Robert Scheer was born on April 4, 1936 in New York City, New York, USA. He is known for his work on The Siege (1998), Nixon (1995) and Bulworth (1998).
Came to work for the Los Angeles Times as a national correspondent in the mid-1970s. There he met his future wife, then-reporter Narda Zacchino. In the mid-90s he became a weekly columnist for the paper and continued in that role until 2006, when the Times canceled the column. The weekly column is now published by the San Francisco Chronicle every Wednesday.
Has authored seven books, the most recent being "The Five Biggest Lies Bush Told Us About Iraq" (co-author) and "Playing President," a collection of his interviews with five U.S. Presidents: Richard Nixon, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton. Some of his earlier books include, "Thinking Tuna Fish, Talking Death: Essays on the Pornography of Power," "With Enough Shovels: Reagan, Bush and Nuclear War," and "America After Nixon: The Age of Multinationals.".
Has edited several publications, including, in the investigative magazine Ramparts in the '60s, and the online magazines Online Journalism Review and (currently) Truthdig.com.
Teaches "Media & Society" as a professor at the Annenberg School of Communications at the University of Southern California.
Scheer can be heard on the political radio program "Left, Right and Center" on KCRW, the National Public Radio affiliate in Santa Monica, and elsewhere.
Scheer was raised in the Bronx, where he attended public schools and graduated from City College of New York. He studied as a Maxwell fellow at Syracuse University and was a fellow at the Center for Chinese Studies at UC Berkeley, where he did graduate work in economics. Scheer is a contributing editor for The Nation as well as a Nation Fellow. He has also been a Poynter fellow at Yale, and was a fellow in arms control at Stanford.