Manu Raju is a chief congressional correspondent at CNN, covering Capitol Hill and campaign politics. Prior to joining CNN, Raju was a senior congressional reporter at POLITICO, and before that, he covered the Senate leadership for The Hill newspaper. Raju got his start in Washington as an associate editor and reporter at Inside Washington Publishers, where he covered federal environmental policy and later reported for Congressional Quarterly, writing about energy and environmental issues.
Before jumping into the world of Washington journalism, Raju worked in broadcast media, including a stint at a local NBC station in Madison, Wis. He now regularly appears on national TV and on radio stations across the country to provide political analysis.
Raju has won multiple journalism awards, including the 2012 Merriman Smith award for presidential reporting with a team of POLITICO reporters for coverage over the debt ceiling crisis. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin, a native of the greater Chicago area and a long-suffering Cubs and Bears fan. Raju hails from a family of writers, including his late grandfather, Gopalakrishna Adiga, a preeminent poet in the Kannada language whose works are widely studied in India today. Raju lives in Northwest D.C. with his wife, Archana.