Nina Easton is an award-winning author, writer, TV commentator, and entrepreneur. Her three decades in the news media spanned Fortune Magazine, the Los Angeles Times, and the Boston Globe–as well as appearances on prominent Sunday news shows such as “Meet the Press” and “Face the Nation.” As a primetime Fox News political analyst for more than a decade, she regularly provided primetime commentary on U.S. politics, foreign affairs, and the economy.
In 2016, Nina opened a new chapter in her life by launching a start-up built on her decades-long experience interviewing and profiling top leaders and personalities. SellersEaston Media is dedicated to capturing and preserving the legacies of leaders in business, the arts, philanthropy, and public service.
Nina is chair of Fortune Most Powerful Women International–hosting events in the US, Asia, and Europe. And she co-chairs the Fortune Global Forum, bringing together Fortune 500 CEOs from around the world, most recently to the Vatican, Rome (2016) and Guangzhou, China (2017). At the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), she hosts the global affairs series “Smart Women, Smart Power,” bringing world leaders and diplomats to the stage for insightful interviews.
Nina is an accomplished author of political history. Her critically-acclaimed account of modern conservatism, Gang of Five, ranks on the Vox list of “books to read to understand the world.” She is co-author of John F. Kerry: A Complete Biography, as well as Reagan’s Ruling Class, a Washington best-seller profiling the top 100 officials in that administration.
In 2012, she served as a fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School, teaching a seminar on the presidential election and conducting in-depth research on economic inequality, which became a Fortune magazine cover story. Her columns in Fortune received national awards, as did her feature stories during a decade-long tenure at the Los Angeles Times.
Nina grew up in California and is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of U.C. Berkeley.
For more than a decade, when the election returns rolled in, Nina Easton was on-air to explain. She has covered scores of political conventions and elections on prime-time TV, providing analysis as the news unfolded. In addition to being a member of the “all-star panel” on FOX News Special Report and FOX News Sunday, Easton has provided political commentary on NBC’s Meet the Press, CBS’s Face the Nation, ABC’s This Week, and many more. Her Fortune columns and in-depth features for both Fortune and The Los Angeles Times Sunday Magazine have garnered numerous top awards. Easton literally “wrote the book” on the rise of today’s conservative movement, with her critically acclaimed Simon & Schuster book Gang of Five: Leaders at the Center of the Conservative Ascendancy. During the 2004 presidential race, she co-authored a biography of Democratic nominee John Kerry and, as The Boston Globe’s deputy bureau chief in Washington, helped shape that paper’s political coverage. In 2012, she was appointed a fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School, where she taught a seminar on the U.S. economy and that year’s presidential election, interviewing top speakers from both sides of the aisle.
Nina Easton deploys her considerable stage presence and breadth of knowledge to produce dynamic conferences, panels, and one-on-one interviews. As chair of Fortune Most Powerful Women International and co-chair of the Fortune Global Forum, she has interviewed the globe’s leading CEO’s, entrepreneurs and politicians. Whether it’s the IMF managing director, a U.S. Secretary of State, the CEO of Hewlitt-Packard, or the inventor of the personal computer, Easton has demonstrated extraordinary skill at bringing out the best in her interview subjects. She regularly emcees multi-day conferences for Fortune and for leading industry associations, working with organizers in advance to ensure a lively and enlightening stage production that leaves audiences wanting more. She believes strongly in advance planning and research, which is why she has built a reputation for mastering subjects ranging from energy to insurance to housing before she gets on the stage.
At industry events and as chair of Fortune Most Powerful Women International and co-chair of the Fortune Global Forum, Nina Easton has interviewed the world’s leading CEO’s, entrepreneurs and politicians. But often the best stories for industry audiences can be found inside their own walls. Top executives have enormous inspiration to offer¾from the riveting history of a company to leadership lessons from those who built it. Too often, company leaders retire and the story of the grit and determination they applied to produce a thriving business is lost to the next generation. With her unparalleled interview skills, and dogged pre-research, Easton unlocks those stories on stage to inspire employees and future generations.
The research is in, and the results conclusive: Women are a force for prosperity. When women are included in economies, growth happens. As chair of Fortune Most Powerful Women International, and host of the “Smart Women, Smart Power” series at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Nina Easton is ideal positioned to discuss women as economic engines, contributing to GDP—and thereby poverty reduction for all. She shows why investment in girls’ education is the highest-return investment available in the developing world—a fact that both smart foreign aid and corporations are discovering. As a Fortune columnist, has written about this trend from places like Dubai, and has addressed the Nobel Peace Prize Forum and others on the topic. She interviewed the Secretary of State on-stage, in front of world leaders and top CEO’s, at the 2011 APEC Summit.