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David Rennie

Washington Bureau Chief of The Economist
  • Spent the last two decades writing about political trends across Europe and the U.S.
  • Reported on the historic 2016 election from across the country
  • International perspective on the rise of nationalism and populism globally
  • Thought-provoking political insight leaves audiences hopeful and uplifted
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David Rennie is the Washington bureau chief for The Economist, the world’s most influential news magazine of business and politics. He has spent the past decade writing weekly columns for The Economist, starting with its column on Europe (bylined “Charlemagne”) then its column on Britain (bylined “Bagehot”) and finally its column on America (bylined “Lexington”).

As Washington bureau chief he has profiled presidential candidates and political leaders at the national, state and local level, including interviewing Donald Trump multiple times. He has spent many months on the road, taking the view that American politics cannot be understood from an office inside the Beltway. He has traveled with U.S. cabinet secretaries on official trips around the globe to a dozen countries.

Rennie’s access to decision-makers and his almost-weekly reporting trips around the country and world have given him a front-row seat as populist forces have upended governments and elites across the West. Few other commentators are as qualified to explore and explain the links between events like Brexit and the election of Donald Trump, and what may come next.

Rennie became a full-time journalist after college, working for the London Evening Standard from 1992 to 1996. He joined the London Daily Telegraph in 1996, moving to the foreign department in 1998 with postings in Sydney, Australia, Beijing, Washington, D.C., and Brussels. From 2006 until he joined The Economist, he was also a contributing editor of the Spectator magazine.

As a foreign correspondent David Rennie has reported from more than 50 countries and 44 U.S. states. He has covered riots, earthquakes and, in 2001, the U.S.-led war against the Taliban in Afghanistan, where he embedded with Northern Alliance fighters. In China, he watched giant economic forces transform lives and reshape the country for good and ill. He has interviewed the world’s richest and most powerful people as well as its poorest, from famine-struck Mongolian nomads to children being smuggled out of North Korea. He has covered elections on four continents, interviewing presidents and prime ministers, opposition leaders and dissidents.

Rennie joined The Economist in 2007, and, from 2007 to 2010, wrote the weekly column on Europe, based in Brussels. The job took him to national capitals and far-flung regions across the continent, and gave him an insider’s view as financial turmoil exposed the shaky foundations of the European project. His early warnings that the E.U. also faced a crisis of democratic legitimacy earned him invitations to lecture at Harvard and Boston University in 2009 and the 2010 UACES/Thomson Reuters “Reporting Europe” award.

From 2010 to 2012 Rennie wrote the magazine’s column on Britain, based in London. As British political editor he travelled the world with the then prime minister David Cameron. In 2012 he wrote a short book on Britain’s strained relations with Europe for the Centre for European Reform, a think-tank, predicting—four years ahead of the Brexit vote—that “British membership of the E.U. can no longer be taken for granted – especially if the euro-sceptics are accorded their wish of a referendum on membership.”

Rennie is a frequent guest on radio and television, working to put far-flung or complex issues into context for American audiences. He often appears on NPR and other public radio networks, on such news shows as Morning Edition, All Things Considered and The World, and on such political panel shows as On Point, the Diane Rehm Show and its new successor, 1A. He has talked about U.S. foreign policy, Brexit and other global issues on PBS Newshour, the Charlie Rose show and on CBS Face the Nation. He is a regular panelist on Voice of America radio.

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