David Maraniss was born August 6, 1949
in Detroit, Michigan and lived in several cities during his early childhood,
including Detroit, Cleveland, New York, and Bettendorf, Iowa.
was eight, his family settled in Madison, Wisconsin where he lived for the rest
of his school years, attending Madison West High and the University of
Wisconsin. His journalism career began in college when he covered high school
sports and student antiwar protests for the Madison Capital Times. He turned to
radio in 1972 covering City Hall for WIBA, and was named Newsman of the Year by
the Madison Press Club a year later. In 1975, he moved to Trenton, New Jersey
where he covered state and national politics for the Trenton Times. In 1976, he
won two New Jersey Press Association first prize awards for column writing and
coverage of a prison riot.
Maraniss began his career at The Washington
Post in 1977. He covered Maryland politics for two years then became Maryland
editor, deputy Metro editor and Metro editor. In 1983, he returned to reporting
and won The Newspaper Guild Front Page Award for 'The Committee', a year-long
series on the House Energy and Commerce Committee. He moved to Austin, Texas in
1985 and served as the Post's Southwest Bureau Chief for seven years covering
the region as well as national politics and sociology. In 1989, Maraniss and
Rick Atkinson were awarded the Hancock Prize for 'The $150 Billion
Catastrophe', their series on the savings and loan scandal. In 1990 Maraniss
won The Gold Medal of the National Conference of Christians and Jews for 'Hard
Choices in Black and White', his series on integration in American
Maraniss moved back to Washington in 1993. For his
articles on Bill Clinton during the 1992 presidential campaign, he won the 1993
Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting. He is the author of First in His
Class: A Biography of Bill Clinton, Tell Newt To Shut Up (with
Michael Weisskopf), The Clinton Enigma and When Pride Still Mattered
: A Life of Vince Lombardi.
He is currently writer-at-large on the
national staff the Washington Post. He lives in Washington, DC with his wife
Linda. They have two grown children.
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