Philip Kunhardt has spent the last twenty years exploring the lives and accomplishments of pivotal figures from American history. As an author and a producer for PBS and other networks he has helped create stirring historical documentaries and written companion books to accompany them. In the process he has interviewed many of America’s greatest historians and intellectuals, prepared interviews for all of the living presidents, and directed the voices of many of our leading actors and actresses. He is a recognized authority on Abraham Lincoln and on the visual record of his life and times. He is cofounder of the Meserve Kunhardt Foundation whose massive collection of photographs from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries has been deemed an “American Treasure” by the National Park Service and the National Trust for Historic Preservation. A gifted and inspiring public speaker, Kunhardt uses pictures and words to bring history alive and show why it matters today.

Kunhardt has co-authored two books on Abraham Lincoln—a best-selling biography and an extensive look at his legacy—and in the Lincoln bicentennial year is currently working on a third. He is the co-author of Lincoln: An Illustrated Biography (1992), P.T. Barnum: America’s Greatest Showman (1995), The American President (2000), and Looking For Lincoln (2008), the companion volume of PBS’s upcoming Special by the same name. He also has more than fifteen documentaries and documentary series to his credit, including ABC’s “Lincoln” (1992); Discovery’s “Insanity Files” (1994); and PBS’s “American President” (2000), “Echoes from the White House” (2001), “Freedom: A History of US” (2003), and “Mandate: The President and The People” (2005).

Over the years he has spoken, among many locations, at the Smithsonian Institute, the White House Historical Society, the 92nd Street Y, Yale University, the New-York Historical Society, and the Miller Center at the University of Virginia. He has appeared on the Today Show, the Charlie Rose Show, National Public Radio, CNN, Larry King Live, the Diane Rehm Show, and many others.

Kunhardt is currently a Bard Center Fellow in Annandale, New York, where he is teaching on Lincoln in American Memory, and on the life and times of Frederick Douglass.

Significant Projects:

Co-author, Lincoln, Life Size (upcoming, Knopf, 2009)

Co-author, Looking for Lincoln (Knopf, 2008)

Developing Producer, “Till the River Runs Clear” (PBS) 2007

Author, “Jenny Lind’s American Debut” (in I Wish I’d Been There, ed. Byron Hollinshead, Doubleday, 2006)

Developing Producer, “African American Lives” (PBS) 2006

Writer/producer, “Mandate: The President and the People” (PBS) 2005

Developing Producer “The Search for Eternal Egypt” (The History Channel) 2005

Writer/producer, “The Kennedy Tapes Revealed” (NBC/Bravo Special) 2004

Writer/producer, “Freedom: A History of US” (Sixteen-part PBS series), 2003

Writer/producer, “Echoes from the White House” (PBS Special), 2001

Writer/producer, “The American President” (Ten-hour PBS series), 2000

Co-author, The American President (New York: Riverhead Press, 1999)

Co-author, P.T. Barnum: America's Greatest Showman (Knopf, 1995)

Writer/producer “P.T. Barnum: America’s Greatest Showman” (Two hour miniseries for The Discovery Channel), 1995

Writer/producer, “Violence: An American Tradition” (HBO Special), 1994

Writer/producer, “The Insanity Files” (documentary film on Mary Todd Lincoln for The Discovery Channel), 1994

Writer/producer, “Only Human” (10-part series for The Learning Channel), 1993

Co-author, Lincoln (New York: Knopf, 1992) (New York Times bestseller and chosen as a main selection by Book of the Month Club)

Writer/producer, “Lincoln” (Three-hour miniseries for ABC) 1992

Writer/producer, “The People’s Palace: Secrets of the New York Public Library” (PBS Special) 1991

Writer, “Eldercare,” 1990 (winner of National Media Award)