Paul Simon Public Policy Institute Has Chosen A New Leader

Nov 28, 2017

The Paul Simon Public Policy Institute may soon have a new leader.

Journalist and author John Shaw will take over as the next director if approved by the SIU Board of Trustees.

Shaw, a 26-year veteran congressional reporter with Market News International, covered political and economic issues for the global news service. He has been a contributing writer for the monthly magazine The Washington Diplomat for the past 20 years. He has also been a congressional analyst for media outlets including C-SPAN, ABC's "20/20," "The PBS Newshour," and SkyNews Australia.

Shaw is the author of five books including “Richard G. Lugar: Statesman of the Senate” and “JFK in the Senate: Pathway to the Presidency.” His latest book, “Rising Star, Setting Sun: Eisenhower, Kennedy and the Presidential Transition that Shaped America,” will be published by Pegasus Books in the spring of 2018. 

Shaw’s experience also includes working for The Wall Street Journal Europe in Brussels and creating a weekly on-air congressional segment for KPCC/Southern California Public Radio, one of the nation’s largest NPR affiliates. He has been a five-time Hoover Institution Media Fellow at Stanford University. Shaw began his career as a Governor’s Executive Fellow for Illinois Gov. James R. Thompson. During his one-year fellowship in Springfield, he worked on projects in the governor’s budget, program and personnel offices.

A native of Peoria, Shaw earned his bachelor's degree in political science from Knox College in Galesburg. He earned his master's degree in history from the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia and did graduate work in international relations at The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies.

Shaw will replace David Yepsen, who retired in October 2016. Jak Tichenor has been serving as interim director.

If approved, Shaw will begin his duties on January 16th.