Staff Bios

Publisher

Diane Straus Tucker

Diane Straus Tucker is the Publisher of the Washington Monthly.  She joined the Monthly in 2008.  For three decades Diane has worked on the business side of publishing, most recently as President and Publisher of The American Prospect. She had been Group Publisher of Manhattan Media, which publishes weekly community newspapers in Manhattan as well as Avenue Magazine.  Earlier in her career she was Publisher of the Westchester and Fairfield County Times, Trader Publications, and the Cranford Citizen and Chronicle.  Before migrating to the business side she was an Editor at New York Magazine and the Village Voice.

Diane grew up in New York and Washington, DC, where her family was active in liberal politics and radio.  She graduated from Yale in 1973 in the first class of women.  She established the first women’s varsity at Yale, in tennis, and was its captain all four years.

Diane has won 15 national platform tennis championships, including the Mixed 50’s in 2009 and 2010, and was inducted into the Platform Tennis Hall of Fame.

Diane is currently on the Board of the NAACP’s Crisis Magazine and is past Board Chair of the Yale Alumni Magazine.  The mother of three grown children, she resides in Washington, DC.

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Editor in Chief

Paul Glastris

Paul Glastris is the editor in chief of the Washington Monthly.

From September 1998 to January, 2001, he was special assistant and senior speechwriter to President Bill Clinton. He wrote over 200 speeches for the president, on subjects ranging from education to health care to the budget. He co-wrote the president's address to the Democratic convention in Los Angeles in August 2000, and contributed to his 1999 and 2000 State of the Union addresses. In November 1999, Glastris traveled with Clinton to Turkey and Greece and wrote the president's landmark address to the Greek people. Glastris was co-creator of the president's "DC Reads this Summer" program, which has put over 1,000 federal employees as volunteer reading tutors in Washington, D.C., public schools. He also promoted several administration policy initiatives, including a new food stamp rule that allows the working poor to own cars.

Before joining the White House, Glastris spent 10 years as a correspondent and editor at U.S. News & World Report. There, he conceived of and edited two end-of-the-year issues consisting of "solution-oriented" journalism in 1997 and 1998. As Bureau Chief in Berlin, Germany (1995-1996), he covered the former Yugoslavia during the final months of the Bosnian War and wrote stories from Germany, Russia, Greece, and Turkey. Prior to that, he covered the Midwest from the magazine's Chicago bureau during two presidential campaigns, the Mississippi floods of 1993, and the rise of the Michigan Militia. He produced profiles of Midwest mayors, governors and other personalities, from Jesse Jackson to then-presidential candidate Bill Clinton. From 1985 to 1986, Glastris was an editor of the Washington Monthly.

Glastris has written for the New York Times, the Washington Post, The New Republic, Slate and other publications. He has been a guest on the Colbert Report, NPR’s Talk of the Nation and the Diane Rehm Show, and is a frequent commentator for the BBC.

He holds a bachelor's degree in history and a masters in radio, TV, and film from Northwestern University. He is married to Kukula Kapoor Glastris, books editor of the Washington Monthly. They live in Bethesda, Md., with their two children, Hope and Adam.

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Founding Editor

Charles Peters

Charles Peters is the Founding Editor of Washington Monthly

Charles Peters, founder and former editor-in-chief of the Washington Monthly, was inducted into the American Society of Magazine Editors' (ASME) Hall of Fame on May 2, 2001.

"Charlie Peters rewrote the rules for political coverage, and his influence is felt throughout American magazines," said Cyndi Stivers, past president of ASME and editor-in-chief of the Columbia Journalism Review. "The only thing more impressive than the tough standards he has set for himself and his magazine is the list of writers and editors he has mentored."

In the 32 years since he launched the Washington Monthly, Charles Peters has epitomized the crusading, public-spirited editor envisioned by the nation's founders as a bulwark of democracy. Working on a shoestring budget and minuscule salaries for himself and his skeletal staff, Peters created a small but extraordinarily influential political magazine that has changed the policy debate in Washington and spawned a generation of talented journalists such as Jonathan Alter, James Fallows, and Michael Kinsley, who now occupy top positions at most major newspapers and newsmagazines.

Rejecting the shibboleths of both left and right, Peters established a set of principles for his magazine--for instance, refusing to accept cigarette advertising--that he has stuck to at great cost to his bottom line. Every month, he combines seriousness of purpose in explaining the foibles of politics and government with a sense of fun and adventure in the reporting of public affairs. With few resources, Peters has consistently been months, even years, ahead of the mainstream press in covering stories of government and corporate abuse. And he insists on an analytical rigor and aversion to conventional and ideologically rigid thinking that has shaped the world view of countless political reporters, not to mention his astonishingly loyal readers.

Peters helped pioneer what is sometimes called "explanatory" journalism, which combines incisive reporting with pointed analysis. Because he worked in theater, advertising, law, politics and the federal government before coming to journalism, Peters brings a unique perspective to his "Tilting at Windmills" column and to every story he edits. His trademark blend of liberalism and conservatism--called "the gospel" by his many acolytes--and volcanic and eccentric editing sessions (called "raindances")--have made him a legend in Washington, where he has worked behind the scenes to improve the system. But unlike many powerful editors, Peters never pulls punches or adopts trendy ideas. Instead, he routinely afflicts the powerful, rejects the fashionable and embodies the finest traditions of the small magazine press.

During his tenure as the Monthly's editor, Peters has accrued numerous journalistic and literary credits and awards of his own. In addition to Tilting at Windmills, he authored How Washington Really Works and co-authored Blowing the Whistle: Dissent in the Public Interest, Inside the System, and A New Road for America: The Neoliberal Movement. Peters has also written for The New York Times, The New Republic, Harper's Magazine and The Washington Post, among others. He has appeared on numerous TV shows, such as NBC's "Today Show," "Donahue," "CBS This Morning," "Ted Koppel's Nightline," and "Larry King Live."

Most recently, Peters was the recipient of the first Richard M. Clurman Award for his work with young journalists. He also received the Columbia Journalism Award in 1978. Last November, Brill's Content included Peters in its "Influence List 2000."

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Vice President, Operations & Marketing

Carl Iseli

Carl Iseli is Washington Monthly's Vice President, Operations & Marketing

Carl has been involved with business, marketing and digital development for nearly four decades. He has been the vice president of Ray Enterprises, an import firm; advertising and marketing director for Ritz Camera, a national retail chain; vice president, digital technologies for Ritz Camera; president of the Digital Imaging Marketing Association, a trade group; and president of Creative Images Inc., an advertising, marketing and business consulting firm.

Actively involved in motor sports for more than forty years, Carl is a former Sports Car Club of America licensed racecar driver and currently an instructor/coach in high performance driving for Ferrari of America, Bill Scott Racing, and other organizations.

Carl has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Maryland and is a U.S. Navy veteran. Carl has two grown sons, and an extraordinary grandson. He resides with his wife in Silver Spring, Maryland.

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Vice President, Vice President, Circulation & Business

Claire Iseli

Claire Iseli is Washington Monthly's Vice President, Circulation & Business

Claire's background in magazine management and book promotion includes 19 years as Director of Circulation, Advertising, and Business Management for The American Scholar, a journal published by the Phi Beta Kappa Society. Prior to that, Claire worked as marketing manager for the National Academy Press, the publishing arm of the National Academy of Sciences/National Academy of Engineering/Institute of Medicine. Claire has a bachelor's degree in business administration from American University.

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Business Manager

Ambi Ambachew

Ambi Ambachew is the Washington Monthly's business manager.

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Senior Editor

Phillip Longman

Phillip Longman is the senior editor of the Washington Monthly. He is also a Senior Research Fellow with the New America Foundation and a lecturer at Johns Hopkins, where he teaches health care policy.

His work has appeared in such publications as The Atlantic Monthly, The Financial Times, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, Harvard Business Review, The New Republic, The New Statesman, The New York Times Magazine, Politica Exterior, Der Spiegel, and World Politics Review.

His work on health care includes Best Care Anywhere, recently updated with a third edition. The book, based on a 2005 cover story for the Washington Monthly, chronicles the quality transformation of the Veterans Health Administration and applies its lessons for reforming the U.S. health care system as a whole.

Longman has spoken widely on this subject in popular and academic forums, including National Public Radio and MS-NBC, the Wharton School of Business, Yale School of Management, The National Convention of the American Legion, Physicians for an National Health Program, The Open Source Convention, The National Association of Veterans Research and Education Foundations, and at numerous VA facilities around the country.

Mr. Longman has also written frequently on the issue of global aging and its relationship to the spread of sub-replacement fertility in both the developed and developing world. Following publication of his 2004 book, The Empty Cradle, he has spoken widely on the subject, including in advisory roles with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the U.S. Naval War College, the Japan Foundation, and the governments of India and the Russian Federation.

Formerly a senior writer and deputy assistant managing editor at U.S. News & World Report, he has won numerous awards for his business and financial writing, including UCLA's Gerald Loeb Award, and the top prize for investigative journalism from Investigative Reporters and Editors. He is a graduate of Oberlin College, and was also a Knight-Bagehot Fellow at Columbia University.

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Editor

Haley Sweetland Edwards

Haley Sweetland Edwards is an editor at the Washington Monthly. Previously, she reported from the Middle East and the South Caucasus for the Los Angeles Times, The Atlantic, The New Republic, Foreign Policy and other publications. She began her career as a reporter at the Seattle Times, and is a graduate of Yale University and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

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Editor, Special Projects

Anne Kim

Anne Kim is editor, special projects at the Washington Monthly, and a Senior Fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute (PPI).

Before joining the Monthly, Kim was Senior Policy Strategist at the Corporation for Enterprise Development. She has also served as PPI’s Managing Director for Policy and Strategy, as the Director of the Economic and Social Policy and Politics Programs at Third Way, and as the Deputy Chief of Staff and Legislative Director for Rep. Jim Cooper (D-Tenn.). She has published widely on economic and domestic policy, and her work has appeared in such venues as the Monthly, U.S. News and World Report, Politico, CQ/Roll Call and the Wall Street Journal. She has appeared on CNBC, Fox and CNN.

Kim is a graduate of the Duke University School of Law and the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Journalism. Before turning to public policy, Anne worked as a lawyer in private practice in Washington, DC and New York.

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Contributing Writer

Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore is the principal writer for the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog. He is also managing editor for The Democratic Strategist, a political analysis website; a special correspondent for The New Republic; and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute.

Kilgore was a federal-state liaison and speechwriter for three governors of Georgia, and also communications director and legislative counsel for U.S. Senator Sam Nunn. From 1995 until 2006, Kilgore worked for the Democratic Leadership Council and the Progressive Policy Institute, serving as DLC political director and policy director, and eventually vice president for Policy. He was also on the editorial board of New Democrat and Blueprint magazines, and was responsible for the DLC-sponsored New Donkey blog. He has served on the script and speechwriting staff of the last six Democratic National Conventions.

Kilgore has appeared on a variety of radio and television shows (including frequent guest spots on Public Radio International’s “To the Point” and “Left, Right and Center”), and has had articles published by The American Prospect, The Atlantic, Salon, The Daily Beast, and the Huffington Post. He is a graduate of Emory University and of the University of Georgia School of Law.

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Web Editors

Daniel Luzer

Daniel Luzer is a Washington Monthly Web editor. He previously worked as an editorial fellow at Mother Jones and as a research associate at the Alliance for Excellent Education. His work has appeared in Mother Jones, the Huffington Post and the online version of Columbia Journalism Review, among other publications. He is a graduate of Cornell University and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

(It's pronounced Loot-zer.)

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Ryan Cooper

Ryan Cooper is a Washington Monthly Web editor. He served as a Peace Corps volunteer from 2009-2011 in South Africa, and is a graduate of Reed College.

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Contributing Editors

Jonathan Alter

Jonathan Alter graduated from Harvard in 1979, was an editor of the Washington Monthly from 1981 to 1982, and remains a contributing editor. He joined Newsweek in 1983, where he was a senior editor and columnist for 28 years. He joined NBC News as a contributing correspondent in 1996 and appears frequently on the "Today" show, NBC Nightly News, and MSNBC. He is the author of two bestselling books: The Defining Moment: FDR's Hundred Days and the Triumph of Hope, and The Promise: President Obama, Year One. He is married, has three children, and lives in Montclair, New Jersey.

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Steve Benen

Steve Benen is an MSNBC contributor, and a producer for The Rachel Maddow Show. He wrote the Washington Monthly's Political Animal from 2008 to 2012. His background includes publishing The Carpetbagger Report, and writing for a variety of publications, including Talking Points Memo, The American Prospect, the Huffington Post, and The Guardian. He has also appeared on NPR's "Talk of the Nation," Air America Radio's "Sam Seder Show," and XM Radio's "POTUS '08."

Steve received his Master's degree from the George Washington University in 1996, and has written for Democratic candidates nationwide. He lives in Vermont with his wife.

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James Bennet

James Bennet has been the editor-in-chief of The Atlantic since 2006. Prior to joining The Atlantic, he was the Jerusalem bureau chief for The New York Times. He was a Washington Monthly editor from 1989 to 1991.

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Thomas N. Bethell

Thomas N. Bethell was an editor at the Washington Monthly from 1979 to 1980. A former Research Director for the United Mine Workers, he has written extensively about the mining industry and labor relations. He has also worked for The Century Foundation. He has co-authored two books: Straight Talk about Social Security: An Analysis of the Issues in the Current Debate (The Century Foundation, 1998) and Design Theory, Vol. 2 (Cambridge University Press, 2000).

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Tom Bethell

Tom Bethell worked at the Washington Monthly as an editor from 1975 to 1977. Educated at Oxford, he worked for Harper's Magazine and now writes a monthly column for the American Spectator. Bethell has written several books, including The Noblest Triumph: Property and Prosperity Through the Ages (St. Martin's Press, 1999).

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Katherine Boo

Katherine Boo was an editor at the Monthly from 1991 to 1992. A D.C. native, she worked for the Washington Post from 1994 where she received a Pulitzer Prize for her story "Invisible Deaths: The Fatal Neglect of D.C.'s Retarded." Since 2003, she has been a staff writer at the New Yorker, and a MacArthur Fellow since 2002.

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Taylor Branch

Taylor Branch was an editor of the Washington Monthly from 1970 to 1973. He is the author of Pillar of Fire: America in the King years, 1963-1965 (Simon and Schuster, 1999). He received a Pulitzer Prize for his book Parting The Waters (Simon and Schuster, 1989).His most recent article for the Washington Monthly is: "Robert Kennedy, Good and Bad."

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Nick Confessore

Nicholas Confessore is a political reporter at The New York Times. He is focusing on the rapidly evolving world of political fundraising and campaign finance. Previously, he wrote about New York state politics and government for the Metropolitan Desk. He has also worked in the Brooklyn and City Hall bureaus of The Times.

Before joining The Times in 2004, Confessore was an editor at the Washington Monthly and a contributor to The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic Monthly, and Rolling Stone, among other publications. He began his career as a staff writer at The American Prospect. In 2003, Confessore won the Livingston Award for national reporting. He was part of a team of reporters whose coverage of the downfall of New York governor Eliot Spitzer won the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for breaking news reporting and the Sigma Delta Chi award for deadline reporting from the Society of Professional Journalists. Confessore grew up in New York City and graduated from Princeton University.

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Matthew Cooper

Matthew Cooper is the Managing Editor of White House coverage for National Journal. He has covered the White House for The New Republic, U.S. News & World Report, Newsweek, and Time. He also served as deputy Washington Bureau Chief for both Time and Newsweek, and as Politics Editor for Time.com. He has also been an editor at The New Republic, Conde Nast Portfolio, Politics Correspondent for TheAtlantic.com, and Editor-at-Large for Talking Points Memo. He is a graduate of Columbia University. In 1998, he was named "Washington's Funniest Celebrity." He was editor of the Washington Monthly from 1987 to 1989.

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Michelle Cottle

Michelle Cottle was an editor at the Washington Monthly from 1996 to 1998, and was a senior editor at The New Republic until 2010. Currently, she is a Washington Reporter for The Daily Beast. Her most recent article for the Monthly is "Love Potion #9.1 Viagra is just the latest weapon in America's battle with Mother Nature."

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Kevin Drum

Kevin Drum is the political blogger at Mother Jones. Prior to joining Mother Jones, he wrote the Washington Monthly's Political Animal from 2004 to 2008. He was a blogosphere pioneer when, after a stint in marketing, he went online as Calpundit in 2003. He lives with his wife and two cats in Irvine, California.

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Gregg Easterbrook

Gregg Easterbrook is a columnist at Reuters, as well as a contributing editor of the Washington Monthly, The Atlantic, and The New Republic. He was a visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution until 2009. His most recent book is Sonic Boom (Random House, 2011). Other books include The Progress Paradox (Random House, 2004), A Moment on the Earth (Penguin, 1996) and Beside Still Waters (Quill, 1999). He is married to Nan Kennelly, a U.S. diplomat. They have three children and live in Maryland.

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John Eisendrath

John Eisendrath is a television writer and producer. He both wrote and produced Beverly Hills, 90210, Malibu Shores, Alias, and Playmakers, and was executive producer and creator of Outlaws. He was an editor at the Washington Monthly from 1986 to 1987.

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James Fallows

James Fallows is a contributing editor of the Washington Monthly, the national correspondent for The Atlantic, the former editor-in-chief of U.S. News & World Report, and the author of several books. His latest two are Blind into Baghdad (Vintage 2005) and China Airborne (Pantheon 2012)

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Daniel Franklin

Daniel Franklin was an editor at the Washington Monthly from 1994 to 1995 and a consulting editor from 2005 to 2006. In addition to contributing to Time, the American Prospect, Slate, and Mother Jones, he served as a speechwriter to Maryland Lt. Governor Kathleen Kennedy Townsend and Senate Democratic Leader Tom Daschle. Since 2006, he has worked at the Benenson Strategy Group, a strategic polling and consulting firm, where he has managed polling for Obama for America and the Democratic National Committee, among other clients. He lives in Brooklyn, NY.

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John Gravois

John Gravois is a senior features editor at Pacific Standard magazine. He was an editor at the Washington Monthly from 2010 to 2012. Previously, he worked as a senior editor on the Review section of The National in Abu Dhabi and as a staff reporter at The Chronicle of Higher Education. He began his career as a reporter at The Cambodia Daily, and is a graduate of Deep Springs college.

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Joshua Green

Joshua Green is a senior national correspondent for Bloomberg Businessweek and a columnist at the Boston Globe. He was a senior editor at The Atlantic from 2003 to 2011, and a Washington Monthly editor from 2001 to 2003. He has also written for the New Yorker, Esquire, Rolling Stone, and other publications. He began his career at the satirical weekly, The Onion (back at a time when that failed to impress anyone). He was named one of Columbia Journalism Review's 10 young writers on the rise and was a finalist for the Livingston Award. His writing has been anthologized in books ranging from The Best American Political Writing 2005 to The Bob Marley Reader.

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Charles Homans

Charles Homans is the executive editor of The Atavist. He previously worked as a features editor at Foreign Policy. His work has also appeared in The New Republic and The Economist, and on several National Public Radio programs. He was an editor of the Washington Monthly from 2008 to 2010. Previously, he worked as a newspaper and public radio reporter in Washington, Wyoming, and Alaska's Aleutian Islands. He was born and raised in Minnesota.

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Mickey Kaus

Mickey Kaus is a contributing writer at the Daily Caller. One of the very first political bloggers, he launched his Kausfiles blog in 1999. He has written for Newsweek, The New Republic, and Slate, among others. He was editor of the Washington Monthly from 1979 to 1980.

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Phil Keisling

Phil Keisling is the Director of the Center for Public Service of the Hatfield School of Government at Portland State University. He served as Secretary of State for Oregon from 1991 to 1999, and also served in the Oregon House of Representatives. He was an investigative reporter for the Willamette Week from 1978 to 1982 and an editor at the Washington Monthly from 1982 to 1984.

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Michael Kinsley

Michael Kinsley is a columnist for Bloomberg View, and was previously a columnist for Politico, the Washington Post, Time, and the Wall Street Journal. He was an editor of The New Republic and a founding editor of Slate magazine. His most recent book is Please Don't Remain Calm (WW Norton & Company, 2008). His most recent article for the Monthly was in our Just The Facts Symposium. He worked at the Washington Monthly as a managing editor from 1975 to 1976.

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Christina Larson

Christina Larson is a contributing editor to Foreign Policy magazine based in Beijing, China. She has reported widely from across China and Southeast Asia. Her writing on China, the environment, climate change and civil society have appeared in the The New York Times, Boston Globe, The Atlantic, The New Republic, Foreign Policy, Smithsonian, and Time magazine, among other publications. In 2008, she was named a finalist for the Livingston Award for Young Journalists (international reporting). Her profile of Chinese environmentalist Yong Yang will be included in the forthcoming anthology of China writing, Chinese Characters. Christina was managing editor of the Washington Monthly from 2003 to 2006, and editor from 2007 to 2008. A native of Atlanta, Georgia, she graduated from Stanford University.

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Nicholas Lemann

Nicholas Lemann is the dean of Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and a national correspondent for The Atlantic. He has also worked for the New Yorker, the Washington Post, and the Texas Monthly. Lemann has written several books, including his bestseller, The Promised Land: The Great Black Migration and How It Changed America (David Mckay, 1991), and The Big Test (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1999) for which he received the 1999 Washington Monthly political book award. His most recent book was Redemption: The Last Battle of the Civil War (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2007). He was the editor of the Washington Monthly from 1977 to 1979.

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Suzannah Lessard

Suzannah Lessard is the author of The Architect of Desire: Beauty and Danger in the Stanford White Family. She was the winner of the 1995 Whiting Award and was a staff writer for the New Yorker. She has taught writing classes at Columbia School of the Arts, Wesleyan University, The New School, George Mason University, and George Washington University, among others. Her most recent article for the Monthly was "New Worlds," a review of Robert Kaplan's brilliant book An Empire Wilderness: Travels into America's Future. She was one of the first editors of the Washington Monthly from 1971 to 1974.

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Arthur Levine

Art Levine is a contributing editor of the Washington Monthly, and a former fellow with the Progressive Policy Institute. He is the author of 2005's PPI report, Parity-Plus: A Third Way Approach to Fix America's Mental Health System. His work has appeared in The American Prospect, The New Republic, and The Atlantic, among others. He was an editor of the Washington Monthly in 1975.

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Joshua Micah Marshall

Joshua Micah Marshall is the founder, publisher, and editor of Talking Points Memo, TPMCafe, and TPMmuckraker.com. His work has appeared in The American Prospect, The Atlantic, The Boston Globe, The Financial Times, Foreign Affairs, The New Republic, the New Yorker, and The New York Times, among others. He received a George Polk Award in 2008 for reporting on the 2007 US Attorney firing scandal that led to the resignation of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and a Sidney Hillman award in 2006 for reporting on President Bush's attempt to phase out Social Security. TPM also won the IPI award recognizing free and independent media in 2008. Marshall graduated from Princeton in 1991 and holds a doctorate in American history from Brown.

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Jon Meacham

Jon Meacham lives in New York, where he is executive editor and executive vice president of Random House. From 2006 to 2010 he was the editor of Newsweek. He was an editor of the Washington Monthly from 1993 to 1995.

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Stephanie Mencimer

Stephanie Mencimer is a reporter in Mother Jones' Washington bureau. Her first book, Blocking the Courthouse Door: How the Republican Party and Its Corporate Allies Are Taking Away Your Right to Sue, was published in 2006. She has worked as an investigative reporter at the Washington Post, a senior writer at the Washington City Paper, and a staff writer for Legal Times. She has written for The New York Times, The New Republic, Legal Affairs, The American Prospect, Mother Jones and other national publications. In 2004, she was nominated for a National Magazine Award in the public service category for her Washington Monthly article on medical malpractice politics. In 2000 Mencimer won the Harry Chapin media award for reporting on hunger and poverty. She was an editor at the Washington Monthly from 2000 to 2002.

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Matthew Miller

Matt Miller is a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, columnist at the Washington Post, and the host of the public radio program, "Left, Right & Center." He was previously a columnist at Fortune, and is the author of two books: The Tyranny of Dead Ideas: Letting Go Of The Old Ways Of Thinking To Unleash A New Prosperity (2009), and The Two Percent Solution: Fixing America’s Problems in Ways Liberals and Conservatives Can Love (2003). He lives with his wife and daughter in Los Angeles.

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Rachel Morris

Rachel Morris is the executive editor of The New Republic. Before that, she was the articles editor at Mother Jones and an assistant editor at Legal Affairs. She was an editor at the Washington Monthly from 2006 to 2008. She is a native of New Zealand and a graduate of the journalism school at Columbia University.

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Timothy Noah

Timothy Noah is a contributing writer for MSNBC.com and author of "The Great Divergence: America's Growing Inequality Crisis and What We Can Do About It." He is a former senior editor at the New Republic, where he wrote the "TRB" column, and for ten years before that he wrote Slate's "Chatterbox" column. While at Slate, he was a 2010 National Magazine Award finalist for his coverage of the health care reform bill, and a winner of the 2011 Sidney Hillman Prize for his ten-part series about income inequality in the United States. Previously, he was an assistant managing editor at U.S. News & World Report and a reporter in the Washington bureau of the Wall Street Journal. Noah was an editor at the Washington Monthly from 1983 to 1985. His most recent article for the Monthly was "Stay Put, Young Man"

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Joseph Nocera

Joseph Nocera is currently an op-ed columnist for The New York Times, where he previously was a business columnist. He is also a staff writer for the New York Times Magazine. He was an editor at the Washington Monthly from 1979 to 1980.

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John Rothchild

John Rothchild was one of the first editors at the Washington Monthly from 1971 to 1973. An avid mountain climber, he writes for Fortune magazine and has written several financial books, most recently The Davis Dynasty (John Wiley & Sons, 2003). With Peter Lynch, he has co-written additional books, including One Up on Wall Street (Simon and Schuster, 2000), Beating the Street (Simon and Schuster, 1994) and Learn to Earn (Simon and Schuster, 1995).

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David Segal

David Segal is a reporter and staff writer for The New York Times. Previously, he wrote features for the Style section of the Washington Post based in the New York bureau. He worked at the Washington Monthly as an editor from 1993 to 1994.

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Walter Shapiro

Walter Shapiro is a special correspondent for The New Republic. Previously, he was the Washington bureau chief for Salon, and a columnist with USA Today. Shapiro has also worked for Time, Newsweek, the Washington Post, and the Congressional Quarterly. He was an editor at the Washington Monthly from 1973 to 1976. He served as a White House speechwriter for President Jimmy Carter.

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Joshua Wolf Shenk

Joshua Wolf Shenk is a freelance writer in New York. His work has appeared in The Atlantic, Time, and the New Yorker, among others. His first book, Lincoln's Melancholy: How Depression Challenged a President and Fueled His Greatness, was published in 2006. He was an editor of the Washington Monthly from 1995 to 1996.

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Amy Sullivan

Amy Sullivan is a contributing writer at Time magazine, and author of the book The Party Faithful: How and Why Democrats are Closing the God Gap (Scribner, 2008). A Michigan native, she holds degrees from the University of Michigan and Harvard Divinity School. She writes about religion and politics for Time and her work has appeared in publications including the Los Angeles Times, The New Republic, the New York Times, and the Washington Post. Sullivan was an editor of the Washington Monthly from 2004 to 2006.

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Nicholas Thompson

Nicholas Thompson is a senior editor at the New Yorker, a contributing editor at Bloomberg Television, and a co-founder of The Atavist. He is the author of The Hawk and the Dove: Paul Nitze, George Kennan, and the History of the Cold War (Henry Holt and Co., 2009). Previously, he was a senior editor at Wired magazine. Thompson was an editor at the Washington Monthly from 1999 to 2001.

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Steven Waldman

Steven Waldman is currently Senior Advisor to the Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, where he was the head writer of a major report entitled "The Information Needs of Communities." Previously, he worked as national editor of U.S. News & World Report and as national correspondent for Newsweek. He was the Editor-in-Chief, President, and co-founder of Beliefnet, a spiritual website, until 2009. Waldman was an editor of the Washington Monthly from 1985 to 1987.

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Benjamin Wallace-Wells

Benjamin Wallace-Wells is a contributing writer at New York Magazine. Previously, he was a contributing writer at The New York Times Magazine and at at Rolling Stone. He has worked as a reporter on the Philadelphia Inquirer's Metro Desk. His writing has been published in the Boston Globe, The New Republic, Policy Review, and in the collection At Ground Zero, among other places. His first professional piece, for the Boston Herald's online edition, followed a group of apprentice ticket-scalpers around Fenway Park on Opening Day. He was paid $30 for that article, and still considers this a pretty good rate. He was an editor of the Washington Monthly from 2003 to 2006.

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Robert Worth

Robert Worth was an editor of the Washington Monthly from 1998 to 1999. He is a staff writer for The New York Times.

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