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Linda Killian

Senior Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
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    Linda Killian’s latest book is THE SWING VOTE: The Untapped Power of Independents, published by St. Martin’s Press. The book focuses on four key swing states – Colorado, Ohio, New Hampshire and Virginia - that will be critical in the 2012 election. Killian presents a new model of the swing voters and reveals four key demographic groups – NPR Republicans, America First Democrats, The Facebook Generation, and Starbucks Moms and Dads. She describes the intense disappointment and frustration these voters have with the political system and examines the heightened polarization of Democratic and Republican elected officials and their inability to deal with our nation’s most important problems. In THE SWING VOTE Killian offers solutions for fixing our broken political system and ways for the Independent voters to make their voices heard.

    She is a columnist and national political writer for The Atlantic and Politico and has written for Newsweek/The Daily Beast, Politics Daily, and U.S. News & World She appears frequently as a national political analyst on national television and radio including MSNBC’s The Dylan Ratigan Show, Now with Alex Wagner, and The Cycle; The NewsHour on PBS speaking with Judy Woodruff; C-SPAN’s Washington Journal and AfterWords; Current TV’s The War Room with Jennifer Granholm and The Young Turks; Hardball with Chris Matthews, and the Fox News Channel. She is also a member of CNN’s 2012 “Out Front Political Strike Team”. She has also appeared on WNYC’s The Takeaway, Sirius Radio, WHYY in Philadelphia and on National Public Radio public affairs shows in Miami, Detroit, St. Louis, Cleveland, Columbus, New Hampshire, Maine, Connecticut, San Francisco, Seattle, Portland, Chicago, and Boston.

    Her previous book, The Freshmen: What Happened to the Republican Revolution? was praised by The New York Review of Books and other reviewers as a colorful, well-written and insightful analysis of what happened to the congressional Republicans of 1994. The Freshmen reveals the maneuvering and intrigues, the successes and failures of the historic 104th Republican Congress.

    She is a frequent speaker and lecturer on politics and public affairs and her work has also appeared in The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The New Republic, The Weekly Standard, The American Spectator, The Christian Science Monitor, The Boston Globe, Redbook, Washingtonian and People magazines.

    She is the creator and former director of the Boston University Washington Journalism Center and a former Boston University professor of journalism.

    She was also the senior editor of National Public Radio’s All Things Considered where she was responsible for the editorial content of NPR’s national evening news program. Prior to that, she was a reporter at Forbes magazine in New York and for several major daily newspapers including The Oregonian and for United Press International.

    She has a Master’s degree in public administration from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.


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