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Kevin Bleyer

Kevin Bleyer is the multiple Emmy award-winning former writer for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, a contributor to President Barack Obama's speeches, a co-author of the #1 NY Times Bestseller Earth: The Book, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Television writing

After doing commentaries and freelance reporting for NPR's "All Things Considered" and American Public Media's "Marketplace", Bleyer began his television writing career as a writer and producer for Politically Incorrect from 1996 to 2002.[1] He then wrote for the critically acclaimed Bravo series Significant Others and created and executive produced the Showtime pilot Nightly, in which he was also featured as an on-air correspondent.[2] In 2003, Bleyer became a writer and producer on Dennis Miller, a position he held until the show's cancellation in 2005.[3]

From 2005 to 2012, Bleyer was a member of the writing staff of The Daily Show, where he worked on over 1000 episodes and several specials, earning four Emmys in the process.[4] He also won a WGA Award in 2010 for his work on the show in 2009.[5]

Bleyer was also one of several Daily Show writers to write for the 80th Annual Academy Awards in 2008, when Jon Stewart served as host.[6]

Political writing and activities

Since 2008, Bleyer has contributed to a number of U.S. President Barack Obama's speeches, including the President's addresses at the annual White House Correspondents Dinner in 2012,[7] 2011,[8][9] 2010[10] and 2009. After the speech in 2010, reporters from several outlets reported erroneously that The Daily Show staff worked on the President's remarks. The White House and Comedy Central clarified that Bleyer worked independently on the speech, in light of accusations of the show being too close to President Barack Obama.[11][12][13]

Among the first contributors chosen to launch The Huffington Post, Bleyer is a frequent commentator for National Public Radio. He also reported from Iraq as part of The Daily Show's "Operation: Silent Thunder," featuring correspondent Rob Riggle, in 2007.[14] That same year, he was profiled by Charlie Rose.[15]

In 2008, Bleyer participated in a mock debate before the United States Congress based on the 2007–2008 Writers Guild of America strike, which involved multiple sitting Congresspeople.[16] He also spoke to NPR about his involvement in the strike.[17]

Bleyer is the author of the book Me The People: One Man's Selfless Quest to Rewrite the Constitution of the United States of America, published by Random House in June 2012.[18]

Personal life

Bleyer is the younger brother of sports anchor Keith Bleyer.

Bleyer was raised in Washington and had a role in the movie Twice in a Lifetime as a teenager. He went on to attend Stanford University, where he studied communications and computer engineering and earned a degree in the former in 1994. He also had an internship at New York's Public Theater, where he assisted playwright Anna Deavere Smith and performed dramaturgical duties with playwright Tony Kushner.[19]

He lives in New York.

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