David S. Broder, a national political correspondent reporting the on-going political scene for the Washington Post, also writes a twice-weekly column that covers an even broader aspect of American political life. The column, syndicated by the Washington Post Writers Group, is carried by more than 300 newspapers across the nation.

Broder was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in May 1973 for “distinguished commentary.” He was named “Best Newspaper Political Reporter” by Washington Journalism Review in 1985. A 1981 survey for Washingtonian magazine found Broder was rated as “Washington’s most highly regarded columnist” by both editorial-page editors and members of Congress, leading 16 others in ratings for “overall integrity, factual accuracy and insight.” An earlier American University survey of the Washington press corps concluded, “David Broder’s integrity and hard work have led him to be anointed the unofficial ‘chairman of the board’ by national political writers. ....He heads an elite clan whose articles are carefully watched by the public, politicians and, most important, other reporters.”

Before joining the national reporting staff of the Post in 1966, Broder covered national politics for the New York Times (1956-66), for The Washington Star (1960-65) and for Congressional Quarterly (1955-60).

He has covered every national campaign and convention since 1960, traveling up to 100,000 miles a year to interview voters and report on the candidates.

He is author of the Behind the Front Page: A Candid Look at How the News is Made (Simon & Schuster, 1987). Changing the Guard: Power and Leadership in America, published by Simon & Schuster in 1980 and in Penguin paperback in 1981, discusses the rise of the new generation of leaders in American Politics. He also is the author of The Party’s Over: The Failure of Politics in America, published by Harper and Row in 1972, and co-author, with Stephen Hess, of The Republican Establishment: The Present and Future of the G.O.P., published by Harper & Row in 1967.

Broder was born in Chicago Heights, Ill., in 1929. He received his bachelor’s degree and an M.A. in political science from the University of Chicago, served two years in the U.S. Army, and began his newspaper career on the Bloomington (Ill.) Pantagraph. He has been a Fellow of the Institute of Politics of the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and a Fellow of the Institute of Policy Sciences and Public Affairs at Duke University.

Broder and his wife (the former Ann Creighton Collar) have four grown sons and make their home in Arlington, VA.



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