Jeff Birnbaum is an award-winning author, television commentator, and the president of Barbour, Griffith, and Rogers (BGR) Public Relations. He was previously a columnist for The Washington Post and The Washington Times, where he also served as managing editor of digital, in charge of multimedia and online news. On television he is a political analyst for Fox News Channel and long appeared as a regular panelist on PBS’s Washington Week. On radio, he serves as a commentator for the national business show, Marketplace; appears frequently on Fox News Radio as a political analyst; and comments every Monday morning on WBZ radio in Boston.
Birnbaum utilizes his extensive experience studying politics and politicians to address how hot topics affect the current crop of presidential hopefuls and the state of America on the world stage. A commentator who analyzes both sides of the political playing field through every possible mode of media, his observations and intuitions are highly regarded among his peers and help contribute to some of the most astute political scrutiny in the press. Audiences get a firsthand account of Birnbaum’s expertise and candor during each presentation. He covers the intersection of business and politics and national politics with an emphasis on the White House, lobbying, and presidential campaigns.
During his award-winning career in journalism, Birnbaum has worked for the premier news outlets in the United States. Most recently, Birnbaum has been a columnist for The Washington Post and The Washington Times. He also co-hosted political segments on WTWP, the Posts’ radio station. Prior to that, he spent seven years as Fortune magazine’s senior writer and as the chief of its Washington, DC, bureau. He also spent two years as a senior political correspondent for Fortune’s sister publication, TIME magazine. Before joining TIME in 1995, Birnbaum worked for The Wall Street Journal for 16 years. He was the Journal’s White House correspondent and a congressional and tax reporter. In 1994 won the Aldo Beckman Memorial Award for excellence in feature writing about the Clinton presidency. Washingtonian magazine also selected him as one of “Washington’s 50 best and most influential journalists.”
Birnbaum is the author of four books. His first, Showdown at Gucci Gulch, was written with Alan Murray in 1987. This chronicle of the Tax Reform Act of 1986 won the American Political Science Association’s coveted Carey McWilliams Award. In 1992, Birnbaum’s second book, The Lobbyists, was a Washington Post best-seller and a nominee for the Pulitzer Prize. Madhouse – Birnbaum’s third – detailed Clinton’s White House. His latest, The Money Men, examines campaign fund-raising.
In 1998, Birnbaum was hired as a Fox News contributor. He is featured on Fox News’ Special Report with Brit Hume as one of the show’s “Fox All Stars” and on several other Fox News programs, including Weekend Live every Sunday. He was Fox News Radio’s chief political analyst on election night 2004 and 2006 and has also appeared on countless news programs. Starting in 1994, Birnbaum also became a regular on NPR’s All Things Considered.