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Joe Klein joined The New Yorker in December, 1996, as a Washington correspondent; he writes the "Letter from Washington" column. Mr. Klein is based in New York, but works out of both cities.
Mr. Klein came to The New Yorker from Newsweek, where he served for the past four years as a political reporter and columnist. He joined Newsweek during the Presidential race of May, 1992, and his column, "Public Lives," addressed both national and international affairs. In 1994, he received a National Headliner Award for "Public Lives." His Newsweek reporting also helped the magazine earn a National Magazine Award for Best Single-Topic Issue (on Bill Clinton's 1992 victory). Joe Klein was also a consultant for CBS from 1992 to 1996.
As "Anonymous," Mr. Klein is the author of the critically acclaimed novel Primary Colors, which was inspired by the 1992 Presidential race. Primary Colors spent twenty-five weeks on the Times hardcover bestseller list--nine of them at the number one spot--following its publication in January of 1996. The paperback edition of the book, published in the fall of 1996, was also a national bestseller.
From 1987 to 1992, Mr. Klein was a political columnist at New York, where he won a number of awards including the Peter Khiss Award, which honors reporting on New York City government and public affairs, for a series on the 1989 mayoral campaign.
In addition, he has written articles and book reviews for The New Republic, the Times, the Washington Post, Life, Rolling Stone, and other publications.
Joe Klein began his journalism career as a reporter with the Essex County Newspapers in Massachusetts in 1969. In 1972 he worked as a reporter for WGBH-TV in Boston, and from 1972 to 1974 he was a news editor at The Real Paper, also in Boston. From 1975 to 1980 he was a contributing editor for Rolling Stone, serving also as its Washington bureau chief from 1975 to 1977.
Mr. Klein graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in American civilization. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and is a former Guggenheim fellow. He lives with his wife and two children in Westchester County, New York, and he is also the father of two adult sons.