Ronald Kessler NY Times Best-selling author  

Op-ed Writer and Columnist.


Ronald Kessler is the New York Times bestselling author of 20 non-fiction books including his latest book, The Trump White House: Changing the Rules of the Game and The First Family Detail: Secret Service Agents Reveal the Hidden Lives of the Presidents in which he presents far bigger and more consequential stories that will make headlines about our nation’s leaders and the agency sworn to protect them. Kessler widens his scope to include presidential candidates and former presidents after they leave the White House. In particular, he focuses on first ladies and their children and their relationships with the presidents. From seeing reckless behavior that threatens the country’s safety, to overhearing First Lady Michelle Obama’s admonitions to the president, to watching their own agency take risks that could result in an assassination, Secret Service agents know a hidden world that Ronald Kessler exposes in The First Family Detail..


Kessler began his career as a journalist in 1964 on the Worcester Telegram, followed by three years as an investigative reporter and editorial writer with the Boston Herald. In 1968, he joined the Wall Street Journalas a reporter in the New York bureau. He became an investigative reporter with the Washington Post in 1970 and continued in that position until 1985.


Kessler has won eighteen journalism awards, including two George Polk awards—one for national reporting and one for community service. Kessler has also won the Robert Novak Journalist of the Year Award, the American Political Science Association’s Public Affairs Reporting Award, the Associated Press’ Sevellon Brown Memorial Award, and Washingtonian magazine’s Washingtonian of the Year award. Franklin Pierce University awarded him the Marlin Fitzwater Medallion for excellence as a prolific author, journalist, and communicator. He is listed in Who’s Who in America..


Secret Service agents act as human surveillance cameras and observe everything that goes on behind the scenes in the president’s inner circle. Kessler’s book IN THE PRESIDENT’S SECRET SERVICE: Behind the Scenes With Agents in the Line of Fire and the Presidents They Protect reveals what they have seen, providing startling inside stories about presidents from John F. Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, and Richard Nixon to Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama, as well as about their vice presidents, families, Cabinet officers, and White House aides.


Never before has a journalist penetrated the wall of secrecy that surrounds the U.S. Secret Service, that elite corps of agents who pledge to take a bullet to protect the president and his family. The book portrays the dangers that agents face, how they carry out their mission, how they are trained, and how they spot and assess potential threats. It discloses assassination plots that have never before been revealed.


The FBI is involved in almost every aspect of American life. From Watergate to Waco, from congressional scandals to the takedown of Osama bin Laden, from Vince Foster’s death and Marilyn Monroe’s suicide to the swap of Russian spies, Kessler’s book, The Secrets of the FBI, presents headline-making disclosures about the most important figures and events of our time.


Based on his unparalleled access to hundreds of current and former FBI agents, Kessler reveals the FBI’s most closely guarded privileged information and the secrets of celebrities, politicians, and movie stars uncovered by agents during their investigations. Kessler goes behind the scenes at the FBI Laboratory and training center and presents an exclusive interview with FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III. For the first time, the book reveals how agents on secret TacOps teams break into homes, offices, and embassies to plant bugging devices without getting caught and shot as burglars. The narrative culminates with the inside story of the FBI’s involvement in the raid on bin Laden’s compound. In November 2012, Kessler broke the story that an FBI investigation led to the resignation of David H. Petraeus as CIA director.


Since publication of his New York Times bestselling book In the President’s Secret Service, Kessler has continued to penetrate the wall of secrecy that surrounds the U.S. Secret Service, breaking the story that Secret Service agents who were to protect President Obama hired prostitutes in Cartagena, Colombia and revealing that the Secret Service allowed a third uninvited guest to crash a White House state dinner.


Kessler writes Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, and Politico opinion pierces, including Surveillance: An American Success Story and The Real Joe McCarthy, which attacked efforts by some conservative writers to vindicate the late Sen. Joseph McCarthy.