E.J. Dionne Jr. grew up in Fall River, Massachusetts. He attended Catholic schools, graduated from Harvard University, and received a D.Phil. in sociology from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. In 1975, he went to work for the New York Times covering state, local, and national politics and also serving as a foreign correspondent. He reported from more than two dozen countries, including extended periods in Paris, Rome, and Beirut. His coverage of the Vatican was described by the Los Angeles Times as the best in two decades. He joined the Washington Post in 1990 as a political reporter and has been writing a column for the Post since 1993. It is syndicated by the Washington Post Writers Group and appears in more than 240 newspapers. He is also a senior fellow at The Brookings Institution and University Professor in the Foundations of Democracy and Culture at Georgetown University, where he teaches in the McCourt School of Public Policy and the Government Department.
Dionne analyzes politics weekly on NPR’s All Things Considered and is a regular analyst for MSNBC and ABC News’ This Week.
He is co-author with Tom Mann and Norm Ornstein of One Nation After Trump: A Guide for the Perplexed, the Disillusioned, the Desperate and the Not-Yet Deported, published by St. Martin’s Press in September 2017.
Dionne is also the author of six other books and has edited or coedited seven volumes. His Why Americans Hate Politics won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and was a National Book Award nominee. He is most recently the author of Why the Right Went Wrong: Conservatism – From Goldwater to Trump and Beyond and co-editor with MSNBC’s Joy-Ann Reid of We Are The Change We Seek, a collection of President Obama’s speeches.