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Jeff Birnbaum is an award-winning author, television commentator, and a columnist for the Washington Post. He joined the Post in March 2004, after spending seven years as the chief of Fortune magazine's Washington bureau, and two years as a senior political correspondent for Fortune's sister publication, TIME. Before he worked for TIME, Jeff Birnbaum was with the Wall Street Journal for 16 years, where his last job there was as White House correspondent; while with the Journal he won the Aldo Beckman Award for Excellence in feature writing. On television, he is a political analyst for Fox News Channel and is a regular panelist on PBS' Washington Week.

At the Post, Jeff Birnbaum pens a column, "K Street Confidential," every other week and writes features about the intersection of business and politics. Previously, as Fortune's senior writer in D.C., he authored the magazine's "Power 25 Survey" that assessed which lobbying groups have the most clout in the Capital. Washingtonian magazine recently selected him as one of Washington's "50 best and most influential journalists."

Jeff Birnbaum is the author of four books. His latest, The Money Men, examines campaign fund-raising and was published in 2000. His first book, Showdown at Gucci Gulch, was written with Alan Murray in 1987. This classic chronicle of the Tax Reform Act of 1986 won the American Political Science Association's coveted Carey McWilliams Award in 1988. In 1992, Jeff Birnbaum's second book, The Lobbyists, was a Washington Post best seller. Madhouse, his third book, about President Clinton's White House, was published in 1996.

Jeff Birnbaum is a commentator for public radio's Marketplace. In 1998, he was hired as a Fox News contributor. Jeff Birnbaum is featured regularly on Fox News' Special Report with Brit Hume as one of the show's "Fox All Stars" and on several other Fox News programs. He is also a familiar face on PBS' Washington Week. In addition, Jeff Birnbaum has appeared on Today, the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, Nightline, Fox News Sunday, the Charlie Rose Show, NPR's Morning Edition and All Things Considered, and CNN's CNNfn, Inside Politics and Crossfire. He has lectured for trade and professional groups and at major colleges including Harvard, Amherst, Pennsylvania, and the University of Texas.

A native of Scranton, Birnbaum graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1977.

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