Closing Session: E.J. Dionne

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Saturday, January 20, 3:45-5:15 p.m.
Ballroom A, 3rd floor, Hynes Convention Center
​Award-winning columnist, political analyst and author E.J. Dionne offers his reasoned analysis in a twice-weekly Washington Post op-ed column that is followed by policymakers across the political spectrum. Dionne began writing the column in 1993, and it now appears in more than 100 newspapers in the United States and abroad.
A highly regarded commentator on politics, Dionne appears weekly on National Public Radio along with the New York Times’ David Brooks, and regularly on MSNBC. He has also appeared on “NewsHour” and other PBS programs, NBC’s “Meet the Press,” and ABC’s “This Week With George Stephanopoulos.”
Dionne is the author and editor or co-editor of more than 11 books and volumes. His 2013 book, “Our Divided Political Heart: The Battle for the American Idea in an Age of Discontent,” was praised by journalist Walter Isaacson, himself the author of biographies about Steve Jobs and Benjamin Franklin, as a “brilliant” look at the current state of politics in America.
“But more importantly,” Isaacson said, “it’s an insightful exploration of our nation’s history and our ability to balance individualism with community. That sense of balance has been lost, and this book shows how we can restore a shared appreciation for our historic values.”
In 1991, Dionne released his best-selling book, “Why Americans Hate Politics,” which Newsday called “a classic in American political history.” The book won the Los Angeles Times book prize and was a National Book Award nominee.
Dionne has also received the American Political Science Association’s Carey McWilliams Award, which honors a major journalistic contribution to the understanding of politics, the Empathy Award from the Volunteers of America, and, in 2004, the National Human Services Assembly’s Award for Excellence by a Member of the Media. He has been named among the 25 most influential Washington journalists by the National Journal and ranked among the capital city’s top 50 journalists by the Washingtonian magazine.
The national weekly America magazine, published by the Jesuits of the United States, said Dionne’s writing demonstrates that he “knows the present with the keen sense of a beat reporter and the past with the perspective of a scholarly historian.”
The 65-year-old Dionne was raised in Fall River, graduated from Harvard University and became a Rhodes Scholar at the University of Oxford’s Balliol College, where he earned a doctorate in sociology.
Before joining The Washington Post in 1990 as a reporter covering national politics, Dionne spent 14 years with The New York Times reporting on state and local government, national politics, and from around the world, including stints in Paris, Rome and Beirut. The Los Angeles Times praised his coverage of the Vatican as the best in two decades.
Dionne is also a senior fellow in governance studies at the Brookings Institution, a professor in the Foundations of Democracy and Culture at Georgetown University, and a senior research fellow at Saint Anselm College.
Dionne lives in Bethesda, Maryland, with his wife and three children.