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Ken Walsh

Biography: 

March 26-30, 2007

Media fellow Kenneth T. Walsh is Chief White House Correspondent and Senior Writer for U.S. News & World Report.

He joined the magazine in 1984 as a congressional correspondent and has covered the presidency, presidential campaigns, and national politics since 1986.

Before joining the magazine, Walsh was a political reporter, columnist, and Washington correspondent for the Denver Post. Before that, he was a Denver-based reporter for the Associated Press.

As an adjunct professor of communication at American University in Washington, Walsh has taught courses on politics and the media, the PR presidency, media ethics, and how the media shape history. In 1998 he was named outstanding adjunct professor of the year.

Walsh served as president of the White House Correspondents’ Association from 1994-1995, and he remains on the association’s governing board. He has twice served as a judge for the Robert F. Kennedy journalism awards.

Walsh makes frequent television appearances on networks including ABC, CNN, NBC, MSNBC, CNBC, and Fox News Channel, along with many radio networks and local stations.

He has written four books: From Mount Vernon to Crawford: A History of the Presidents and Their Retreats (2005) and Air Force One: A History of the Presidents and Their Planes (2003), both published by Hyperion; Ronald Reagan, Biography (1997) and Feeding the Beast: The White House Versus the Press (1996) both published by Random House. Walsh’s freelance work has been published in the Washington Post, the New York Times, and the New Republic.

He has won the two most prestigious awards for White House coverage; the Aldo Beckman Award (1991) and the Gerald R. Ford Prize for Distinguished Reporting on the Presidency (1992 and 1998).

Walsh earned a master’s degree in communications from American University in Washington and a B.A. in journalism from Rutgers University in New Jersey.

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