Craig Crawford

Craig Crawford

Current events, media, Politics

Craig Crawford is a veteran Washington journalist. He has covered the nation’s capital since 1989 for a variety of publications and broadcasters, including Congressional Quarterly, Roll Call, National Journal, The Hotline, The Orlando Sentinel, CBS News, MSNBC and “Imus in the Morning” on Fox Business.

Crawford blogs daily on a wide range of national issues. His writings appear regularly in newspapers and web sites throughout the country, and his blog features a large community of active and lively participants in its comments sections. He is often featured on a variety of national television and radio programs.

Before joining Congressional Quarterly in 2003, Crawford was Editor-in-Chief of The Hotline, an online news digest that is an institution inside the Beltway and out. Prior to running The Hotline, Crawford was The Orlando Sentinel’s Washington Bureau Chief and had been working for the newspaper since 1985 covering legal issues, politics and presidential campaigns.

Crawford practiced law in Florida, specializing in products liability, before becoming a journalist. He also once ran unsuccessfully for a state legislative seat in Orlando (1982) and worked in three Democratic presidential campaigns (1976-84: Jimmy Carter, John Glenn, Walter Mondale), so he has seen both sides of the media and politics world. Although no longer practicing law, Crawford is still a licensed attorney in the Florida Bar.

While in high school, Crawford served as a United States Senate page (1972, appointed by Sen. Ed Gurney, R-Florida) and as a college student worked in the White House Press Office (1977, Carter Administration). He has lived in Washington, DC, since 1989 with his partner, David Blank, and in 2000 was hailed by The Washington Post as “one of the capital’s most celebrated journalists.”

Craig is the author of Attack the Messenger, (Rowman & Littlefield) and The Politics of Life (Rowman & Littlefield) - most recently available in paperback.  He is also the co-author of Listen Up, Mr. President: Everything You Always Wanted Your President to Know and Do.  All of his books may be purchased on

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Joined Congressional Quarterly in March 2003; MSNBC/CNBC (2002-present); CBS News (2000-present); The Hotline (1997-2003); Orlando Sentinel Washington DC Bureau Chief (1989-1997); Orlando Sentinel legal columnist, political reporter (1985-1989); Mondale/Ferraro general election campaign, GA State Field Director (1984); John Glenn Presidential primary campaign, AL State Field Director (1984); Lawyer specializing in product liability, Orlando, FL (1981-1984), currently a member of The Florida Bar; White House Special Assistant, Media Liaison (1977); U.S. Senate Page (1972); B.A., Stetson University, DeLand, FL, 1978; Juris Doctor, Stetson College of Law, St. Petersburg, FL, 1981.

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