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Elisabeth Bumiller

Journalist & Author


A Washington reporter for The New York Times, Elisabeth Bumiller writes about politics and policy in the nation’s capital, and has been covering Senator John McCain in this year’s presidential campaign. She also recently authored a biography of Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

From 2001 to 2006, Bumiller was a Times White House correspondent who also wrote a weekly column, White House Letter, about the people and behind-the-scenes events of the presidency. She was the Times City Hall Bureau chief from 1999 to 2001, during which she covered Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani and his Senate race against Hillary Rodham Clinton. Prior to that, Bumiller worked on the Times’s Metropolitan staff in New York as a general assignment reporter and as one of the writers of the Public Lives column. She has also written for The New York Times Magazine and the newspaper’s culture and travel pages.

From 1979 to 1985, Bumiller worked for The Washington Post in Washington, New Delhi, Tokyo, and New York. Her first job in journalism was in the Naples bureau of The Miami Herald.

Her work Condoleezza Rice: An American Life is based on extensive interviews with the Secretary of State, along with 150 others, and was published in December 2007 by Random House. Bumiller’s previous books include May You Be the Mother of a Hundred Sons: A Journey Among the Women of India and The Secrets of Mariko: A Year in the Life of a Japanese Woman and Her Family.

In 2006 and 2007, Bumiller was a Public Policy Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center, and a Transatlantic Fellow at the German Marshall Fund of the United States.


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