Dear Politicos— The Magazine is delighted to announce that Garrett Graff is starting today as a senior staff writer. The editor of Washingtonian magazine for the last five years, he is also an accomplished author at work on his third book and he’ll bring his sharp eye to long form narratives and big reported pieces for us.
From 2009 to 2014, as Washingtonian’s top editor, he led an ambitious revamp of the publication and landed many prestigious awards for the magazine, including the Gerald R. Ford Prize for National Defense Reporting, two James Beard Award nominations for its food coverage, and the City/Regional Magazine Association award for general excellence. This year, Washingtonian was a finalist for a record 15 awards from the City/Regional Magazine Association. He managed to do all that while also finding time for writing, and he was a finalist this spring for the Livingston Award for national reporting for his article, “Angel is Airborne: JFK’s Final Flight from Dallas,” which traced the story of the Air Force One flight back from Dallas on November 22, 1963, following the assassination of President Kennedy. His first book, “The First Campaign: Globalization, the Web, and the Race for the White House,” examined the role of technology in the 2008 presidential race. His bestselling second book, “The Threat Matrix: The FBI At War in the Age of Global Terror,” is the definitive history of the FBI since the death of J. Edgar Hoover,, and he is now at work on a book about the Cold War and the government’s Doomsday plans.
A Vermonter and Harvard graduate, Garrett was deputy national press secretary on Howard Dean’s 2004 presidential campaign and later a cofounder of an Internet strategy consulting firm. In 2005, when he was the founding editor of mediabistro’s blog FishblowlDC, he was the first blogger accredited to cover a White House press briefing.
We are delighted to welcome him to POLITICO Magazine, and hope you’ll all find a chance to meet him soonest.
Susan and Blake