David Maraniss is an associate editor at the Washington Post and author of two critically acclaimed and best-selling books – When Pride Still Mattered: A Life of Vince Lombardi, and First In His Class: A Biography of Bill Clinton, considered by many to be the definitive biography on the former president. He is also the author of The Clinton Enigma, co-author of The Prince of Tennessee: Al Gore Meets His Fate and co-author of Tell Newt to Shutup. His expertise on modern politics and sports has made him a frequent guest on national television shows.
During his 24-year career at the Washington Post, Maraniss has won many awards in journalism, including the 1993 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting for his articles on the life and career of Bill Clinton. He is also the recipient of the 1995 George Polk Award, the Dirksen Prize for articles on the Republican revolution in Congress, the 1997 ASNE Laventhol Prize for deadline writing and the 1999 Hancock Prize for a series on the savings and loan scandal.
Maraniss grew up in Madison and attended the University of Wisconsin. He began his journalism career covering high school football and student protests. In 1975 he was hired by the Trenton Times where he worked for two years before joining the Washington Post. He lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife Linda, an environmental educator. They are the parents of two adult children. Maraniss’ most recent book is They Marched into Sunlight: War and Peace in Vietnam and America, October 1967.