Todd S. Purdum

Todd S. Purdum is a journalist and author who recently wrote for The Atlantic as a staff writer and California correspondent covering politics and culture. He has also been senior writer at POLITICO and a contributing editor at Vanity Fair. He was formerly with The New York Times, where he worked for 23 years, covering politics from city hall to the White House. He also served as diplomatic correspondent and Los Angeles bureau chief. During the 2016 presidential election, Purdum wrote extensively about Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump and the legacy of Barack Obama. He recently published Something Wonderful: Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Broadway Revolution (2018).

Purdum is a native of Macomb, Ill., and a graduate of Princeton University. He is the author of the book An Idea Whose Time Has Come: Two Presidents, Two Parties and the Battle for the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and he is currently writing a biography of Oscar Hammerstein II and Richard Rodgers. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Dee Dee Myers, the former Clinton White House press secretary and current Executive Vice President and Director of Worldwide Corporate Communications and Public Affairs at Warner Bros, and their two children.

Purdum is also a Spring 2021 Fellow at the USC Dornsife Center for the Political Future, where he teaches the course “Politics and the Press: How Did We Get Here, Where Are We Going?”

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