Robert G. Kaiser
|Robert G. Kaiser|
|Born||Washington, D.C., United States|
|Alma mater||Yale University
London School of Economics
|Occupation||Associate Editor and Senior Correspondent of The Washington Post|
Robert G. Kaiser (born 1943) is associate editor and senior correspondent of The Washington Post, where he has worked since 1963. In 2007, he wrote a series of articles there based on interviews of lobbyist Gerald Cassidy on the topic of lobbying in the United States.
Kaiser began at The Washington Post as a summer intern while still a college student. He has served as a special correspondent in London (1964–67), a reporter on the city desk in Washington, D.C. (1967–69), foreign correspondent in Saigon (1969–70) and Moscow (1971–74). He returned to the national staff in Washington and worked as a reporter for seven years, covering labor, the U.S. Senate, the 1980 presidential campaign and the first Ronald Reagan administration.
In 1982 Kaiser became associate editor of The Washington Post and editor of "Outlook", a Sunday section of commentary and opinion. He also wrote a column for the section. From 1985 to 1990 he was assistant managing editor for national news. From 1990 to 1991 he was deputy managing editor, and from 1991 to 1998 served as the paper's managing editor. He began his current assignment in September 1998.
Kaiser's work has appeared in the New York Review of Books, Esquire, Foreign Affairs, and many other publications. He has been a commentator on NPR's All Things Considered, and has appeared often on Meet the Press, the Today show and other television programs.
Born in Washington, D.C., in 1943, Kaiser graduated from Yale College in 1964, where he was a member of Elihu senior society. He received a masters degree from the London School of Economics in 1967. He is married to Hannah Jopling, an anthropologist, and has two daughters, Charlotte and Emily.
Kaiser is the author of eight books:
- Cold Winter, Cold War, (1974)
- Russia, The People and the Power, (1976)
- Great American Dreams, (with Jon Lowell, 1978)
- Russia from the Inside, (with Hannah Jopling Kaiser, 1980)
- Why Gorbachev Happened, (1991)
- The News About the News: American Journalism in Peril, (with Leonard Downie, Jr., 2002)
- So Damn Much Money: The Triumph of Lobbying and the Corrosion of American Government (2009)
- Act of Congress: How America's Essential Institution Works, and How It Doesn't (May 7, 2013)
The News About The News won Harvard University's Goldsmith prize for the best book of 2002 on politics and the news media. His dispatches from Moscow won the Overseas Press Club award for best foreign correspondence of the year in 1975. In 2003 he won the National Press Club prize for best diplomatic reporting of the year.
- Robert G. Kaiser; Alice Crites (research contributor) (2007). "Citizen K Street: How lobbying became Washington's biggest business -- Big money creates a new capital city. As lobbying booms, Washington and politics are transformed.". Washington Post. Retrieved 2012-01-13.
- Author bio at Alfred A. Knopf
- Articles by Robert G. Kaiser at The Washington Post
- Knopf Speakers Bureau: Distinguished Authors, Distinctive Lectures
- Washington: Will the Lobbyists Win? Michael Tomasky's review of So Damn Much Money from The New York Review of Books
- Booknotes interview with Kaiser on Why Gorbachev Happened, June 2, 1991.
- Washington: Will the Lobbyists Win? book 2009 review by Michael Tomasky