David Maraniss

David Maraniss (/ˈmɛərənɪs/; born 1949) is an American journalist and author, currently serving as an associate editor for The Washington Post.

He received a Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting in 1993 for his coverage of then-candidate Bill Clinton during the 1992 United States presidential election.

Maraniss received an honorary degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison at the Spring commencement ceremony on May 16, 2014.

David Maraniss
David Maraniss at the 2012 Texas Book Festival.
David Maraniss at the 2012 Texas Book Festival.
Notable awards1993 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting


Maraniss began his journalism career as a high school student in Madison, Wisconsin, where he covered antiwar protests and high school football for a local daily newspaper. He joined The Washington Post in 1977 and has served it in various capacities since. The Post assigned him the job of biographer for their coverage of 2008 presidential candidate Barack Obama.[1]

Personal life

Maraniss and wife Linda live in Washington, D.C. and Madison, Wisconsin. His son, Andrew Maraniss is also an author and has been on the New York Times best-seller list in 2015.[2] His daughter, Sarah Maraniss Vander Schaaff, is a freelance journalist, playwright, and mental health advocate.


Maraniss has written or co-authored numerous books, most of which are biographies of politicians or athletes, and all of which were published by Simon & Schuster.

Title Year ISBN Subject matter Interviews and presentations Comments
First in His Class: A Biography of Bill Clinton 1995 ISBN 9780684818900 Bill Clinton *Booknotes interview with Maraniss, May 7, 1995, C-SPAN
*Presentation by Maraniss, May 15, 1995, C-SPAN
*Presentation by Maraniss, November 4, 1998, C-SPAN
Tell Newt to Shut Up! 1996 ISBN 9780684832937 Newt Gingrich, The Republican Revolution *Presentation by Maraniss, May 20, 1996 Co-authored with Michael Weisskopf
The Clinton Enigma: A Four-and-a-Half Minute Speech Reveals This President's Entire Life 1998 ISBN 9780684862965 Bill Clinton, Lewinsky scandal *Presentation by Maraniss, November 4, 1998, C-SPAN
*Presentation by Maraniss, February 23, 1999, C-SPAN
When Pride Still Mattered: A Life of Vince Lombardi 1999 ISBN 9780684872902 Vince Lombardi
The Prince of Tennessee: Al Gore Meets His Fate 2000 ISBN 9780743204118 Al Gore *Presentation by Maraniss and Nakashima, September 26, 2000 Co-authored with Ellen Nakashima
They Marched into Sunlight: War and Peace, Vietnam and America, October 1967 2003 Battle of Ong Thanh, University of Wisconsin–Madison, Student protests against the Vietnam War *Interview on They Marched into Sunlight at the Pritzker Military Museum & Library
*Presentation by Maraniss at the Wisconsin Historical Society, April 8, 2002
*Part one and Part two of interview with Maraniss, September 28 and November 16, 2003, C-SPAN
Winner of the 2004 J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize.[3]
Clemente: The Passion and Grace of Baseball's Last Hero 2006 ISBN 9781416534105 Roberto Clemente
Rome 1960: The Olympics that Changed the World 2008 1960 Summer Olympics *Presentation by Maraniss at the Free Library of Philadelphia, July 10, 2008, C-SPAN
*Q&A interview with Maraniss, July 13, 2008, C-SPAN
*Presentation by Maraniss at the National Book Festival, September 27, 2008, C-SPAN
Into the Story: A Writer's Journey through Life, Politics, Sports and Loss 2010 ISBN 9781439167526 Autobiography
Barack Obama: The Story 2012 ISBN 9781439167533 Barack Obama *Interview with Maraniss, June 17, 2012, C-SPAN
*Cassie M. Chew; Meena Ganesan (July 9, 2012). "David Maraniss on Writing Obama's 'Story'". PBS Newshour.
*Presentation by Maraniss at the National Book Festival, September 23, 2012, C-SPAN
*Interview with Maraniss, Tucson Festival of Books, March 15, 2015, C-SPAN
Once in a Great City: A Detroit Story 2015 ISBN 9781476748382 Detroit, Michigan *Interview with Maraniss, October 20, 2014, C-SPAN
*Presentation by Maraniss at the Detroit Historical Society, October 3, 2015, C-SPAN
*Presentation by Maraniss at the Wisconsin Book Festival, October 24, 2015, C-SPAN


  1. ^ Howell, Deborah (July 20, 2008). "A Vote for Coverage of Substance". The Washington Post.
  2. ^ "Books/Best Sellers/Race and Civil Rights". nytimes.com. New York Times. December 1, 2014. Retrieved April 20, 2018.
  3. ^ "J. Anthony Lukas Prize Project winners". Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard. Retrieved 16 March 2011.

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1948 Army Cadets football team

The 1948 Army Cadets football team represented the United States Military Academy in the 1948 college football season. Led by head coach Earl Blaik, the Cadets offense scored 294 points while the defense allowed 89 points. At season’s end, Army was ranked sixth in the nation.

1949 Army Cadets football team

The 1949 Army Cadets football team represented the United States Military Academy in the 1949 college football season. The Cadets scored 354 points, while the defense allowed only 68 points. Arnold Galiffa was the starting quarterback, ahead of Earl Blaik's son, Bob. Johnny Trent was the team captain. The Cadets won the Lambert-Meadowlands Trophy as the best college team in the East. At season’s end, Red Blaik confessed that he thoughts of retiring.

1951 Army Cadets football team

The 1951 Army Cadets football team represented the United States Military Academy in the 1951 college football season. Led by head coach Earl Blaik, the team finished with a record of 2–7. The Cadets offense scored 116 points, while the defense allowed 183 points.

1953 Army Cadets football team

The 1953 Army Cadets football team represented the United States Military Academy in the 1953 college football season. Led by head coach Earl Blaik, the team finished with a record of 7–1–1. The Army Cadets finished the season by winning the Lambert-Meadowlands Trophy, awarded to the top college team in the East.

1959 Green Bay Packers season

The 1959 Green Bay Packers season was their 41st season overall and their 39th season in the National Football League and 41st overall. The club posted a 7–5 record in the 1959 season under first-year coach Vince Lombardi to earn a third-place finish in the Western Conference.

It was the Packers' first winning season in a dozen years, the last was a 6–5–1 mark in 1947. Green Bay had just one victory during the previous season in 1958 with the worst record in the 12-team league, and were 3–9 in 1957, tied for worst.

1961 Green Bay Packers season

The 1961 Green Bay Packers season was their 43rd season overall and their 41st season in the National Football League. The club posted an 11–3 record under coach Vince Lombardi, earning them a first-place finish in the Western Conference and ending a fifteen-year playoff drought. The Packers ended the season by defeating the New York Giants 37–0 in the NFL Championship Game, the first title game ever played in Green Bay. This was the Packers 7th NFL league championship.

The 1961 season was the first in which the Packers wore their trademark capital "G" logo on their helmets.

1966 Green Bay Packers season

The 1966 Green Bay Packers season was their 48th season overall and their 46th in the National Football League. The defending NFL champions had a league-best regular season record of 12–2, led by eighth-year head coach Vince Lombardi and quarterback Bart Starr, in his eleventh NFL season.

The Packers beat the Dallas Cowboys in the NFL championship game, the Packers' second consecutive NFL title, fourth under Lombardi, and tenth for the franchise. Two weeks later, the Packers recorded a 35–10 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs in the inaugural AFL-NFL Championship Game, retroactively known as Super Bowl I.

Quarterback Starr was named the league's most valuable player (MVP) in 1966. Said Cold Hard Football Facts about Starr's 1966 season, "Starr, always underappreciated, was at his classic assassin-like best in 1966, his lone MVP season. He led the league in completion percentage, yards per attempt and passer rating, while his 4.7-to-1 [touchdown-to-interception] ratio remains one of the very best in history. Starr, as always, cranked out great performances when he absolutely had to: the 1966 Packers, for example, were the worst rushing team in football, with a meager average of 3.5 [yards-per-attempt] on the ground, despite the reputation Lombardi's Packers still carry with them today as a dominant running team." Cold Hard Football Facts also notes that 1966 Packers had the best passer rating differential (offensive passer rating minus opponents passer rating), +56.0, in the Super Bowl Era.

In 2007, the 1966 Packers were ranked as the 6th greatest Super Bowl champions on the NFL Network's documentary series America's Game: The Super Bowl Champions.

1969 Washington Redskins season

The 1969 Washington Redskins season was the franchise's 38th season in the National Football League. The team improved on their 5–9 record from 1968, by hiring legendary Green Bay Packers head coach Vince Lombardi. Sam Huff (a future member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame) came out of retirement specifically to play for Lombardi and finished with a record of 7–5–2.

Baseball Almanac

Baseball Almanac is an interactive baseball encyclopedia with over 500,000 pages of baseball facts, research, awards, records, feats, lists, notable quotations, baseball movie ratings, and statistics. Its goal is to preserve the history of baseball.It serves, in turn, as a source for a number of books and publications about baseball, and/or is mentioned by them as a reference, such as Baseball Digest, Understanding Sabermetrics: An Introduction to the Science of Baseball Statistics, and Baseball's Top 100: The Game's Greatest Records. Dan Zachofsky described it in Collecting Baseball Memorabilia: A Handbook as having the most current information regarding members of the Hall of Fame.David Maraniss, author of Clemente, the Passion and Grace of Baseball's Last Hero, described it as an absolutely reliable and first-rate bountiful source, that supplied accurate schedules and box scores. Glenn Guzo, in The New Ballgame: Baseball Statistics for the Casual Fan, described it as having a rich supply of contemporary and historic information. Richard Roeper described it in Sox and the City: A Fan's Love Affair with the White Sox from the Heartbreak of '67 to the Wizards of Oz as "one of the beauteous wonders of the Internet". Harvey Frommer, Dartmouth College Professor and sports author, said of Baseball Almanac: "Definitive, vast in its reach and scope, Baseball Almanac is a mother lode of facts, figures, anecdotes, quotations and essays focused on the national pastime.... It has been an indispensable research tool for me."

Bob Mischak

Robert Michael Mischak (October 25, 1932 – June 26, 2014) was a college and professional American football guard and tight end who played six seasons in the American Football League, from 1960 to 1965. He was selected by his peers as a Sporting News AFL All-League guard in 1960 and 1961. He was an AFL Eastern Division All-Star in 1962. He also played in the National Football League for the New York Giants and was a starting guard in the famed 1958 "Greatest Game Ever Played". In addition, Mischak was a 3-time Super Bowl champion coach with the Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders.

In an October 1953 game against Duke at the Polo Grounds in New York City, Mischak made an improbable play to seal a 14–13 Army victory that was chronicled in David Maraniss' biography of Vince Lombardi, When Pride Still Mattered. Late in the fourth quarter, Duke running back Red Smith ran a double reverse for what would have been a go-ahead touchdown, but was pursued by Mischak from 73 yards behind. As Smith neared the endzone, Mischak caught up to him and made a touchdown-saving tackle short of the goal line. Two subsequent stops by the Army defense yielded a historic victory for head coach Red Blaik. Col Blaik was later to write “In somehow catching and collaring (Smith), Mischak displayed heart and a pursuit that for one single play I have never seen matched."

In 2017, Mischak was posthumously enshrined into the Army/West Point Sports Hall of Fame, and was named no. 7 on NFL.com's list of Top Ten All Time NFL Players from service academies.After his playing career Mischak served as a coach of tight ends for the Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders from 1973 to 1987 and 1994. He died on June 26, 2014 at the age of 81.

Leo Paquin

Leo Paquin (June 15, 1910 – December 2, 1993) was an American football player. He played end for Fordham University as part of the 1936 line known as the "Seven Blocks of Granite". After graduating from Fordham, he eschewed a professional football career in favor of a 40-year career as a high school football coach and teacher.

Lombardi (play)

Lombardi is a play by Eric Simonson, based on the book When Pride Still Mattered: A Life of Vince Lombardi by Pulitzer Prize-winning author David Maraniss.

Michael Weisskopf

Michael Weisskopf (born 1946) is a Polk Award-winning journalist, currently working as a senior correspondent for Time magazine. A Pulitzer Prize finalist in 1996 for the accounts he and David Maraniss gave of the activities in 1995 following the Republican takeover of the House of Representatives in 1994, Weisskopf specialized in national and international news during 20 years at The Washington Post.While he was embedded with a US Army unit in Iraq on December 10, 2003, his right hand was blown off as he tried to throw an enemy grenade back out of the Humvee in which he was riding. He was the first reporter to be treated at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Weisskopf later wrote about this event in his book Blood Brothers: Among the Soldiers of Ward 57.Fluent in Mandarin Chinese, Weisskopf covered China for the Post from 1980 to 1985.He has written a books, Blood Brothers, about amputated American Iraq War veterans and cowritten two: Truth at Any Cost, with investigative journalist Susan Schmidt about the Kenneth Starr investigation of the Lewinsky scandal, and Tell Newt to Shut Up, with David Maraniss about the 1994 Republican takeover.Weisskopf has received the George Polk Award, Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting, the Press Club of Atlantic City's National Headliners Award, the Los Angeles Press Club's Daniel Pearl Award for Courage and Integrity in Journalism, the U.S. Army's Fourth Estate Award and the Embassy of Italy's 2007 Urbino Press Award.In 2014, it was reported that Weisskopf was working as a broker on several real estate projects.

Rome 1960 (book)

Rome 1960: The Olympics that Changed the World is a 2008 book by David Maraniss published by Simon & Schuster of New York, London, Toronto, and Sydney in July, 2008.

They Marched Into Sunlight

They Marched Into Sunlight: War and Peace, Vietnam and America, October 1967 is a 2004 book written by David Maraniss. The book centers around the Battle of Ong Thanh and a protest at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

It was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for History in 2004, and won the J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize that same year.

Two Days in October

Two Days in October is a 2005 documentary film about the Battle of Ong Thanh and the protest at the University of Wisconsin–Madison during the Vietnam War. The film aired on the PBS series American Experience during season 18. The film is based on the book, They Marched Into Sunlight written by David Maraniss. The film won a Peabody Award in 2005.The film consists of interviews with American soldiers, their families, Viet Cong soldiers, protesting students, police officers, and university faculty and administrators. Soldiers discuss the deadly jungle ambush of American troops by a much larger Viet Cong force, while those who were at the University of Wisconsin-Madison describe how a protest against Dow Chemical, the maker of napalm, turned violent when police began clubbing protesters. Both the soldiers and students were surprised to see news stories telling a very different version of events than what they had experienced.

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