Jim Hoagland

Annenberg Distinguished Visiting Fellow

Jim Hoagland is an Annenberg Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Hoover Institution (2010–13) and has served in a variety of reporting, editing, and opinion-forming roles at the Washington Post since joining the newspaper in 1966. Winner of two Pulitzer Prizes and other journalism honors, he became a contributing editor to the Post in January 2010, after serving two decades as associate editor and chief foreign correspondent.

Hoagland was born in Rock Hill, South Carolina, on January 22, 1940. He graduated with an AB in journalism from the University of South Carolina in 1961 and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He did graduate work in Aix-en-Provence, France, during the 1961–62 academic year and was a Ford Foundation Fellow at Columbia University’s School of Journalism during 1968–69.

Hoagland began his journalism career as a reporter with the Rock Hill Evening Herald in 1960 while still in college. He then became a copy editor for the New York Times International Edition in Paris in 1964. On joining the Washington Post in 1966, he covered metropolitan and national affairs. He was the Post’s Africa correspondent (1969–72), Middle East correspondent (1972–75), and Paris correspondent (1975–77). In 1979, Hoagland became foreign editor and, in 1981, was appointed assistant managing editor for Foreign News. In 1986, he moved to Paris to begin his internationally syndicated column on America’s role in the world.

Hoagland served in the US Air Force, stationed in Germany, from 1962 until 1964. He received the Overseas Press Club award for international reporting in 1977. Hoagland received Pulitzer Prizes in 1970 for international reporting and in 1991 for his columns on the events leading up to the Gulf War and the political turmoil within the Soviet Union. In 2002, the editors of seven leading European newspapers headed a jury that awarded Hoagland the Cernobbio-Europa Prize. He is the author of South Africa: Civilizations in Conflict, which was published in 1972.

Hoagland is married to novelist Jane Stanton Hitchcock; they have two children, Lily and Lee.

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The White House

Corruption Wafts Into The Situation Room

by Jim Hoagland
Monday, August 13, 2018

In responding to a question from The Post, Price put his finger on the greatest single outrage contained in the new episode of the President Trump-Omarosa Manigault Newman saga of sustained squalor: The misuse of the Situation Room by Wh ite House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly to isolate and fire an employee.

Analysis and Commentary

What Is Trump Trying To Hide By Blaming Canada? The Answer May Be Frightening

by Jim Hoaglandvia The Washington Post
Thursday, June 14, 2018

The president doth protest too much, methinks.


America Has A Lot To Learn From South Africa

by Jim Hoaglandvia The Washington Post
Tuesday, April 3, 2018

The death of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela at 81 brings a timely if grim reminder of the human costs of white- nationalist rule and intolerance inflicted on South Africa in the 20th century — a reminder that may be particularly useful for Americans right now.

Beyond Disruption: Technology's Challenge to Governance

by George P. Shultz, Jim Hoagland, James Timbievia Books by Hoover Fellows
Wednesday, March 28, 2018

In Beyond Disruption: Technology’s Challenge to Governance, George P. Shultz, Jim Hoagland, and James Timbie present views from some of the country's top experts in the sciences, humanities, and military that scrutinize the rise of post-millennium technologies in today’s global society.

Analysis and Commentary

The Fourth Industrial Revolution Is Upon Us

by Jim Hoaglandvia The Washington Post
Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Driverless cars and trucks rule the road, while robots “man” the factories. Super-smartphones hail Uber helicopters or even planes to fly their owners across mushrooming urban areas. Machines use algorithms to teach themselves cognitive tasks that once required human intelligence, wiping out millions of managerial, as well as industrial, jobs.

Trump Is At War With The Nation He Is Supposed To Lead

by Jim Hoagland
Thursday, May 11, 2017

Okay, Sergei, now it’s my turn: Stop laughing at my country. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov once chided me in Moscow for chuckling at the claim that Russia possessed unique virtue in international affairs. He returned the favor this week in Washington by openly mocking, in the presence of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, President Trump’s firing of FBI Director James B. Comey.

Analysis and Commentary

The Mystery Of Trump's Character Deepens

by Jim Hoaglandvia The Washington Post
Friday, April 7, 2017

Most of what President Trump has done and said in his brief time in office has bordered on squalid, incompetent or unbalanced. The bold moral clarity of his missile attack against a Syrian air base involved in chemical warfare deepens rather than resolves the mystery of the real character of this president.

Analysis and Commentary

What Do Foreign Friends And Foes Think Of Trump’s ‘Disunited States Of America’?

by Jim Hoaglandvia The Washington Post
Friday, November 25, 2016

The first glimpses the world has caught of Donald Trump’s America have unsettled allies and encouraged adversaries. Both camps anticipate that they will be dealing with the “Disunited States of America” throughout Trump’s presidency.

Analysis and Commentary

Bob Dylan’s Power Of Prophesy

by Jim Hoaglandvia The Washington Post
Friday, October 14, 2016

Who knew the Swedish jury that awards the Nobel prize for literature had this kind of moxie? To honor Bob Dylan’s poetic lyrics in this most phantasmagorical of American election years is a triumph of timing and substance that deserves to be hailed itself.

Analysis and Commentary

America’s Internationalist Ideal Is Dying In Europe

by Jim Hoaglandvia Washington Post
Friday, September 9, 2016

The surge of populist right-wing parties in Europe has now damaged the standing of the continent’s most important leader, German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Worse, the rise of movements fueled by nationalistic and racist programs signals that a core ethos of the European-American alliance vital to global stability for seven decades is threatened by extremist politics on both sides of the Atlantic.