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Richard Wolffe

Award-Winning Journalist and Political Analyst for MSNBC
  • Covered the length of President Obama’s presidential campaign for Newsweek magazine- from announcement to election day
  • Appeared on many major news networks, including NBC, CNN, and Fox News
  • Political insider with in-depth knowledge on current events, world affairs, and the international business environment
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Richard Wolffe is an award-winning journalist and political analyst for MSNBC. He has covered three separate presidential elections, making him a White House insider and knowledgeable about President Obama and his administration. With his political and business reporting background, Wolffe addresses politics, an insider’s view of the White House, business, and world affairs.

Presidential Insider. A long-time political insider, Richard Wolffe covered the entire length of Barack Obama’s presidential campaign for Newsweek magazine, traveling with the candidate and his inner circle for 21 months, from his announcement through election day. Wolffe is the author of five books, two of which discuss President Obama:Renegade: The Making of a President, an instant New York Times best seller and widely published internationally, and, his latest, Revival: The Struggle for Survival Inside the Obama White House. The New York Times wrote of Revival that “the book showcases the author’s inside knowledge of the White House and provides some revealing insights into the president’s ambitions.” Wolffe is also prominently featured in the HBO documentary on the Obama campaign, By the People. As the senior White House correspondent, Wolffe has also written several cover stories about the President for Newsweek, including What He Believes (on Obama’s faith) and Black & White (about Obama and racial politics).

Wolffe covered President George W. Bush and his Texas team in 1999, at the start of the presidential campaign. He travelled with then-Governor Bush for more than a year, through the election of 2000. He played a leading role in the HBO documentary of the 2000 Bush campaign, Journeys with George, and his Newsweek cover stories about President Bush include W, Bush in the Bubble (about the president after Hurricane Katrina), and Weight of the World (the behind-the-scenes story of how Bush handled the Lebanon war). In the 2004 presidential election, he covered the chaotic Howard Dean campaign before switching to John Kerry’s campaign.

Political and Business Analyst. Wolffe began writing about American politics as a senior journalist at the Financial Times, serving as its deputy bureau chief and U.S. diplomatic correspondent in Washington, D.C. In that capacity, he covered business and political affairs and reported on U.S. foreign policy at the State Department and National Security Council. 

His earlier work for the Financial Times included extensive coverage of the Microsoft antitrust trial and the Clinton administration’s plans to break up the company. His work on regulatory and business issues included covering the Treasury Department, the Federal Trade Commission, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. In the United Kingdom, he also reported on the tumultuous period leading to Tony Blair’s landslide victory in 1997, and, on the business side, investment management and financial advisory firms.

Wolffe appears frequently on MSNBC as a political analyst. He has also appeared on NBC, CNN, and Fox News, as well as international media including British, Canadian, and Australian television.

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