Eleanor Clift

Eleanor Clift became a contributing editor in September 1994. She writes on the Washington power structure, the influence of women in politics and other issues.  She is currently assigned to follow the jockeying over policy and politics in the Democratic-controlled Congress, and the emerging contenders for the 2008  presidential nomination in both the Republican and Democratic parties.  Clift also writes a weekly column on Newsweek.com entitled "Capitol Letter" where she analyzes the political news of the week.


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 Eleanor Clift became a contributing editor in September 1994. She writes on the Washington power structure, the influence of women in politics and other issues.  She is currently assigned to follow the jockeying over policy and politics in the Democratic-controlled Congress, and the emerging contenders for the 2008  presidential nomination in both the Republican and Democratic parties.  Clift also writes a weekly column on Newsweek.com entitled "Capitol Letter" where she analyzes the political news of the week.

Formerly Newsweek's White House correspondent, Clift also served as congressional and political correspondent for six years. She was a keymember of the magazine's 1992 election team, following the campaign of Bill Clinton from its start to inauguration day. In June 1992 she was named deputy Washington bureau chief.

As a reporter in Newsweek's Atlanta bureau, Clift covered Jimmy Carter's bid for the presidency. She followed Carter to Washington to become Newsweek's White House correspondent, a position she held until 1985. Clift began her career as a secretary to Newsweek's National Affairs editor in New York. She was one of the first women at the magazine to move from secretary to reporter.

Clift left Newsweek briefly in 1985 to serve as White House correspondent for The Los Angeles Times. She returned to Newsweek the following year to cover the Iran-Contra scandal, which tarnished the Ronald Reagan White House.

Clift is a regular panelist on the syndicated talk show, "The McLaughlin Group," and a political analyst for the Fox News Network. She is also co-chair of the board of the International Women's Media Foundation.

Clift and her late husband, Tom Brazaitis, who was a columnist for the Cleveland Plain Dealer, wrote two books together, "War Without Bloodshed: The Art of Politics" (Scribner, 1996), and "Madam President:  Shattering the Last Glass Ceiling" (Scribner, 2000). "Madam President" is available in paperback (Routledge Press). Clift's most recent book, "Founding Sisters" is about the passage of the 19th amendment giving women the vote (John Wiley & Sons, 2003).

 

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