Michael Kranish

A “superb narrative of [Jefferson’s] turbulent wartime years.” - The Wall Street Journal

“A narrative that’s absorbing and fair-minded.” -    The New York Times

“A fascinating portrait..energetically fleshes out” Kerry - The New York Times

Michael Kranish is an investigative political reporter at The Washington Post

Co-author of Trump Revealed, a Post biography of Donald Trump

Author of  Flight from Monticello: Thomas Jefferson at War

Co-author of biographies of Mitt Romney and John F. Kerry

Society of Professional Journalists 2016 award, Washington Correspondence

Trump’s week reveals bleak view, dubious statements, in “alternative universe”

Hillary Clinton regrets her Iraq vote. But opting for intervention was a pattern.

Inside the government’s racial bias case against Donald Trump’s company

The place where John Kasich’s dream of the priesthood changed to politics

Trump Mortgage failed. Here’s what that says about the GOP front-runner

Trump’s courtship of black voters hampered by decades of race controversies


                                                            Divided Nation series, 2015


               Winner of Society of Professional Journalists award for Washington Correspondence

              Winner of Society of American Business Editors and Writers award for Feature Category

“A look at nation’s vast wealth gap, from trailer park to Aspen’s largest mansion”

“Feast for investors: As US companies spend billions buying back stock, employees and economy may pay the price”

“Richmond divided over Confederate history”

“Old battle lines drawn in Kansas: In state where `separate but equal’ died, governor’s bet on supply-side economics imperils school gains”

“A city’s immovable roadblock”

“Rise of activist investing felt at century-0ld firm"

“Billionaire Texas brothers show clout of super PACs”

“Amid ouster cries, immigrants aid economic rebound in Iowa”

“In Northwest, corporate tax breaks compete with promise to educate children”


From the Globe’s presidential campaign coverage:

Jeb Bush shaped by troubled Phillips Academy years”


The 19-part series about the “Broken City” of Washington, produced by the Boston Globe’s Washington Bureau throughout 2013, is now available as an ebook.

The series has been given a Dirksen award for congressional coverage by the National Press Foundation.

Broken City series:

“The story of Washington gridlock as seen through the eyes of Bob Dole: A disability treaty with broad support seemed like a sure thing to the ex-Senate stalwart. But his own party had other ideas”

“An inside look at Washington’s industry of distortion, where unnamed corporations pay richly to bend the debate their way” (Selected for Best Business Writing of 2014).

“Ideas abound for breaking logjam, but D.C. isn’t listening”

“UK’s parliamentary system offers clues for escaping gridlock

“The role of partisan media in the `broken city’ of Washington”


Trump Revealed:

An American Journey of Ambition, Ego, Money, and Power

Bestseller lists: New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Publisher’s Weekly

A broad, comprehensive examination of the life of the presumptive Republican nominee for president. Written by Washington Post reporters Michael Kranish and Marc Fisher in collaboration with more than two dozen Post writers, researchers and editors, published by Scribner.

"The many revealing scenes cohere into a fascinating portrait. ...Trump the outrageous poseur becomes sadder and more real in this fine book." Evan Thomas, The Washington Post

"Vigorously reported...deftly charts [Trump's] single-minded building of his gaudy brand and his often masterful manipulation of the media." Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

"Precise reporting...the most complete and nuanced life of Trump." James M. Perry, The Boston Globe

"The book’s approach is relentlessly balanced and fair-minded.... The implicit conclusion of this important book is that Trump views life as a game and he never expected the voters to take him so seriously." - Tony Harnden, The Sunday Times of London