Lois Romano

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Lois Romano is an American journalist who recently left her position as the editorial director of POLITICO's events business. She had been instrumental in shaping live editorial programming and content for the organization's dozens of issue-driven events, as well as its largest event series, Women Rule and What Works.'

On January 6, the Washington Post announced that she will be returning to the staff as Editor of Washington Post Live. Romano spent most of her career as a national political correspondent for The Washington Post. In her years at the Post, she covered seven presidential races, served as a columnist, and was a regional correspondent based in Tulsa. On April 5, 2011, she announced that she would be leaving the Washington Post for Newsweek/ Daily Beast. On February 6, 2012, it was announced that she would leave Newsweek/DailyBeast to join Politico as a senior political reporter.[1][2] Politico was started by her former Washington Post colleagues, John F. Harris and Jim VandeHei. Romano started her Post career in the paper’s Style section, writing in-depth profiles on personalities like Jesse Jackson and Gary Hart. In 2004, she traveled with and covered Sen. John Kerry during his presidential campaign. In 2000, she wrote a seven-part biographical series for the Post's National section on George W. Bush.

In 2007, a dozen women who had worked for Hillary Clinton since Bill Clinton's first presidential campaign, and were now running her presidential campaign, posed for a much talked about front page story written by Romano on "Hillaryland".[3]

As a regional correspondent, she covered national issues including race relations, the fall of Enron, the death penalty, and both Oklahoma City bombing trials in Denver. In addition, Romano covered congressional and gubernatorial races.

In 1991, she created and designed the Post's personality column, "The Reliable Source," which became a well read and high impact feature at the paper.[4] She was the first to report that Bill Clinton brought a high-priced Beverly Hills hairdresser onto Air Force One for a haircut.

In the spring of 2008, Romano was a fellow at the Institute of Politics at Harvard College and taught a study group on the general election.[5] She is on the adjunct facility at American University and has taught a variety of courses, including "How the News Media Have Shaped American History." In 2009, she was a fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University.[6]

After Barack Obama was elected president, she created the Post's video series "The Obama Era: Voices of Power" to profile American politicians who impact the political process.

Romano at a Women Rule event, Washington DC, March 2014


  1. ^ Rothstein, Besty. "Politico Rescues Romano from The Beast". Media Bistro. Retrieved February 6, 2012. 
  2. ^ Beyers, Dylan. "Politico Hires Lois Romano". Politico. Retrieved 6 February 2012. 
  3. ^ O'Hannigan, Patrick. "Ahoy the Entourage!". The American Spectator. 
  4. ^ Kravitz, Alexa. "Politico Goes Long". American Journalism Review. 
  5. ^ Harvard University. "Lois Romano,Spring 2008 Resident Fellow". 
  6. ^ Hoover Institution. "William and Barbara Edwards Media Fellows by year". 

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