About the author

Garrett M. Graff Garrett M. Graff
Garrett M. Graff is the editor of The Washingtonian magazine; he’s widely recognized both as one of the nation’s leading experts on technology and politics as well as a rising star in the media industry. Of his first book, The First Campaign: Globalization, the Web, and the Race for the White House (FSG, 2007), which examined the role of technology in the 2008 presidential race, The New York Times’ literary critic Michiko Kakutani wrote, “The astonishingly young Mr. Graff (who was born in 1981) proves in these pages that he is a cogent writer, willing to tackle large-scale issues and problems.”

After four years with The Washingtonian covering politics and Washington life, Graff became in September 2009 only the third editor in the magazine’s 44-year history. The National Magazine Award-winning Washingtonian, which calls itself “the magazine Washington lives by,” has a monthly readership of about 400,000. He’s been named by PR Week as one of four “new media” journalists to watch and one of ten “rising stars” by the magazine industry trade magazine, Folio. His second book, The Threat Matrix: The FBI at War in the Age of Global Terror, was published in Spring 2011 by Little, Brown. It traced the history of the FBI’s counterterrorism program since the death of J. Edgar Hoover in 1972, its rise as a global police force, and profiled Robert Mueller, the current and longest-serving FBI Director since Hoover himself.

Graff also teaches internet and social media at Georgetown University in the school’s master’s in journalism and communications program. Previously, he was the founding editor of mediaBistro.com’s Fishbowl D.C., a popular blog that covers the media and journalism in Washington, and co-founder of EchoDitto, Inc., a multi-million-dollar Washington, D.C.-based internet strategy consulting firm. A Vermont native and graduate of Harvard, he served as deputy national press secretary on Howard Dean’s presidential campaign and, beginning in 1997, was then-Governor Dean's first webmaster.

As the first blogger admitted to cover a White House press briefing in 2005, he is a frequent speaker on blogging and the intersection of politics and technology, and his reporter’s notebook from that first day in the White House hangs in the Newseum in Washington, DC.

His writing and commentary has appeared in publications like the Washington Post, The New York Times, Wired magazine, the Politico, and the Huffington Post, and he has appeared on The Today Show, Good Morning America, Fox News, CNN, CNN Headline News, CNN International, CNBC, MSNBC, CBC, the BBC, Al Jazeera English, and various NPR programs, as well as local and regional television and radio channels, and been quoted in publications ranging from US Weekly to the Miami Herald.
The First Campaign of the 21st Century: How Social Media Changed the Power Dynamics

Perhaps the greatest challenge of modern life in the second decade of the 21st Century is data and information management. While problems with basic sanitation, food, healthcare, and housing exist throughout the developing world, for most of the middle class in the developed world each day, from morning to night, […]


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