National Political Correspondent, The Washington Post

David Broder

About the Speaker

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

Before joining the Post in 1966, Broder covered national politics for The New York Times (1965-66), The Washington Star (1960-65), and 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.

Broder is a regular commentator on CNN's Inside Politics, and makes regular appearances on NBC's Meet The Press and Washington Week in Review.

He is author or co-author of six books: The System: The American Way of Politics at the Breaking Point with Haynes Johnson (1996), The Man Who Would Be President: Dan Quayle with Bob Woodward (1992), Behind the Front Page: A Candid Look at How the News is Made (1987), Changing of the Guard: Power and Leadership in America (1980), The Party's Over: The Failure of Politics in America (1972), and The Republican Establishment: The Present and Future of the GOP (1967).

Born in Chicago Heights, Broder received his B.A. 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 at the Bloomington, Illinois Pantagraph. He has been a fellow of the Institute of Politics of the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard and a fellow of the Institute of Policy Sciences and Public Affairs at Duke University.

He has received many awards for his work, including the Pulitzer Prize in May 1973 for distinguished commentary, the White Burkett Miller Presidential Award in 1989, and the prestigious 4th Estate Award from the National Press Foundation in 1990, which also honored him with the Distinguished Contributions to Journalism Award in 1993. He received the Elijah Parrish Lovejoy Award from Colby College in 1990, and was elected to Sigma Delta Chi's Hall of Fame. In addition, he won the 1997 William Allen White Foundation's award for distinguished achievement in journalism, and, that same year, was given the National Society of Newspaper Columnists Lifetime Achievement Award. Also, in that same year, he was named one of the 25 most influential Washington journalists by National Journal and one of the capital city's top 50 journalists by the Washingtonian magazine, a list he has appeared on since 1973. Additionally, he has been named ""Best Newspaper Political Reporter"" by Washington Journalism Review.