Born: September 7, 1958
Ohio connection: Birth
Michael Duffy was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio. He graduated from Oberlin College in 1980. Duffy served as Time magazine’s Washington bureau chief from 1997 until 2005, when he was named assistant managing editor. Previously, he was a national political correspondent, and, from 1986 to 1996, covered Congress and both the Bush and Clinton administrations. Duffy has been at the center of Time magazine’s political coverage for more than two decades. He has written or co-written more than 50 Time cover stories, including reports on President Bush’s proposed surge plan for Iraq, the Iraq Study Group and an examination of what war with Iran might look like. Duffy has co-authored two books. The first with Dan Goodgame, the best-selling book Marching in Place: The Status Quo Presidency of George Bush, published by Simon and Schuster in 1992 and The Preacher and the Presidents: Billy Graham in the White House with Nancy Gibbs. Duffy is a regular panelist on the PBS show Washington Week in Review, hosted by Gwen Ifill, where he analyzes current national affairs, and he has also appeared on NBC’s Meet the Press and CBS’s Face the Nation and the Chris Matthews Show on NBC. He is a regular contributor to Time.com. Duffy lives with his wife and three sons near Washington D.C. in a Maryland suburb.
Gerald R. Ford Award for Distinguished Reporting on the Presidency in 1995. In 1998, following a year in which he worked virtually full-time on campaign finance issues, he and two other Time correspondents received the prestigious Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting for a series of investigative stories on campaign finance abuse. The Goldsmith award, which is given by the Joan Shorenstein Center for Press, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, recognizes journalists whose investigative reporting “best promotes more effective and ethical conduct of government, the making of public policy, or the practice of politics.” In 2004 he received a second Gerald R. Ford Award, for Distinguished Reporting on National Defense.