Todd Purdum is Senior Writer at Politico and National Editor at Vanity Fair. An award-winning journalist, Purdum joined Politico in the summer of 2013. He began at Vanity Fair in 2006 where he has produced memorable profiles of people like Dick Cheney, Bill Clinton, Sarah Palin and Henry Paulson, as well as entertainment figures like Alec Baldwin.
Prior to Vanity Fair, Purdum spent 23 years at The New York Times where he worked as a diplomatic and White House correspondent, Los Angeles bureau chief and also held the positions of metropolitan reporter and city-hall bureau chief in New York. He joined the Times as a copyboy in 1982.
He is in the final stages of writing "An Idea Whose Time Has Come: Two Presidents, Two Parties, and the Battle for the Civil Rights Act of 1964," a book on the passage of the 1964 civil rights legislation that will be published by Henry Holt and Company imprint Times Books in 2014 in time for the 50th anniversary.
Todd is a native of Macomb, Illinois and a 1982 graduate of Princeton University. He and his wife, Dee Dee Myers, live in Washington with their two children.