Lisa McCubbin is an award-winning journalist and #1 New York Times best selling author. McCubbin collaborated with Secret Service agent Clint Hill to write his poignant and powerful memoirs: Mrs. Kennedy and Me, Five Days in November, and Five Presidents: My Extraordinary Journey with Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, and Ford. She is widely respected within the U.S. Secret Service for her responsible and accurate writing about this highly secretive agency.
A graduate of Babson College, she has been a television news anchor and reporter, hosted her own radio talk show, and spent six years in the Middle East as a freelance journalist.
In 2009, Gerald Blaine—a longtime family friend—contacted her and asked if she would help him write a book about his time in the Secret Service. Their collaboration, The Kennedy Detail: JFK’s Secret Service Agents Break Their Silence (Gallery/Simon & Schuster, 2010) became a New York Times bestseller and was the basis for the Emmy-nominated Discovery channel documentary, The Kennedy Detail.
During the writing of The Kennedy Detail, Lisa McCubbin met retired Secret Service agent Clint Hill, and subsequently they have collaborated on three additional books, based on Hill’s remarkable career. Hill, who had vowed he would never write a book, and had spent many years in seclusion, has found the process to be cathartic. He credits Lisa McCubbin for bringing him out of his “dungeon, where he languished for years in [his] emotional prison” and for helping him “find a reason to live, not just exist.”
Since 2010, Lisa has been an invited guest at the annual conference of the Association of Former Agents of the U.S. Secret Service (AFAUSSS). Having met and interviewed hundreds of former and current agents, Lisa has a deep admiration for the men and women who sacrifice so much to protect the Office of the President.
The proud mother of two sons, Lisa McCubbin currently resides in the San Francisco Bay area.