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Working in New Media
A Conversation with Garrett Graff

Thu October 29, 2009 at LBJ School Lobby, 3rd Floor

Garrett M. Graff

Garrett M. Graff is the editor for The Washingtonian magazine, where he covers media and politics, edits the Capital Comment section, and serves as internet director. His first book, "The First Campaign: Globalization, the Web, and the Race for the White House," was published in December 2007 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. He teaches graduate-level internet and social media at Georgetown University.

Previously, he was the founding editor of's Fishbowl D.C., a popular blog that covers the media and journalism in Washington, and co-founder of EchoDitto, Inc., a multi-million-dollar Washington, D.C.-based internet consulting firm.

A Vermont native, he served as deputy national press secretary on Howard Dean's presidential campaign and, beginning in 1997, was then-Governor Dean's first webmaster.

As the first blogger admitted to cover a White House press briefing, he is a frequent speaker on blogging and the intersection of politics and technology. He has appeared on Good Morning America, Fox News, CNN, CNN Headline News, CNN International, CNBC, MSNBC, and various NPR programs, as well as local and regional television and radio  channels. He has spoken at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library, the National Press Club, and Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, as well as companies, trade groups, and to overseas audiences at the invitation of the U.S. State Department.

An amateur photographer, his travel photography has been published in the New York Daily News, the Columbus Dispatch, the Akron Beacon Journal, and the Ventura County Star, among other newspapers.

Personally, he enjoys sailing, cooking, scotch, and Graham Greene novels. He comes from a long line of journalists: His grandfather, Bert McCord, was the drama critic for the New York Herald Tribune; his father, Christopher Graff, was the long-time bureau chief of the Associated Press in Vermont, and his mother, Nancy Price Graff, is a historian, childrens' book author, and former magazine editor.

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