Jeffrey Zaslow

Jeffrey Zaslow

Through his Wall Street Journal column and bestselling books, Jeffrey Zaslow has told the stories of some of the most inspirational people of our time.

Jeff is best known for The Last Lecture, written with Randy Pausch, which has been translated into 48 languages, and was #1 on best-seller lists worldwide. Five million copies have been sold in English alone, and the book remained on The New York Times best-seller list for more than 112 weeks.

Jeff's latest book, The Magic Room: A story about the love we wish for our daughters, was published in January 2012. The nonfiction narrative is set at a small-town Michigan bridal shop, and looks at the lives of a handful of brides (and their parents) who've journeyed to the store's "Magic Room." Details at

In 2011, Jeff collaborated with Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and her husband, veteran astronaut Mark Kelly, on their memoir, GABBY: A Story of Courage and Hope. The book received a great deal of attention, including a cover story in People magazine, and an hour-long ABC TV special hosted by Diane Sawyer. GABBY debuted near the top of the New York Times bestseller lists for both hardcovers and e-books.

Jeff's 2009 book about female friendship, The Girls From Ames, spent 26 weeks on The Times list, rising to #3. People magazine named it one of the "Ten Best Books of the Year." Lifetime Television is adapting the book for a movie.

Also in 2009, Jeff coauthored Highest Duty, the memoir of Capt. "Sully" Sullenberger, who famously landed US Airways Flight 1549 in the Hudson River. Highest Duty debuted at # 3 on The New York Times list.

Jeff's Wall Street Journal column focuses on life transitions and often attracts wide media interest. That was certainly the case in September 2007, after he attended the final lecture of Carnegie Mellon Professor Randy Pausch. Jeff's column about the talk sparked a worldwide phenomenon. Millions of people viewed footage of the lecture. Intense media coverage included The Oprah Winfrey Show and an ABC special.

Jeff is drawn to the topics he writes about because he has created a beat unlike most others in journalism. While The Wall Street Journal covers the heart of the financial world, Jeff tends to the hearts of its readers.

The National Society of Newspaper Columnists twice named him the best columnist in a newspaper with more than 100,000 circulation. In 2008, he received the Distinguished Column Writing Award from the New York Newspaper Publishers Association.

Jeff's TV appearances have included The Tonight Show, Oprah, Larry King Live, 60 Minutes, The Today Show and Good Morning America.

Jeff first worked at the Journal from 1983 to 1987, when he wrote about a competition to replace Ann Landers at the Chicago Sun-Times. He entered to get an angle for his story, and won the job over 12,000 applicants. He worked at the Sun-Times from 1987 to 2001, and was also a columnist for USA Weekend, the Sunday supplement in 510 newspapers.

In 2000, Jeff received the Will Rogers Humanitarian Award for using his column to help 47,000 disadvantaged children. For 12 years, he hosted an annual singles party for charity, Zazz Bash, which drew 7,000 readers a year and resulted in 78 marriages.

A Philadelphia native, Jeff is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon, where he majored in creative writing. His wife, Sherry Margolis, is a TV news anchor with Fox 2 in Detroit. They have three daughters: Jordan, Alex and Eden.

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Best Sellers

    • The Last Lecture

    • By: Randy Pausch, Jeffrey Zaslow
    • Narrated by: Erik Singer, Randy Pausch
    • Length: 4 hrs and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,861
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,116
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,118

    When Randy Pausch, a computer science professor, was asked to give such a lecture, he didn't have to imagine it as his last, since he had recently been diagnosed with cancer....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • How to Live

    • By Kelli G on 04-21-08

    Regular price: $15.96

    • Highest Duty

    • My Search for What Really Mattered
    • By: Chesley B. Sullenberger, Jeffrey Zaslow
    • Narrated by: Michael McConnohie, Chesley B. Sullenberger
    • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 377
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 312
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 311

    Captain "Sully" Sullenberger tells his life story and talks about the essential qualities that he believes have been so vital to his success....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A life time of preperation

    • By Robert on 11-21-09

    Regular price: $30.79

    • Last Lecture. Die Lehren meines Lebens

    • By: Randy Pausch
    • Narrated by: Joachim Schönfeld
    • Length: 5 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 1
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      3 out of 5 stars 1

    Randy Pausch hält im September 2007 seine "Last Lecture". Er weiß, dass er unheilbar krank ist und in wenigen Monaten sterben wird...

    Regular price: $8.91

    • Gabby

    • A Story of Courage and Hope
    • By: Gabrielle Giffords, Mark Kelly
    • Narrated by: Mark Kelly, Jeffrey Zaslow
    • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 100
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 85
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 87

    From one of the most admired and beloved couples in recent American history, an extraordinarily moving story of public service, risk-taking, romance - and the journey toward recovery....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • AMAZING!

    • By RW on 11-20-11

    Regular price: $27.99

    • The Girls from Ames

    • By: Jeffrey Zaslow
    • Narrated by: Andrea Gallo
    • Length: 12 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 92
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 36
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 36

    Best-selling author Jeffrey Zaslow turns his eye to a group of 11 friends who grew up in Ames, Iowa, during the 1960s, a period of unprecedented opportunity for women....

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Just No

    • By Carolyn on 07-19-09

    Regular price: $20.72

    • The Magic Room

    • A Story About the Love We Wish for Our Daughters
    • By: Jeffrey Zaslow
    • Narrated by: Sandra Burr, Jeffrey Zaslow
    • Length: 10 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 14
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 12
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 12

    Thousands of women have stepped inside Becker’s Bridal in Fowler, Michigan, to try on their dream dresses in the Magic Room, a special space with soft lighting....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Good stroy

    • By Gail E. Leeds on 09-03-12

    Regular price: $29.99

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