Paul Glastris is the editor in chief of The Washington Monthly.
From September 1998 to January, 2001, he was a 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 created 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. 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.
Washington Monthly articles by Paul Glastris: