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Richard Wolffe      

Digital Executive, Best-Selling Author & Columnist at The Guardian

Richard Wolffe is a best-selling author, journalist and digital media executive, with extensive experience covering politics and foreign policy across multiple platforms. He currently writes a twice-weekly column for The Guardian, focusing on U.S. politics.

Wolffe is also Chief Marketing Officer and Chief Digital Officer at Global Citizen, a non-profit social action platform to solve the world’s biggest challenges, and to end extreme poverty in our lifetime. In his first year at Global Citizen, Wolffe more than doubled its web traffic and grew its video views by more than 1000 percent. He also led the organization’s international launch into India and its expansion in Canada. An MSNBC political analyst for a decade, Wolffe was previously Vice-President and Executive Editor of MSNBC.com, launching the channel’s website and app in 2013 and its digital video channel in 2014. He grew MSNBC’s digital audience and revenues more than ten-fold in less than two years, winning a series of editorial, design and social impact awards.

Wolffe covered the entire length of Barack Obama’s first presidential campaign for Newsweek magazine. His book about the Obama campaign, "Renegade: The Making of a President," was first published by Crown in June 2009 and became an instant New York Times bestseller. It was internationally published in the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, India, South Africa, the Netherlands and China. His next book was "Revival: The Struggle for Survival Inside the Obama White House," which was published by Crown in November 2010. His latest book about the 2012 presidential campaign, "The Message: The Re-Selling of President Obama," was published by Twelve in 2013.

Wolffe has appeared frequently across MSNBC’s dayside and primetime shows, from "Morning Joe" to "The Last Word" with Lawrence O’Donnell. On NBC, he has featured as a political commentator on "Meet The Press" and "TODAY." He was featured prominently in the HBO documentary on the Obama campaign, "By the People," and played a leading role in the HBO documentary of the 2000 Bush campaign, "Journeys with George."

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 managed coverage of business and political affairs in the nation’s capital, and reported on U.S. foreign policy at the State Department and National Security Council. He first started reporting on George W. Bush and his Texas team in 1999, at the start of the presidential campaign. He traveled with then-Governor Bush for more than a year, through the extraordinary election of 2000. 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.

He joined Newsweek magazine in November 2002 as diplomatic correspondent, covering foreign policy and international affairs. In the 2004 presidential election, he covered the chaotic Howard Dean campaign before switching to John Kerry’s campaign. As Newsweek’s senior White House correspondent, his cover stories included What He Believes (on Obama’s faith), Black & White (about Obama and racial politics), 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).

Wolffe is the co-author of The Victim’s Fortune (HarperCollins, 2002), which reveals the behind-the-scenes deals that led to billions of dollars in compensation to the Nazis’ victims in the late 1990s. Along with his friend, the award-winning chef José Andrés, Wolffe is also the co-author of a Spanish cookbook, "Tapas: A Taste of Spain in America." Together, they co-wrote a follow-up cookbook, "Made in Spain," published in 2008, along with a 26-part TV show for PBS television. They have also written together for food magazines such as Food Arts and Food and Wine.

Born in Birmingham, England, Wolffe graduated from Oxford University with first-class honors in English and French.

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Politics Today - A Comprehensive Look at the Dynamics and Characters Shaping Our World

Obama came into power promising big changes at home and overseas, but was it too much for the nation and for business? What will his second term bring to the electorate? The Republicans promised change when they took back the House of Representatives in the 2010 elections but all the nation experienced was a stalled, divided government. Richard Wolffe, a political analyst with global experience covering the biggest stories of the last decade, offers a road map to understanding the dynamics, characters and disputes that shape the White House, Congress, the world beyond the Beltway. From what's happening in Washington and onWall Street to what's going on inWestminster and the West Bank, Richard Wolffe can make sense of it all.

From Crisis to Crisis:

What Lies Ahead for President Obama and his White House?

In the years since his extraordinary election, President Obama has lurched from crisis to crisis, from epic highs to disastrous lows. Why does President Obama keep sinking into these holes and how does he dig his way out? What does it say about his character, his management style, and his inner circle? What role is played by the political and media culture of today’s Washington? With unrivaled access to the President and his inner circle, Richard Wolffe reveals the true story of a deeply divided White House. Drawing on his unmatched experience of covering the length of the Obama campaign, Wolffe explains how the second half of Obama’s presidency will change – and how it will stay the same – with a new team inside the West Wing.

Campaign Circus:

The Road to the White House in 2012

The 2012 Presidential election is underway, and after three change elections in succession – in 2006, 2008 and 2010 – voters have not lost their appetite for rejecting the establishment and gambling on newcomers. How will the public mood and the politics of Washington shape the field of Republican hopefuls? What is the path to the nomination, and what kind of candidates can navigate it? What are the chances of a serious primary challenge to President Obama? Drawing on the experience of intensively covering three presidential campaigns – Bush in 2000, Kerry in 2004, and Obama in 2008 – Richard Wolffe explains what kind of skills and characters will succeed in 2012 and what kind of challenges they will face from journalists. The dynamics of the two parties have changed dramatically over the last decade, and so have the candidates who can win the biggest prize in politics.

It’s the Economy, Stupid:

What Business Can Expect From President Obama and Washington

Where does President Obama fit on the economic spectrum? What advice and relationships does he rely on as he crafts business legislation? In its first phase, the Obama White House was confronting economic and financial collapse. In its second phase, it began a broad effort to find a balance between business and government. Now in its third phase, Obama’s team is leaning heavily on new regulations. Drawing on unrivalled access at the White House, as well as a decade of financial and business journalism, Richard Wolffe explains how the new economic and political teams inside the West Wing – and a new presidential focus on deficits and the political center – will shape the business outlook in the Obama presidency.

America First:

The Future of American Leadership in a Rapidly Changing World

Is President Obama a dove or a hawk? Where do America’s most important alliances stand after two years of his presidency? Where will he lead the world on terrorism, free trade, climate change, and the Middle East? Obama’s interactions with the emerging economies of China, India and Brazil are shaped not just by his dealings with their leaders but by his personal appeal to their massive populations. Obama has a hugely ambitious agenda that contrasts sharply with his predecessor’s – both in style and substance. Will the Obama agenda have any impact in a world that seems to be spinning away from American dominance? Or will the world naturally lean towards American leadership as it has so many times before? Based on exclusive interviews with Obama over the last four years, and drawing on decades of foreign policy expertise, Richard Wolffe explains how the next two years of American diplomacy and power will be critical not just to a presidential legacy, but also to the shape of a new world order that is rapidly emerging.

The International Business Environment

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. There he covered business and political affairs and reported on U.S. foreign policy. His earlier work for the Financial Times also 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. With an extensive background in financial and business reporting for more than eight years, Wolffe addresses the current global fiscal crisis and the economy.

World Affairs

As a political analyst in both the United Kingdom and America, Richard Wolffe appears as a commentator frequently on MSNBC, NBC, CNN, Fox News, and international media including British, Canadian, and Australian television. A journalist for both the Financial Times and Newsweek, he covered U.S. foreign policy during a post-9/11 era and the war in Iraq. Wolffe has also extensively interviewed two Presidents – George W. Bush and Barak Obama – and their national security aides on foreign policy. Wolffe’s understanding of American leadership in the world was also shaped by his perspective as a widely-travelled journalist and analyst born in Europe who has personal ties to North Africa and the Middle East. He addresses world affairs from a holistic perspective and gives a fresh viewpoint on the world’s most pressing issues.

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