“One of the most influential journalists in the White House press corps.”
Paul Brandus, the author of the acclaimed Under This Roof: A History of the White House and Presidency (published in September 2015 by Lyons Press), is an award-winning, independent member of the White House press corps. He founded West Wing Reports ® in 2009 (Twitter: @WestWingReport), and provides reports for television and radio outlets around the United States and overseas. He is also a contributing columnist for USA Today, CNN and MarketWatch, and his work has appeared in publications such as The Guardian, Real Clear Politics, National Review and The Week. For The Week, he moderates panel discussions in Washington and around the U.S. on topics like cybersecurity, energy and infrastructure. He has spoken at schools such as the Columbia University School of Journalism and served as Executive-in-Residence at Washington and Lee University.
An innovator in social media, Brandus’s Twitter account (@WestWingReport) is the biggest among all current, accredited members of the White House press corps. In 2011, he won the Shorty Award for “Best Journalist on Twitter,” sponsored by the Knight Foundation. His career spans network television, Wall Street and several years as a foreign correspondent based in Moscow, where he covered the collapse of the Soviet Union for NBC Radio and the award-winning business and economics program “Marketplace.” He has traveled to 53 countries and has reported from, among other places, Iraq, Chechnya, China and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. He began his career as a desk assistant at NBC Radio News in Washington and as a U.S. Senate staffer. Brandus has served on the Board of Governors of the Overseas Press Club of America, serving as its Washington, D.C. representative. He is also an early stage venture capital investor and as an entrepreneur once purchased the Russian rights to the Super Bowl from the National Football League – becoming the first person to show the championship game in Russia.
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