September 18, 2008
E. J. Dionne is a twice-weekly columnist for the Washington Post, writing on national policy and politics. Before joining The Post in 1990 as a political reporter, he spent 14 years at The New York Times, covering local, state, and national politics, and also served as a foreign correspondent in Paris, Rome and Beirut. Dionne began his column for The Post in 1993.”Democracy’s Challenge: Reclaiming the Public’s Role”
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He is a university professor at Georgetown University and a senior fellow at The Brookings Institution. Dionne has been a frequent commentator on politics for National Public Radio, ABC’s “This Week,” and NBC’s “Meet the Press.” His book Why Americans Hate Politics (1991), won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and was a National Book Award nominee. He is author or editor of ten books, including Souled Out: Reclaiming Faith and Politics after the Religious Right (2008), Stand Up Fight Back: Republican Toughs, Democratic Wimps, and the Politics of Revenge (2004), Community Works: The Revival of Civil Society in America (1998), and They Only Look Dead: Why Progressives Will Dominate The Next Political Era (1996).