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Jerry Seib

Gerald Seib is the executive Washington editor for The Wall Street Journal. He was previously the Washington bureau chief, overseeing the Journal’s news and analysis from Washington. He also developed the digital edition of the Washington bureau that includes his own column and commentaries, a real-time version of Washington Wire and other features and columns. Mr. Seib appears regularly on networks such as CNBC, Fox Business Network, CNN and the BBC as a commentator on Washington affairs. He also writes a weekly column, “Capital Journal,” which brings an insightful, predictive and original understanding to politics, national affairs and foreign policy. He also has responsibility for The Wall Street Journal/NBC News polls.

Previously, Mr. Seib had been the Journal’s deputy bureau chief in Washington since September 1997. He began writing his Capital Journal column in the spring of 1993.

Mr. Seib joined the Dallas bureau of the Journal as a reporter in 1978. He transferred to the Journal's Washington bureau in 1980 and covered the Pentagon and the State Department. In 1984, he and his wife, Journal reporter Barbara Rosewicz, were transferred to Cairo to cover the Middle East. They returned to the Washington bureau in 1987 where he has covered the White House and reported on diplomacy and foreign policy. In December 1992, he became a news editor responsible for the Journal's national political coverage from Washington and around the country.

In 1988, Mr. Seib won the Merriman Smith award, which honors coverage of the presidency under deadline, and the Aldo Beckman award for coverage of the White House and the presidency, and in 1990, he received the Gerald R. Ford Foundation prize for distinguished reporting on the presidency. In 1992, the Georgetown University Institute of Diplomacy awarded him the Weintal Prize for his coverage of the Gulf War. He received honorable mention in the Edwin Hood Prize for diplomatic reporting from the National Press Club in 1998. Mr. Seib was part of the team from the Journal that won the 2001 Pulitzer Prize in the “breaking news” category for its coverage of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. In 2004, the William Allen White School of Journalism at the University of Kansas named Mr. Seib the winner of the 2005 William Allen White Foundation's national citation. Past winners of this award include the Journal’s Vermont Royster, Walter Cronkite and Bob Woodward. In 2012 he won the Loeb lifetime achievement award for contributions to business and financial journalism.

Mr. Seib earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Kansas. While at the university, he was a member of Phi Kappa Phi, a national academic honor society, and Kappa Tau Alpha, a national journalism honor society. He was also an intern in the Journal's Dallas bureau, editor of the university's newspaper, the Daily Kansan and a Sears Foundation congressional intern in the office of U.S. Representative Gilles Long of Louisiana.

Mr. Seib posts regularly at wsj.com/seibwessel.

He and his wife have three sons and live in Chevy Chase, Md.


Most Recent Appearances

Recent Stories

  • The Wall Street Journal
    January 4, 2020
    After this week’s dramatic spike in tensions between Iran and the U.S., further conflict now is inevitable, and terrorism outbreaks have become far more likely.
  • The Wall Street Journal
    December 31, 2019
    Before that obsession takes over, it is worth glancing forward into the four most important stories elsewhere in the world to watch in the coming year.
  • The Wall Street Journal
    September 14, 2019
    The center held. That, at least, appears to be the takeaway from the most important political event of the week, Thursday night’s Democratic debate in Houston
  • The Wall Street Journal
    September 3, 2019
    Former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said he was “right up front” in frank policy discussions with President Trump, but never blocked or delayed actions the president wanted him to take.
  • The Wall Street Journal
    August 29, 2019
    Former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says he resigned from the Trump administration in late 2018 “when my concrete solutions and strategic advice, especially keeping faith with our allies, no longer resonated.”
  • CBS News
    August 12, 2019
    Jerry Seib, Shawna Thomas and Ed O'Keefe join Margaret Brennan to discuss the week in politics, including whether promises from Democratic candidates about gun control have any chance of getting passed.
  • The Wall Street Journal
    July 15, 2019
    President Trump tweeted out his already-famous, incendiary declaration that young Democratic congresswomen criticizing America should “go back” to the “totally broken and crime infested places from which they came.” In his message, Mr.
  • The Wall Street Journal
    July 10, 2019
    H. Ross Perot, a computer-services pioneer whose two outsider presidential campaigns tapped into some of the antiestablishment sentiments that later propelled Donald Trump to the White House, died Tuesday at his home in Dallas.
  • The Wall Street Journal
    May 28, 2019
    In the long, arduous process of trying to negotiate a new trade deal with China, the U.S.
  • The Wall Street Journal
    May 20, 2019
    Whatever other assets and liabilities he brings to the table, President Trump certainly offers this: He is a master at sowing uncertainty, so neither friend nor foe really knows what he’s up to. And so it is right now with Iran, where Mr.