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Richard L. Wolffe (born 17 September 1968) is a liberal British-American journalist, MSNBC commentator, and author of the Barack Obama books Renegade: The Making of a President (Crown, June 2009) and Revival: The Struggle for Survival Inside the Obama White House (Crown, November 2010). Richard Wolffe is a US columnist for The Guardian. He was most recently vice president and executive editor of MSNBC.com.
Life and career
Wolffe was born to an English father and a Moroccan mother in Birmingham, England. He is Jewish. He is a 1992 graduate of Oxford University, first-class honours, in English and French literature, having attended the fee-paying independent school, King Edward's School, Birmingham.
He took the Westminster Press diploma in journalism, starting with the pre-entry course at Hastings in autumn 1992 while a trainee reporter with the Brighton Argus, and moved to the Financial Times and thereafter Newsweek.
Wolffe covered the entire length of Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign for Newsweek magazine, traveling with the candidate and his inner circle from his announcement through election day, 21 months later.
He is a political analyst on MSNBC, having appeared frequently on Countdown with Keith Olbermann and Hardball with Chris Matthews. On NBC, he was featured as a political commentator on Meet The Press and TODAY. He features prominently in the forthcoming HBO documentary on the Obama campaign, and played a leading role in the HBO documentary of the 2000 Bush campaign, Journeys With George. He has also appeared on CNN and Fox News, as well as international media including British, Canadian and Australian television.
As Newsweek’s senior White House correspondent, his cover stories included "What He Believes" (on Obama’s faith), "Black & White" (about Obama and racial politics), "Bush In The Bubble" (after Hurricane Katrina), and "Weight of the World" (how Bush handled the Lebanon War). Wolffe joined Newsweek in November 2002 as diplomatic correspondent, covering foreign policy and international affairs. In the 2004 presidential election, he covered the Howard Dean campaign before switching to John Kerry.
Before Newsweek, Wolffe was a senior journalist at the Financial Times, serving as its deputy bureau chief and U.S. diplomatic correspondent in Washington. He reported on U.S. foreign policy, covered the Microsoft antitrust trial, as well as regulatory and business issues at the US Department of the Treasury, the Federal Trade Commission and the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Wolffe is the co-author of The Victim’s Fortune, (HarperCollins, 2002), about the deals that led to billions of dollars in compensation to the Nazis’ victims in the late 1990s. He also co-authored two Spanish cookbooks, Tapas: A Taste of Spain in America (Clarkson Potter in the US and Planeta in Spain, 2005) and Made in Spain: Spanish Dishes for the American Kitchen (Clarkson Potter, 2008). He has also written for food magazines such as Food Arts and Food & Wine. He authored a book on Obama's campaign called Renegade: The Making of a President.
In July 2009, Richard Wolffe guest hosted a few episodes of Countdown with Keith Olbermann. He came under fire from liberal bloggers shortly afterward due to his position at Public Strategies. Olbermann apologized, claiming he was caught "flat-footed" and announcing that Wolffe would not appear on Countdown until his activities outside of MSNBC were reviewed. On October 1, 2009 Richard Wolffe appeared on Countdown discussing Sarah Palin. Olbermann wrote at Daily Kos that "the broadcast network's very tough practices exec vetted this other job (and as indicated, the work he's done for us), found no interrelation." Wolffe left Public Strategies two months later.
In October 2012, it was announced that Wolffe would serve as VP and executive editor of MSNBC.com, scheduled to launch in early 2013. He also lectures at many universities and institutes. In September 2009, Wolffe lectured on the topic Who is Barack Obama at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm College.
On the 29 January 2013 edition of The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell, Wolffe mentioned that he had recently become a naturalized US citizen, although he did not give a specific date.
Wolffe appears in a cameo role in the 2013 motion picture The Incredible Burt Wonderstone.
- Wolffe, Richard (September 2013). The Message: The Reselling of President Obama. Twelve. ISBN 978-1455581566.
- Wolffe, Richard (November 2010). Revival: The Struggle for Survival Inside the Obama White House. Crown Publishing Group. ISBN 978-0-307-71741-2.
- Wolffe, Richard (June 2009). Renegade: The Making of a President. Crown Publishing Group. ISBN 978-0-307-46312-8.
- Andrés, José; Wolffe, Richard (November 2008). Made in Spain: Spanish Dishes for the American Kitchen. Clarkson Potter. ISBN 978-0-307-38263-4.
- Andrés, José; Wolffe, Richard (November 2005). Tapas: A Taste Of Spain In America. Clarkson Potter. ISBN 978-1-4000-5359-9.
- Authers, John; Wolffe, Richard (July 2003). The Victim’s Fortune: Inside the Epic Battle Over the Debts of the Holocaust. HarperCollins. ISBN 978-0-06-093687-7.
- Richard Wolffe, Renegade: The Making of a President (New York: Crown, 2009), p. 330.
- Richard Wolffe, Renegade: The Making of a President (New York: Crown, 2009), p. 331.
- "Back to journalism for MSNBC's Richard Wolffe". The Washington Post.
- Richard Wolffe official website
- Column archive at The Daily Beast
- Profile at MSNBC
- Appearances on C-SPAN
- Richard Wolffe on Charlie Rose
- Richard Wolffe at the Internet Movie Database
- Works by or about Richard Wolffe in libraries (WorldCat catalog)
- User Profile for Richard Wolffe, Take Back America 2007 conference