Joan Biskupic

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Joan Biskupic (born c. 1956)[1] is an American journalist, author, and lawyer who has covered the United States Supreme Court since 1989. She has been Editor in Charge, Legal Affairs for Reuters since February 2012. From 2000 to 2012 she was the Legal Affairs Correspondent for USA Today. From 1992 to 2000, she was the Supreme Court reporter for The Washington Post, and from 1989 to 1992 she was a legal affairs writer for Congressional Quarterly.[2][3] Biskupic was awarded the 1991 Everett McKinley Dirksen Award for Distinguished Reporting on Congress for her coverage of the Clarence Thomas hearings for Congressional Quarterly.[4][5] Prior to that, she covered government and politics for the Milwaukee Journal[6] and the Tulsa Tribune.[7]

Biskupic has written a number of books on the Supreme Court, including biographies of Supreme Court Justices Sandra Day O'Connor, Antonin Scalia, and Sonia Sotomayor. She was awarded three residential fellowships at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, in 2003, 2004 and 2008, for work on these biographies.[8][9][10]

Biskupic is also a commentator who appears regularly on television and radio programs. She is a regular panelist on Washington Week with Gwen Ifill and has appeared on the NPR Diane Rehm Show, the NBC 'Today Show; ABC’s Good Morning America, ABC’s Nightline, and CBS’s Face the Nation.[11]

Biskupic received her high school diploma from Benet Academy,[12] a B.A. degree in Journalism from Marquette University, an M.A. degree in English from the University of Oklahoma, and a J.D. degree from Georgetown University Law Center. She has been a member of the District of Columbia bar since 1994.[8] Biskupic received Honorary Doctors of Laws from Georgetown University in May 2014[13] and Marquette University in May 2010.[citation needed]


  • The Supreme Court Yearbook 1989–1990, Congressional Quarterly (1991), ISBN 0-87187-590-X
  • The Supreme Court Yearbook 1990–1991, Congressional Quarterly (1992), ISBN 0-87187-637-X
  • The Supreme Court Yearbook 1991–1992, Congressional Quarterly (1992), ISBN 0-87187-716-3
  • Guide to the US Supreme Court, with Elder Witt, 3rd edition, Congressional Quarterly (1996), ISBN 1-56802-130-5
  • The Supreme Court and Individual Rights, 3rd Edition, with Elder Witt, Congressional Quarterly (1997), ISBN 1-56802-239-5
  • The Supreme Court at Work, 2nd edition, with Elder Witt, Congressional Quarterly (1997), ISBN 1-56802-323-5
  • The Supreme Court and the Powers of the American Government, with Elder Witt, Congressional Quarterly (1997), ISBN 1-56802-324-3
  • Sandra Day O'Connor: How the First Woman on the Supreme Court Became Its Most Influential Justice, Harper Collins (2005), ISBN 0-06-059018-1
  • American Original: The Life and Constitution of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, Farrar, Straus and Giroux (2009), ISBN 0-374-20289-3
  • Breaking In: The Rise of Sonia Sotomayor and the Politics of Justice, Farrar, Straus and Giroux (2014), ISBN 978-0-374-29874-6


  1. ^ "Talent Magnet". American Journalism Review. June 2000. Retrieved February 26, 2010. Joan Biskupic, the Post's 44-year-old U.S. Supreme Court reporter 
  2. ^ "Joan Biskupic". Public Broadcasting Service. Retrieved February 25, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Joan Biskupic bio". USA Today. July 24, 2000. Retrieved February 5, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Everett McKinley Dirksen Awards for Distinguished Reporting of Congress". National Press Foundation. Retrieved February 26, 2010. 
  5. ^ Bean, Peter (March 15, 2004). "Sandra Day O'Connor and the Supreme Court". Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Retrieved February 26, 2010. 
  6. ^ Joan, Biskupic (September 11, 1996). "Making case for case-by-case justice". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. p. 3E. Retrieved February 26, 2010. Joan Biskupic, a former Milwaukee Journal reporter, is the Supreme Court reporter for the Washington Post 
  7. ^ Steele, Laura (April 16, 2007). "Biskupic: High Court Coverage Isn’t for Everyone" (PDF). The Record (National Press Club) LVII (16): 2. Retrieved February 26, 2010. [dead link]
  8. ^ a b "About Joan Biskupik / Education". Retrieved February 25, 2010. 
  9. ^ "Joan Biskupic, Woodrow Wilson Center Public Policy Scholar". Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Retrieved February 26, 2010. 
  10. ^ "Annual Report October 1, 2007 – September 30, 2008" (PDF). Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Retrieved February 26, 2010. 
  11. ^ "About Joan Biskupik / Journalism". Retrieved February 25, 2010. 
  12. ^ Broz, Joan (September 22, 2008). "Former students fondly remember 'tough' Mr. White". The Daily Herald. Retrieved August 24, 2010. 
  13. ^ "Georgetown Announces Speakers for 2014 Commencement". Georgetown University. May 1, 2014. Retrieved May 1, 2014. 

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