Jill Lawrence is a national correspondent at National Journal. Her previous positions have included managing editor for politics at National Journal, senior correspondent and columnist for Politics Daily, national political correspondent for USA Today, and national political writer for The Associated Press. She has also written about politics and policy for The Daily Beast, The Atlantic, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and other publications. Lawrence has covered every presidential campaign since 1988 and many other historic events, including the Three Mile Island nuclear accident; the 1994 Republican takeover of Congress; the Clinton impeachment; the Florida recount, and the 1993 and 2009 battles over health reform.
Lawrence has won national recognition for her work, most recently a Sigma Delta Chi award from the Society of Professional Journalists in 2010 for her Politics Daily columns. In 2004, Columbia Journalism Review named her one of the top 10 campaign reporters in the country. Her deep, detailed reporting for "One Nation, Divided," a multi-part series published in USA Today in 2002, was featured in the IRE Journal. Lawrence has taught journalism at American University and has appeared at other universities as a guest lecturer and panelist. She is a University of Michigan graduate and has a master's degree in journalism from New York University.