Walter ShapiroWalter Shapiro


Walter Shapiro, a columnist, has covered the last eight presidential campaigns as a columnist and political reporter. Along the way, he has worked for two newspapers (USA Today and the Washington Post), two news weeklies (Time and Newsweek), two monthlies (Esquire and the Washington Monthly) and two online magazines (Salon and Slate).

Shapiro recently completed a three-year stint as the Washington bureau chief for For nearly ten years ending after the 2004 election, he wrote a twice weekly political column for USA Today. He is the author of One-Car Caravan: On the Road with the 2004 Democrats Before America Tunes In, a chronicle of the early skirmishing for the presidential nomination.
Shapiro spent the first four years of the Clinton administration writing a monthly column (“Our Man in the White House”) for Esquire. From 1987-93, he was a senior writer for Time and was also the magazine’s correspondent covering the 1992 Clinton campaign. At Newsweek (1983-87), he was the lead political writer. He was on the reporting staff of the Washington Post from 1979-83. Prior to joining the Post, he served as a White House speechwriter for President Jimmy Carter and a special assistant and speechwriter for Secretary of Labor Ray Marshall.  And in 1972, he ran for Congress from Michigan, finishing second in a six-way primary.
A graduate of the University of Michigan, Shapiro was a 2005 fellow at the Shorenstein Center at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. He also spent five months in Japan (1991-92) on a fellowship from the Japan Society. He is married to the writer Meryl Gordon, the author of the recently published, “Mrs. Astor Regrets.” Shapiro divides his time between his home on the Upper West Side of Manhattan and his reporting rounds in Washington.


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