Richard Wolffe

Richard Wolffe is a New York Times bestselling author, Executive Editor of, and a political analyst on msnbc television. He covered the entire length of Barack Obama’s presidential campaign for Newsweek magazine, traveling with the candidate and his inner circle from his announcement through election day, 21 months later. His book about the Obama campaign, "Renegade: The Making of a President," became an instant bestseller. Wolffe appears frequently on many msnbc shows, including Morning Joe, Politics Nation and The Last Word. On NBC, he has been a political commentator on Meet The Press and Today. He is also author of "The Message: The Reselling of President Obama."

Wolffe began writing about American politics as a senior journalist at the Financial Times, serving as its deputy bureau chief and U.S. diplomatic correspondent in Washington D.C. He first started reporting on George W. Bush and his Texas team in 1999, at the start of the presidential campaign. He travelled with then-Governor Bush for more than a year, through the extraordinary election of 2000. His earlier work for the Financial Times included extensive coverage of the Microsoft antitrust trial and the Clinton administration’s plans to break up the company. His reporting and writing on regulatory and business issues in Washington included covering the Treasury Department, the Federal Trade Commission, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. Wolffe spent eight years with the Financial Times including four years in the United Kingdom. He joined Newsweek magazine in November 2002 as diplomatic correspondent, covering foreign policy and international affairs. In the 2004 presidential election, he covered the chaotic Howard Dean campaign before switching to John Kerry’s campaign.

As Newsweek’s senior White House correspondent, his cover stories included What He Believes (on Obama’s faith) Black & White (about Obama and racial politics), Bush In The Bubble (about the president after Hurricane Katrina) and Weight of the World (the behind-the-scenes story of how Bush handled the Lebanon war). Wolffe is the co-author of "The Victim’s Fortune," which reveals the behind-the-scenes deals that led to billions of dollars in compensation to the Nazis’ victims in the late 1990s. His reporting for the book covered major European companies such as Deutsche Bank, Daimler and Société Générale. It also encompassed government officials across Europe and the United States, and several high-profile class action lawyers.

Richard Wolffe's next book was in an entirely different field: he is co-author of a Spanish cookbook, "Tapas: A Taste of Spain in America." He co-wrote a follow-up book, "Made in Spain," and wrote a 26-part TV show of the same name for PBS television. He has also written for food magazines such as Food Arts and Food and Wine. Born in Birmingham, England, Wolffe graduated from Oxford University with first-class honors in English and French.

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