User Profile for Richard Wolffe (rwolffe)
Richard Wolffe is Newsweek’s Senior White House Correspondent, covering everything from the president’s foreign policy to the life of the White House chef.
His recent cover stories include Bush In The Bubble (about the president’s isolation) and Weight of the World (the behind-the-scenes story of how Bush handled the Lebanon war). Wolffe also writes a weekly column on politics, “The Oval,” for Newsweek.com.
Wolffe started work on the White House beat in January 2005. But he first started reporting on George W. Bush and his Texas team in 1999, at the start of the presidential campaign. He traveled with then-Governor Bush for more than a year, through the extraordinary election of 2000. Wolffe was featured prominently in Journeys with George, a documentary movie telling the inside story of the 2000 Bush campaign, which was broadcast by HBO.
Wolffe came to Newsweek in November 2002 as Diplomatic Correspondent, covering foreign policy and international affairs. In the 2004 presidential election, he covered the chaotic Dean campaign before switching to Senator John Kerry in early 2004.
Before Newsweek, Wolffe was deputy bureau chief and U.S. diplomatic correspondent in Washington D.C. for the Financial Times. His earlier work included coverage of the Microsoft antitrust trial and the Clinton administration’s plans to break up the company.
Wolffe is the author of The Victim’s Fortune, (HarperCollins, 2002), which reveals the behind-the-scenes deals that led to billions of dollars in compensation to the Nazis’ victims in the late 1990s. His next book was in an entirely different field: he is co-author of a Spanish cookbook, Tapas: A Taste of Spain in America, published in 2005 by Clarkson Potter in the US and Planeta in Spain. He has also written for food magazines such as Food Arts and Food and Wine.
Wolffe is an MSNBC political analyst, and appears frequently on Countdown with Keith Olbermann. He has previously appeared regularly on CNN and Fox News, as well as international media including the BBC and CBC.
Born in Birmingham, England, Wolffe graduated from Oxford University with first-class honors (summa cum laude) in English and French in 1992. He and his wife live in Washington, D.C.
Joined: May 09 '07
Last login: Jun 11 '07