlan Murdoch of News Corp and Judy Woodruff of CNN and PBS.
(Considered one of America's engineering marvels, the Pana...)
Considered one of America's engineering marvels, the Panama Canal sparked intense debates in the 1970's over the decision to turn it back over to Panama. In this remarkable and revealing tale, a noted journalist Adam Clymer shows how the decision to give up this revered monument of the "American century" stirred emotions already rubbed raw by the loss of the Vietnam War and shaped American politics for years.
In his early years, Clymer attended The Walden School in Manhattan. In 1958, Adam received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard University. The following year, in 1959, he did his postgraduate work at the University of Cape Town.
In 2005, Clymer attained an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from the University of Vermont.
Clymer began his career in journalism, when he was a high school student. He wrote for the school newspaper and collected sports scores for The New York Times.
In 1960, Adam was appointed a reporter at The Virginian-Pilot newspaper in Norfolk, Virginia, a post he held till 1962. Between 1961 and 1962, he served as a private first class in the United States Army. In 1963, Clymer began serving as a reporter at The Baltimore Sun daily newspaper and remained in that position until 1976. In 1964, he covered Khrushchev’s ouster as the Soviet leader.
In 1977, Clymer was hired as a reporter at the New York Daily News in Washington. During the period from 1977 and 1990, he worked as a reporter and editor at The New York Times, dividing his time between New York City and Washington. In 1980, Adam served as a The New York Times national political correspondent for the 1980 presidential election. Between 1983 and 1990, he acted as a polling editor for the same newspaper.
In 1988, Clemer was a political editor for George H. W. Bush's presidential campaign. In 1991, he was appointed an assistant Washington editor at The New York Times, a post he continiued to hold till 1997, when he was promoted to the position of Washington editor. In 1999, Adam left the post and began working as a chief Washington correspondent for The New York Times. In 2003, he left the position.
Also, Clymer covered the 2000 presidential campaign for the Times and wrote at least one article, that was considered unfavorable by the campaign of George W. Bush.
In 2004, Adam became a visiting scholar at the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania, where he also served as Political Director for the National Annenberg Election Survey. Between 2005 and 2008, he served as Chair of Harvard Crimson Graduate Council in Cambridge, Massachusetts. In 2006, Adam acted as an adjunct professor at the George Washington University.
(Considered one of America's engineering marvels, the Pana...)2008
(Prepared for The Aspen Institute, this book contains a su...)2003
(This work represents a unique, enormously readable chroni...)1999
"Ted Kennedy's achievements as a senator have towered over his time, changing the lives of far more Americans than remember the name Mary Jo Kopechne."
"When I came back to Washington to be The Times' chief congressional correspondent in 1991, I was looking for a book subject, and Ted Kennedy stood out for two reasons."
"I thought writing about somebody current would be a little closer to what I'm used to doing."
"Another thing that's quite different in writing a book as a practicing newspaperman is that if you look at what you've written the next morning and you think you didn't get it quite right, you can fix it."
"There's a Washington standard of casually putting things off the record. It's really gone too far. I don't know an easy way to turn it back."
"Gore speaks to America as if English is its second language; George W. speaks as if English is his second language."
Adam was a member of the National Press Club, Delhi Golf Club (India) and Phi Beta Kappa.
Physical Characteristics: Adam suffered from pancreatic cancer, Parkinson’s disease and Myasthenia gravis, a neuromuscular condition.
Adam married Ann Wood Fessenden on June 3, 1961. Their marriage produced one child, Jane Emily Clymer, who, at the age of 18, was killed by a drunken driver in September 1985. Ann died on February 10, 2013.