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Ronald Brownstein, a two-time finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of presidential campaigns, is Atlantic Media's Editorial Director for Strategic Partnerships, in charge of long-term editorial strategy. He also writes a weekly column and regularly contributes other pieces for the National Journal, contributes to Quartz, and The Atlantic, and coordinates political coverage and activities across publications produced by Atlantic Media.

Prior to joining Atlantic Media, Brownstein was the National Affairs Columnist for the Los Angeles Times. He has also served as the Times' National Political Correspondent and the author of the weekly Washington Outlook column. Brownstein is a National Journal alumnus, having served as the magazine's White House and National Politics Correspondent from 1983-1986, and then as its West Coast Correspondent through 1989. In addition, he currently serves as a senior political analyst for CNN and also served as an electoral analyst for ABC News during the 2012 election. Previously, he served as a political analyst for CNN from 1998 through 2004 and has appeared on the Sunday shows of all four broadcast networks as well as other programs on cable and broadcast. His sixth and most recent book, The Second Civil War: How Extreme Partisanship Has Paralyzed Washington and Polarized America, was published by Penguin in November 2007.

Brownstein was twice named a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, receiving that recognition for his coverage of both the 1996 and 2004 presidential campaigns. In addition, he is the recipient of several journalism awards, including the Exceptional Merit in Media award from the National Women's Political Caucus, the Excellence in Media award from the National Council on Public Polls in 2005, and the Journalist of the Year award from the Los Angeles Press Club in 2005. In 2007, the American Political Science Association presented him its Carey McWilliams award for lifetime achievement, granted to honor a major journalistic contribution to our understanding of politics.

Latest From Ronald Brownstein

More Paralysis Ahead

The midterm results are likely to widen the partisan divide.

Bridges Versus Barricades

President Obama's response to global challenges stresses coalition-building over unilateralism. 

On Immigration, Texas GOP Steers Right

Dan Patrick, favorite for lieutenant governor, leads the charge against undocumented immigrants, rejecting the softer stances of Rick Perry and George W. Bush.

The GOP's Shift on Same-Sex Marriage

Fewer GOP gubernatorial candidates actively oppose gay marriage, and many are quietly accepting it. 

Even as Sun Belt Cities Grow, Many Are Left Behind

Houston has seen both an explosion of jobs and a persistence of poverty.

The Volatile Senate

Control of the upper chamber hasn't been this unsteady since the post-Civil War era.

National Service, Local Results

The 20th anniversary of AmeriCorps offers a new chance to reexamine the paralysis in Washington.

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Bridges Versus Barricades

President Obama's response to global challenges stresses coalition-building over unilateralism. 

On Immigration, Texas GOP Steers Right

Dan Patrick, favorite for lieutenant governor, leads the charge against undocumented immigrants, rejecting the softer stances of Rick Perry and George W. Bush.

The GOP's Shift on Same-Sex Marriage

Fewer GOP gubernatorial candidates actively oppose gay marriage, and many are quietly accepting it. 

Even as Sun Belt Cities Grow, Many Are Left Behind

Houston has seen both an explosion of jobs and a persistence of poverty.

The Volatile Senate

Control of the upper chamber hasn't been this unsteady since the post-Civil War era.

National Service, Local Results

The 20th anniversary of AmeriCorps offers a new chance to reexamine the paralysis in Washington.

America's Coal-Fired Divide

While the West Coast states forge a green alternative for powering the future, red states cling to fossil fuels.

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