Garrett M. Graff, a distinguished magazine journalist and historian, has dedicated his career to explaining technology and politics. He’s spent more than a dozen years covering politics, technology, and national security, written for publications from WIRED to the New York Times, and served as the editor of two of Washington’s most prestigious magazines, Washingtonian and POLITICO Magazine. The New York Times’s lead book critic Michiko Kakutani said he’s an “cogent writer, willing to tackle large-scale issues and problems.”
He’s lived the technological revolution personally—as Vermont Governor Howard Dean’s first webmaster in 1998 as well as working on Dean’s internet-powered campaign in 2003, as the first blogger accredited to cover a White House press briefing in 2005, and as a magazine editor in the midst of publishing’s transition to the digital world. (His reporter’s notebook from that first White House briefing is now on display in Washington’s Newseum.) An international speaker on the intersection of technology and politics, Graff has spoken to audiences on four continents, appeared on The Today Show and Good Morning America, and for seven years, he taught social media and magazine journalism at Georgetown University.
Graff’s journalism and reporting has taken him from the tech centers of India to the mafia wars of Sicily, from the halls of the U.S. Capitol and the Pentagon to the front lines of cybercrime in Budapest and Prague, from the depths of presidential library archives to the frontiers of Silicon Valley.
His books include The First Campaign: Globalization, the Web, and the Race for the White House, which examined the role of technology in the 2008 presidential race, and The Threat Matrix: The FBI At War in the Age of Global Terror, which traces the history of the FBI since the death of J. Edgar Hoover and was named by Kirkus one of the best nonfiction books of 2011. His e-book, Angel is Airborne: JFK’s Final Flight from Dallas, was a finalist for the Livingston Award, the highest prize given to journalists under 35.
His next book, entitled Raven Rock, tracing the history of the government’s nuclear Doomsday plans during the Cold War, is set to be published in 2017 by Simon & Schuster and has been optioned in Hollywood for television.
His writing and commentary has appeared in publications like New York, the Washington Post, The New York Times, Wired, 5280, Politico, and the Huffington Post, and he has appeared on ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox News, CNN, CNN Headline News, CNN International, CNBC, MSNBC, CBC, the BBC, Al Jazeera English, the History Channel, National Geographic, and various NPR programs, as well as local and regional television and radio channels, and been quoted in publications ranging from US Weekly to the Miami Herald.
As a magazine editor, he helped lead POLITICO Magazine to its first National Magazine Award—the industry’s highest honor—and Washingtonian to many of the industry’s most prestigious recognitions, including the Gerald R. Ford Prize for National Defense Reporting, the Livingston Award for National Reporting, two James Beard Award nominations for its food coverage, and the City/Regional Magazine Association’s awards for General Excellence, Online Excellence, and Excellence in Writing, as well as multiple FOLIO Ozzie Awards for design.
Among the two dozen speeches he gives annually, he has addressed audiences at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library, the National Press Club, the Carnegie Council, Harvard Business School, the Pacific Council on International Policy, the U.S. Department of Defense, the Los Angeles Times Book Festival, and Google, as well as universities like Princeton, Cornell, the LBJ School at UT-Austin, the U.S. Naval Academy, Duke University, the University of Missouri, IDC Herzliya (Israel), Miami University of Ohio, and the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (Moscow), and numerous companies, trade groups, and overseas audiences at the invitation of the U.S. State Department, among others.
A native Vermonter, he lives in Burlington.