Michael Barone is a senior writer for U.S. News & World Report. Barone grew up in Detroit and Birmingham, Michigan. He graduated from Harvard College (1966) and Yale Law School (1969), and was editor of the Harvard Crimson and the Yale Law Journal.
Mr. Barone served as law clerk to Judge Wade H. McCree, Jr., of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit from 1969 to 1971. From 1974 to 1981, he was a vice president of the polling firm of Peter D. Hart Research Associates. From 1981 to 1988, he was a member of the editorial page staff of the Washington Post. From 1989 to 1996, and again from 1998 to present, he has been a senior writer with U.S. News & World Report. From 1996 to 1998, he was a senior staff editor at Reader’s Digest.
Mr. Barone is the principal co-author of The Almanac of American Politics, published by National Journal every two years. The first edition appeared in 1971, and the 15th edition, The Almanac of American Politics 2000, appeared in July 1999. He is also the author of Our Country: The Shaping of America from Roosevelt to Reagan (Free Press, 1990). His essays have appeared in several other books, including Our Harvard and Beyond the Godfather. Over the years he has written for many publications, including the Economist, the New York Times, the Detroit News, the Detroit Free Press, the Weekly Standard, the New Republic, National Review, the American Spectator, American Enterprise, the Times Literary Supplement, the Daily Telegraph of London, and the Italian publication Libro Aperto.
Mr. Barone is a regular panelist for the McLaughlin Group, and has appeared on many other television programs and networks, including the Fox News Channel, MSNBC, CNBC, CNN, Meet the Press, This Week, Today, Good Morning America, Hardball, Crossfire, the British Broadcasting Company, ITN of Britain, the Canadian Broadcasting Company and the Australian Broadcasting Company.
Mr. Barone lives in Washington, DC. He has traveled to all 50 states and all 435 congressional districts. He has also traveled to 37 foreign countries and has reported on the most recent elections in Mexico, Italy, Russia, and Britain.