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Title: Director, Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum
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Presidential historian Mark Updegrove, who became Director of the LBJ Library & Museum on October 11, 2009, serves as the Library's fourth Director in its thirty-eight year history.
Updegrove is an award-winning author with over two decades of leadership experience within top media and communications organizations including Time, Newsweek, and Yahoo.
Often called on by the news media to offer commentary on the presidency, CNN has called Updegrove one of the "country's best presidential historians." Most recently, Updegrove was interviewed for a news story about President Barack Obama's sliding poll numbers on ABC's Good Morning America on September 2, 2009.
Updegrove is the author of two books relating to American presidents:
Updegrove has also written feature articles for American Heritage, The Nation, Time, and Worth, and has contributed op-ed pieces for numerous national and regional newspapers and websites.
Additionally, he conceived and co-developed "Time and the Presidency," a multi-media program featuring Time photographs of President Franklin Roosevelt through Clinton, along with reflections from Time's Hugh Sidey. The LBJ Library & Museum displayed the program's traveling exhibit in 2000.
Updegrove has been Director of Business Development at Rawle Murdy, a private communications firm. He has also served as Vice President and Head of Sales and Operations at Yahoo! Canada; Vice President and Publisher of Nickelodeon Magazine and MTV Magazine; U. S. Publisher of Newsweek; and spent eleven years in several leadership roles at Time, Inc. including Los Angeles Manager of Time and President of Time Canada, Time's Canadian edition and operation.
Updegrove graduated from the University of Maryland with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics in 1984. He and his wife, Evie, have two children, Charlie, 9, and Tallie, 3. The Updegrove family will be moving to Austin from Charleston, South Carolina.