Neil King, Jr.
Neil King Jr. covers national politics for The Wall Street Journal. He traveled widely around the United States for the past several years tracking candidates and talking to voters in the build-up to the 2012 presidential election. King has worked since 1999 in the Journal's Washington bureau, where he has also covered foreign policy, intelligence, terrorism, international trade, and the oil industry.
In the 1990s, he spent nearly seven years as a Journal correspondent in Europe, first in Prague and later in Brussels. During those years, he covered a wide swath of subjects ranging from the post-Communist transition in Eastern Europe, the birth of the European single currency, and the war in Kosovo. He traveled and wrote extensively throughout the continent, reporting from Ukraine, Russia, Romania, Poland, Hungary, and frequently from the Balkans. King earned a master's degree in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University in Chicago, and a bachelor's degree in philosophy from Columbia University in New York. He was part of the Journal team that won a Pulitzer Prize for its coverage of Sept. 11.
King was born and grew up in Boulder, Colorado, and is married to Shailagh Murray, a former Washington Post political reporter, who now works in the White House as Vice President Joe Biden's communications director. They have two daughters, who are now teetering perilously close to college age.