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Robert J. Samuelson

Robert Jacob Samuelson (born December 23, 1945) is a columnist for The Washington Post, where he has written about business and economic issues since 1977, and is syndicated by the Washington Post Writers Group. He was a columnist for Newsweek magazine from 1984 to 2011.


He began his career in journalism as a reporter on the business desk of The Washington Post in 1969. He left the paper to become a freelancer in 1973. His work has appeared in The Sunday Times, The New Republic and the Columbia Journalism Review. He joined the National Journal in 1976, where he wrote the "Economic Focus" column. He was a contributing editor there from 1981 to 1984, when he left to write for Newsweek.[1]

Samuelson does not vote in any elections as he believes that voting interferes with his impartiality as a journalist.[2]

Personal life

Samuelson was born in New York City and raised in nearby White Plains, New York.[3] He received his bachelor's degree in 1967 from Harvard University, where he majored in government.[4] He lives in Bethesda, Maryland, with his wife. They have one daughter and two sons.[1] He has written three books. He shares the same last name as Economics Nobel laureate Paul Samuelson, who also wrote for Newsweek, but they are not related.

Journalism awards

Samuelson has received:[1]

  • 1993 John Hancock Award for Best Business and Financial Columnist
  • National Headliner Award for Feature Column on a Single Subject in both 1992 and 1993; another in 1987 for Best Special Interest Column
  • Gerald Loeb Awards for Commentary in 1993, 1986 and 1983; Loeb finalist in 1988 for his columns on the October 1987 Wall Street crash
  • An Alicia Patterson Journalism Fellowship[5] in 1982 to research and write about the changes in the U.S. economy since World War II.
  • 1981 National Magazine Award

Books by Samuelson

  • The Good Life and Its Discontents: The American Dream in the Age of Entitlement, (Random House: 1995) 368 pages, ISBN 0-8129-2592-0
  • Untruth: Why the Conventional Wisdom Is (Almost Always) Wrong, (Random House: 2001) 304 pages ISBN 978-0-8129-9164-2 (trade paperback edition)
  • The Great Inflation and Its Aftermath: The Past and Future of American Affluence, (Random House: 2008) 336 pages ISBN 978-0-375-50548-5


  1. ^ a b c "Newsweek: Robert Samuelson: Contributing Editor: Newsweek", MSBNC, May 14, 2004. Accessed September 23, 2006.
  2. ^ Samuelson, Robert J. and Lamb, Brian (2010-12-22). Q&A: Robert Samuelson (Television production). Washington, D.C. United States: National Cable Satellite Corporation. 
  3. ^ "Robert J. Samuelson", The Washington Post. Accessed September 24, 2006.
  4. ^ "Robert J. Samuelson", "The Business News Luminaries" website of the "TJFR Group". Accessed September 23, 2006.
  5. ^ Alicia Patterson Journalism Fellowship

External links

  • 12-31-08City Journal,Review of The Great Inflation,
  • The Washington PostSamuelson's columns in
  • The Washington PostOlder columns by Samuelson in
  • interview with Samuelson, January 2, 2011Q&AC-SPAN
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