“One of the most influential journalists in the White House press corps.”
-Knight Foundation’s Digital Media Center
“One of the top Washington insiders you should follow on Twitter.”
Paul Brandus, the author of the forthcoming Under This Roof: A History of the Presidency in 21 White House Rooms (due out in 2015), is an award-winning, independent member of the White House press corps who founded West Wing Reports ® in 2009 (Twitter: @WestWingReport). He provides reports for television and radio outlets around the United States and overseas. He is also a Washington columnist forThe Guardian, The Week and moderates panels for the magazine in Washington and around the U.S. on topics like cybersecurity, energy and Europe’s economic crisis. He has lectured at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
An innovator in social media, Brandus’s Twitter account @WestWingReport is the second biggest among all 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. The Atlantic calls Brandus “One of the top Washington Insiders You Should Follow on Twitter.”
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 on five continents and has reported from, among other places Iraq, Chechnya, China and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. He began his career as a desk assistant at NBC News Washington and as a U.S. Senate staffer.
Brandus sits on the Board of Governors of the Overseas Press Club of America and serves 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.