Former Obama Speechwriter to Visit Stonehill

September 4, 2014


President Barack Obama meets with Jon Favreau in the Oval Office to review a speech back in 2009. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Jon Favreau, former director of speechwriting for President Barack Obama, will visit Stonehill College on Wednesday, September 17th at 4 p.m. in the Pettit Atrium of the Shields Science Center. The event, which will be free and open to the public, is being sponsored by the College’s Martin Institute for Law & Society. To rsvp, please email npreston@stonehill.edu.  

From 2009 through early 2013, Favreau served as Obama’s Director of Speechwriting. He also served as Obama’s main speechwriter during the 2008 presidential campaign. Favreau, 33, began working with Obama in 2005, when he started his first term as a U.S. Senator. Prior to that, Favreau served as deputy director of speechwriting for John Kerry during his 2004 presidential campaign.

Favreau's passion for writing and public service first developed at the College of the Holy Cross, where he graduated with degrees in political science and sociology in 2003. This past May, he was awarded a Doctor of Public Service honorary degree by Holy Cross where he also gave the commencement address.

In the spring of 2013, Favreau served as a fellow at the University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics, where he taught a weekly non-credit seminar entitled “Storytelling in the Age of Sound Bites.”

Favreau was named one of the "100 Most Influential People in the World" by Time Magazine and ranked 33rd in GQ's "50 Most Powerful in D.C."  list. He was also one of several Obama administration members featured  in the 2009 "World's Most Beautiful People" issue of People Magazine.

Favreau is the co-founder of Fenway Strategies where he has consulted and written speeches for several celebrities, Fortune 500 CEOs, and nonprofit leaders. Favreau is also a columnist for “The Daily Beast.”

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