Paula Broadwell

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Paula Broadwell
Paula Broadwell.jpg
Broadwell in July 2011
Born Paula Dean Kranz
(1972-11-09) November 9, 1972 (age 43)[1]
Bismarck, North Dakota, U.S.[2]
Occupation Journalist, military officer
Language English
Nationality American
Alma mater
Notable works All In: The Education of General David Petraeus
Spouse Scott Broadwell
Children 2

Paula Dean Broadwell (née Kranz; born November 9, 1972[1]) is an American writer, academic and former military officer.[3][4] Broadwell is known for her role in the extramarital affair that ended the career of David Petraeus as the director of the CIA.[5][6][7] Broadwell sent anonymous threats to Dr. Scott Kelley and his wife Jill, a woman with military and diplomatic connections, who reported the threats to authorities.[8] The FBI investigation into Broadwell ultimately ended Petraeus' term as CIA director[7] and resulted in the revocation of Broadwell's security clearance.[7][9] Charges against Broadwell were dropped, but according to the Army, a separate investigation was launched after the discovery of unauthorized classified documents in Broadwell's possession during the initial FBI investigation.[7][9][10]

She co-authored, with Vernon Loeb, All In: The Education of General David Petraeus,[11] a biography of then International Security Assistance Force commander David Petraeus.[12][13]

Early life and education[edit]

Born and reared as Paula Kranz in Bismarck, North Dakota, she attended Century High School, where she was homecoming queen, valedictorian of the class of 1991,[14] and an All-State basketball player.[3] Her parents, Paul and Nadene Kranz, divorced when she was a teenager. Her father was a high school basketball coach.[15] In 2006 she was inducted into the Century High School hall of fame.[16]

Broadwell graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1995 with a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering and political geography.[17][18] She earned a Master of Arts degree in international security from the University of Denver's Josef Korbel School of International Studies in 2006.[19][20] She earned a Master of Public Administration degree from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University in 2008.[21][22] The Washington Post has reported that Broadwell had earlier (2007) been asked to withdraw from Harvard's Ph.D. program, as her coursework reportedly did not meet the university's standards.[23] Broadwell is a Research Associate in the Kennedy School's Center for Public Leadership Fellows.[24] In 2008, she entered the PhD program at Department of War Studies at King's College London.[25] As of February 2014 Broadwell is listed as a "former student" [26] presumably without receiving a Ph.D. Her lead supervisor at KCL was Lawrence Freedman.


Broadwell served in the United States Army and the United States Army Reserve. She was approved for promotion to lieutenant colonel in the Reserve as of August 2012.[27] In February 2013 it was reported that the Army had revoked Broadwell's promotion to lieutenant colonel. She was classified as ineligible for promotion due to being under investigation by the Army for the Petraeus affair scandal. It was also reported that she would not be eligible for promotion until the investigation was fully resolved.[28]

Broadwell was deputy director of the Jebsen Center for Counter-Terrorism Studies at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.[4] She also worked with the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force.[4]

In 2006, shortly before meeting Petraeus, Broadwell applied for a job with the FBI. A retired FBI agent quoted by The Daily Beast has suggested that the FBI would have been very impressed with her qualifications and experience. The FBI offered her a job, but Broadwell decided instead to go to Harvard University.[29]

Broadwell met Petraeus in 2006 when he was a speaker at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.[30] She was a graduate student at the University of Denver at that time.[30] According to The Charlotte Observer, she told him about her research interests after he spoke.[30] He handed her his card and offered his help.[30] She began a doctoral dissertation that included a case study of his leadership, with Petraeus fully cooperating.[30] Broadwell then co-authored a biography of Petraeus, All In: The Education of General David Petraeus, with Vernon Loeb that was published in January 2012.[31] The writer Joshua Foust has challenged the accuracy of Broadwell's account of the US destruction of the Afghan village of Khosrow Sofla.[32]

Broadwell has also written for the New York Times and the Boston Globe.[33][34] Her public speaking engagements have included addressing a group of Republican women in October 2012 organized by the then Colorado House Majority Leader Amy Stephens.[35][36]

In June 2009 and June 2011 Broadwell attended meetings on Afghanistan-Pakistan policy in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, which is part of the White House complex.[37]

Personal life[edit]

Marriage and family[edit]

Broadwell is married to Dr. Scott Broadwell, an interventional radiologist who graduated from George Washington University School of Medicine in 1996.[4] They reside in Charlotte, North Carolina, and have two young sons.[30]

The couple met in 2000, when they were both active duty US Army captains. Scott Broadwell was then a physician and commander of the Mannheim military clinic in Germany. Paula Kranz was in military intelligence. They were married in Heidelberg Castle, with Lt. Col. Ronald Leininger, a Protestant Army chaplain, officiating.[38]

Petraeus affair[edit]

Main article: Petraeus scandal
Paula Broadwell and General David Petraeus, July 13, 2011

About May 2012 Jill Kelley began to receive emails that she considered to be threatening and harassing. She contacted the FBI, which traced the emails to Broadwell.[39] The emails reportedly indicated that Broadwell suspected Kelley of starting an affair with General David Petraeus, who was a friend of Kelley.[39] Although the sending of the emails was deemed to be insufficient grounds for a criminal charge, the FBI called Broadwell in for questioning, at which time she admitted to the affair with Petraeus.[39] After Broadwell turned over her computer, classified documents were found, leading to further FBI scrutiny of her relationship with Petraeus.[39][40] Although Petraeus was not identified as the provider of the documents, the affair was revealed in early November 2012 and was cited by Petraeus as the reason for his resignation on November 9.[3][41]

When the news of the scandal became public, Broadwell spent time away from her husband and family secluded in Washington D.C. at the home of her brother, Stephen Kranz. At the same time her home in Charlotte, North Carolina, was being searched by the FBI. She subsequently returned home to her family.[42] The media has taken note of how Scott and Paula Broadwell have tried to get back to normal life.[38]

Following the revelations about her relationship with Petraeus, Broadwell has retained the services of former Clinton press secretary Dee Dee Myers[43] with the public relations firm The Glover Park Group. The founders of the group have previously served as officials in the Clinton White House and on the presidential campaign of former vice president Al Gore.[44]

It was announced December 18, 2012, the United States Department of Justice would not charge Broadwell with cyberstalking.[45]


  1. ^ a b Shane, Scott; Stolberg, Sheryl Gay (November 10, 2012). "A Brilliant Career With a Meteoric Rise and an Abrupt Fall". The New York Times. Retrieved November 11, 2012.  "Ms. Broadwell, who was born while Mr. Petraeus was a West Point cadet and turned 40 on Friday, ...".
  2. ^ Grossman, Samantha (November 12, 2012). "Paula Broadwell, David Petraeus’ Biographer and Alleged Mistress". Time. Retrieved November 12, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c Shear, Michael, D. (November 9, 2012). "Woman Linked to Petraeus Is a West Point Graduate and Lifelong High Achiever." The New York Times.
  4. ^ a b c d "Paula Broadwell (MA ’06)" (PDF). Alumni Relations. University of Denver. Retrieved November 11, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Petraeus resigns after affair with biographer turned up in FBI probe, Fox News confirms". Fox News. November 9, 2012. 
  6. ^ Horwitz, Sari; Kindy, Kimberly; Wilson, Scott (November 13, 2012). "Petraeus hoped affair would stay secret and he could keep his job as CIA director". The Washington Post. 
  7. ^ a b c d "Altman: Military can learn from Amazon’s approach". February 16, 2014. 
  8. ^ Steinhauer, Jennifer (January 5, 2014). "From Petraeus Scandal, an Apostle for Privacy". The New York Times. 
  9. ^ a b ABC News. "Paula Broadwell Stripped of Secret Clearance Amid Petraeus Scandal". ABC News. 
  10. ^ U.S. News (April 24, 2015). "Petraeus' biographer Paula Broadwell under FBI investigation over access to his email, law enforcement officials say". NBC News. 
  11. ^ Cowles, Gregory (February 26, 2012). "Bestsellers February 26, 2012". The New York Times. Retrieved November 11, 2012. 
  12. ^ Stein, Jeff (November 10, 2012). "Covert Affairs: A short history of spies and their sex scandals.". Foreign Affairs. Retrieved November 11, 2012. 
  13. ^ Morella, Michael (February 17, 2012). "General David Petraeus's Leadership and Legacy". U.S. News & World Report. 
  14. ^ Barney, Madison (January 30, 2012). Bismarck native profiles Gen. David Petraeus in new book. Bismarck Tribune.
  15. ^ "David Petraeus scandal: Paula Broadwell voted homecoming queen in high school". November 12, 2012. Retrieved November 16, 2012.
  16. ^ "CHS : Hall of Fame : 2006 Induction". 
  17. ^ Gross,an, Samantha (November 12, 2012). Paula Broadwell, David Petraeus’ Biographer and Alleged Mistress. Time.
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  19. ^ Paula Broadwell (MA '06). via University of Denver.
  20. ^ Davidson, Joanne (June 17, 2004). Back-to-back accolades for DU's Ritchie. The Denver Post.
  21. ^ Broadwell, Paula (August 30, 2005). Iraq's doomed police training. Boston Globe.
  22. ^ "Speaker profile: Paula Broadwell". Penguin Speakers bureau. Archived from the original on November 13, 2012. 
  23. ^ Greg Jaffe and Anne Gearan (November 15, 2012). "Paula Broadwell’s drive and resilience hit obstacles". The Washington Post. Retrieved December 10, 2012. 
  24. ^ "David Petraeus: Paula Broadwell, Jill Kelley, the Story Behind the Women Who Brought Down CIA Head". Fox News Latino. 
  25. ^ Paula D Broadwell student page via King's College London.
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  27. ^ Rothacker, Rick (November 11, 2012). "Petraeus relationship leads to book, scandal for Broadwell". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved November 11, 2012. 
  28. ^ Barbara Starr (February 20, 2013). "Paula Broadwell military promotion revoked". CNN. Retrieved February 21, 2013. 
  29. ^ Daly, Michael (November 16, 2009). "Paula Broadwell, FBI Agent?". The Daily Beast. 
  30. ^ a b c d e f Kelley, Pam (January 24, 2012). "Charlotte author chronicles Gen. Petraeus' war career". Charlotte Observer. Archived from the original on February 23, 2013. Retrieved November 11, 2012. 
  31. ^ Broadwell, Paula with Vernon Loeb (2012). All In: The Education of General David Petraeus. Penguin, ISBN 9781101552308
  32. ^ Foust, Joshua: Paula Broadwell’s Dishonest Portrayal of Tarok Kolache, Registan, February 19, 2011.
  33. ^ Broadwell, Paula (October 20, 2009). "Women at War". The New York Times. 
  34. ^ Broadwell, Paula (December 12, 2006). "The growing role of women in terrorism". Boston Globe. 
  35. ^ GOP women highlighted in splashy soiree The Denver Post: 'The Spot' for Politics and Policy blog October 10, 2012.
  36. ^ Eli Stokols, Colorado lawmaker recalls Paula Broadwell at GOP fundraiser KDVR Denver, November 12, 2012.
  37. ^ James Nye and Snejana Farberov (November 19, 2012). "Revealed: White House lawyer gave Jill Kelley access to President's home THREE times (and Paula Broadwell's been there twice as well) |". UK Daily Mail - Mail Online (London). Retrieved December 10, 2012. 
  38. ^ a b Daly, Michael (November 21, 2012). "Scott Broadwell Proves to Be a Class Act in the Wake of His Wife’s Affair". The Daily Beast. Retrieved December 7, 2012. 
  39. ^ a b c d Horwitz, Sari (November 10, 2012). "FBI probe of Petraeus triggered by e-mail threats from biographer, officials say". The Washington Post. Retrieved November 11, 2012. 
  40. ^ FBI Scrutinized on Petraeus: Complaints by Female Social Planner Led to Email Trail That Undid CIA Chief The Wall Street Journal November 11, 2012.
  41. ^ Stenovec, Timothy (November 9, 2012). "Paula Broadwell, David Petraeus Biographer, Reportedly Woman Involved In CIA Director's Affair". Huffington Post. Retrieved November 10, 2012. 
  42. ^ Cleve R. Wootson Jr. and Elisabeth Arriero (November 13, 2012). "Paula Broadwell's Charlotte home is searched by FBI for 4 hours". Charlotte Observer. Retrieved December 7, 2012. 
  43. ^ Shane, Scott (November 20, 2012). "Second Act of a Scandal: Cue the Superlawyers and the Spinmasters". The New York Times. Retrieved December 9, 2012. 
  44. ^ Sudhaman, Arun (November 29, 2011). "Glover Park Acquired By WPP". The Holmes Report. Retrieved December 6, 2011. 
  45. ^ Johnson, Kevin (December 18, 2012). "Petraeus mistress won't face cyberstalking charge". USA Today. Retrieved 18 December 2012. 

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