Co-Founder and Executive Editor of POLITICO
Jim VandeHei is co-founder and executive editor of POLITICO, the highly influential political web site and newspaper that Washingtonian magazine hailed as a “media phenomenon.” VandeHei, along with co-founder John Harris, left the Washington Post in 2006 to create the all-politics-all-the-time site, and the company has been a smashing success ever since. More than three million unique readers visit the site each month, and more than 30,000 of the nation’s political leaders read its Washington-based newspaper. Drawing on 15 years of experience in Washington journalism, VandeHei directs POLITICO’s editorial content and oversees its business strategy – amalgamating old media values of fairness and accuracy with the speed and immediacy of new technologies.
Exclusively represented by Leading Authorities speakers bureau, Jim VandeHei combines his career as an on-the-beat political reporter with his experience creating an innovative media outlet that is helping define political discourse in America. With a close-up view of what really happens in Washington, VandeHei brings a frontline journalist’s insight and insider knowledge to every speech. VandeHei is better positioned than virtually anyone else to pull back the curtain on Washington and address what is really happening inside the White House and on Capitol Hill. He addresses politics, Congress, the White House, political campaigns, the future of journalism, and new media.
Accolades. Vanity Fair recently named VandeHei among the 100 most powerful “Information Age” thinkers for helping create “the model for the new media success story.” Washingtonian magazine named him one of the 100 people to watch in the new millennium, and VandeHei and John Harris were named the fifth most influential U.S. pundits by the London Telegraph. In 2009, VandeHei was also selected as the first representative of a primarily online news organization to serve on the Pulitzer Board.
The Real News in Real Time. VandeHei directs the editorial coverage of the largest White House and Congressional teams in the country, and he co-moderated two presidential debates in 2008, including the first debate to incorporate questions voted on by a live online audience. He is also a regular commentator on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, CBS’s Face the Nation, and myriad other cable and network shows.
Before founding POLITICO, VandeHei spent more than a decade covering the power politics of Washington. He cut his teeth at Roll Call, where he routinely broke exclusive national stories. He moved to the Wall Street Journal in the late 1990s to cover Congress and the early years of the Bush presidency, and then the Washington Post lured him away in 2002 to cover all things political. He was the lead writer on the big Congressional debates, the 2004 presidential election, and the second term of the Bush presidency.
His expertise in a variety of areas – Congress, the White House, campaigns, lobbying, policy, and media – allows VandeHei to tailor his speeches to the specific needs and interests of his audience.
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Up-to-the-Minute Politics. Jim VandeHei takes audiences on a full tour of the complex political issues facing America today. As an accomplished reporter, editor, and founder of POLITICO, he analyzes the key figures in the White House and Congress, explaining the political background and the goings-on behind the scenes. With a new political reality in Washington, VandeHei gives an engaging, precise, and often humorous take on the decisions of the political newsmakers. With up-to-the-minute detail and an insider’s look into the White House, VandeHei discusses the key issues of President Barack Obama’s next term and the 2014 mid-term elections.
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