Paul Glastris

Paul is editor in chief of the Washington Monthly, a position he has held since April 2001. He is co-author of the book The Other College Guide and editor of the e-book Elephant in the Room: Washington in the Bush Years.

From September 1998 to January 2001, Paul was a special assistant and senior speechwriter to President Bill Clinton. He wrote over 200 speeches for the President, including the education sections of the 1999 and 2000 State of the Union addresses and the President’s signing remarks for the 1998 Higher Education Act reauthorization. He also co-wrote the president’s address to the Democratic convention in Los Angeles in August 2000. In November 1999, he traveled with President Clinton to Turkey and Greece and co-wrote the president’s landmark address to the Greek people. Paul also co-founded the President’s “DC Reads This Summer” program, which has placed over 1,000 federal employees as volunteer reading tutors in Washington, DC public schools. He also promoted several administration policy initiatives, including a new food stamp rule that allowed the working poor to own cars.

Before joining the White House, Paul spent 10 years as a correspondent and editor at U.S. News & World Report. There, he conceived of and edited two end-of-the-year issues consisting of “solutions-oriented” journalism (1997 and 1998). As Bureau Chief in Berlin, Germany (1995-1996), he covered the former Yugoslavia during the final months of the Bosnian War and wrote stories from Germany, Russia, Greece, and Turkey. Prior to that, he covered the Midwest from the magazine’s Chicago bureau during two presidential campaigns, the Mississippi floods of 1993, and the rise of the Michigan Militia. He produced profiles of Midwest mayors, governors, and other personalities, from Jesse Jackson to then-presidential candidate Bill Clinton. From 1985 to 1986, Paul was an editor of the Washington Monthly. He has also written for The New York Times, the Washington Post, The New Republic, Slate, and other publications.

Paul has been a fellow at New America and the Western Policy Center, serves on the board on the Nonzero Foundation and was a founding member of the board of Education Sector, a nonpartisan think tank in Washington, DC. He is a regular commentator on the BBC and has been a guest commentator on CNN, MSNBC, NPR, the Colbert Report, and the McLaughlin Group. He holds a bachelor’s degree in history and a master’s in radio, TV, and film from Northwestern University. His wife, journalist Kukula Glastris (1958-2017), was books editor of the Washington Monthly. They have two children, Hope and Adam.

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Paul Swifties and Homer

Homer Bound… In filling in for Kevin this week, I had to promise not to reveal where he’s spending his vacation. All I’ll say is that I’m sure he’s enjoying the baklava. Just kidding. I don’t actually know where Kevin is. But I do know that if I were on vacation this week, I’d be… Read more »

Perverse Polarity

In one sense these descriptions reflected a certain objective truth: Campuses were indeed polarized. In another sense, though, they missed the story completely. The ideological gulf on campuses did not result from the right and left tugging equally hard in opposite directions. It resulted from the extremism of the academic left, which was seeking both… Read more »

Vision Quest

Listen a little closer, however, and you may pick up a subtle but important difference in the Shrumian phraseology this time. Unlike past Democratic hopefuls, Kerry more pointedly distinguishes who he thinks the bad guys are: not corporations or the rich per se, but “lobbyists,” “the privileged,” and others who “cut corners and break laws… Read more »

First Draft

In a taking-the-temperature-of-Washington sort of way, this is unquestionably true. The president, his cabinet, the Pentagon brass, and leading members of Congress remain adamantly opposed to conscription. Though a handful of lawmakers have signed on to Rangel’s bill, established opinion has written off the measure as noble-but doomed. A headline from a Buffalo News editorial… Read more »