David Maraniss is a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and author who currently serves as associate editor at the Washington Post, a publication he has written for since 1977. In 2008, the Post assigned Maraniss the job of biographer for their coverage of presidential candidate Barack Obama. Maraniss has won nearly every major prize in journalism and nonfiction writing, and has authored 12 books, including First in His Class: A Biography of Bill Clinton (1995) and Barack Obama: The Story (2012). In addition to winning two Pulitzer Prizes, one for National Reporting for his coverage of Bill Clinton in 1993, and another as part of a team that covered the Virginia Tech shooting in 2007, he has also won the George Polk Award, the Robert F. Kennedy Book Prize, the Anthony Lukas Book Prize, and the Frankfurt eBook Award. Maraniss is a fellow in the Society of American Historians as well as a distinguished visiting professor at Vanderbilt University.
"I want to write for history, not for the moment."