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Elisabeth Bumiller

Washington Bureau Chief
The New York Times

Elisabeth Bumiller is deputy Washington Bureau Chief of The New York Times, where she oversees White House and domestic policy reporting. She was a Times Pentagon correspondent from 2008 to early 2013, a period when she traveled frequently with the Secretary of Defense and embedded with the American military in Afghanistan. In 2008 she covered the presidential campaign of Senator John McCain. From Sept. 10, 2001 to 2006, she was a Times White House correspondent who also wrote a weekly column, White House Letter, about the people and behind-the-scenes events of the presidency. 

Before moving to Washington, from 1999 to 2001, Ms. Bumiller was the Times City Hall Bureau chief responsible for covering Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani and his Senate race against Hillary Rodham Clinton. Prior to that, Ms. Bumiller worked on the Times’ Metropolitan staff in New York as a general assignment reporter and as one of the writers of the Public Lives column. She has also written for The New York Times Magazine and the newspaper’s culture and travel pages.

From 1979 to 1985, Ms. Bumiller worked for The Washington Post in Washington, New Delhi, Tokyo and New York. Her first job in journalism was in the Naples bureau of The Miami Herald. 

Ms. Bumiller is the author of three books: Condoleezza Rice: An American Life; May You Be the Mother of a Hundred Sons: A Journey Among the Women of India and The Secrets of Mariko: A Year in the Life of a Japanese Woman and Her Family.

In 2006 and 2007, Ms. Bumiller was a Public Policy Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center and a Transatlantic Fellow at the German Marshall Fund of the United States. 

Ms. Bumiller was born in 1956 in Aalborg, Denmark, grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio, and graduated from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University. From 1995 to 2001, she was the leader of Girl Scout Troop 1511 in Bronxville, N.Y. She now lives in the Washington, D.C. area with her husband, Steven R. Weisman, and their two children.

She can be reached at The New York Times Washington Bureau, 1627 I Street N.W., Washington, D.C. 20006, ph. 202-862-0368 (o); 202-236-9309 (cell); and at

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