Strengthening Constitutional Self-Government

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David Broder

Columnist, The Washington Post

Major Issues Lecture Series

Topic: Politics for the New Century

Monday, December 16, 1996

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. The column, syndicated by The Washington Post Writers Group, is carried by more than 300 newspapers across the globe.

Broder was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in May 1973 for distinguished commentary. He has been named “Best Newspaper Political Reporter” by Washington Journalism Review. A survey for Washingtonian magazine found that Broder was rated “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.”

In 1990, a survey by Washingtonian magazine of the opinion page editors of the largest 200 newspapers rated Broder as “Best Reporter,” “Hardest Working” and “Least Ideological” among some 123 columnists

Broder has won numerous awards, including the White Burkett Miller Presidential Award in 1989, and the prestigious Fourth Estate Award from the National Press Foundation in 1990, which honored him with the Distinguished Contributions to Journalism Award in 1993. He was elected to Sigma Delta Chi’s Hall of Fame.

Before joining the Post in 1966, Broder covered national politics for the New York Times, The Washington Star and Congressional Quarterly. 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, including The System: The American Way of Politics at the Breaking Point (1996); The Man Who Would be President: Dan Quayle (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, Illinois, Broder 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 at 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 Ann, have four grown sons and reside in Arlington, Virginia.

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