Jeffrey Birnbaum

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Biography

Jeff Birnbaum is an award-winning author, television commentator, columnist, and chief of Fortune magazine's Washington bureau. He joined Fortune in January 1997 after two years as a senior political correspondent for Fortune's sister publication, Time. Before joining Time in 1995, Birnbaum worked for the Wall Street Journal for 16 years. His last job at the Journal was as White House correspondent. On television he is a political analyst for Fox News Channel and is a regular panelist on PBS's Washington Week.

As Fortune's senior writer in D.C., Birnbaum organizes and authors the magazine's "Power 25" survey that assesses which lobbying groups have the most clout in the capital. He also pens a column for Fortune and Fortune.com called "Birnbaum on Washington." Washingtonian magazine recently selected him as one of "Washington's 50 best and most influential journalists."

Birnbaum is the author of The Money Men, which examines campaign fund-raising and was published in 2000. His first book, Showdown at Gucci Gulch, was written with Alan Murray in 1987. This classic chronicle of the Tax Reform Act of 1986, won the American Political Science Association's coveted Carey McWilliams Award in 1988. In 1992, Birnbaum's second book, The Lobbyists, was a Washington Post best seller. Madhouse, Birnbaum's third book, was published in 1996. This lively look at the turmoil of working for the President was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize.

Birnbaum is currently the commentator for public radio's Marketplace and for the Weekend Live with Tony Show. In 1998, Birnbaum was hired as a Fox News contributor. He is featured regularly on Fox News' Special Report with Brit Hume as one of the show's "Fox All Stars." He is also a familiar, smiling face on PBS' Washington Week in Review. In addition, he has appeared on Today, the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, Nightline, Fox News Sunday, the Charlie Rose Show, NPR's Morning Edition and All Things Considered, and CNN's CNNfn, Inside Politics and Crossfire. He has lectured for trade and professional groups and at major colleges including Harvard, Amherst, Penn, and the University of Texas.

Speaking Topics

Politics: The Outlook for Government and Politics.

The Economy: Recession Politics and the Prospects for Growth.

Washington in Uncertain Times: The Outlook for Legislation and Elections.

An Executive's guide to Washington: Hints on Navigating in the Nation's Capital.

Terrorism and Politics: How the World has Changed.

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