With a sophisticated understanding of people, politics and power, Al Hunt has been one of the most infl uential reporters covering national events for the past three decades. As a respected print journalist and columnist, Hunt has sought to explain, decode and decipher the ways of Washington to his loyal readers. Television viewers have prized his insightful analysis on public affairs programs and readers have valued his books on national elections.
For 35 years, Hunt worked for the Wall Street Journal with assignments as a congressional and national political reporter, bureau chief and executive Washington editor. For 11 years, Hunt wrote the weekly column Politics & People – considered a must-read by Beltway insiders. He ran the paper’s political polls for 20 years and covered national political campaign extensively.
His articulate voice has enlivened television public affairs programs on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” PBS’ “Washington Week in Review” and CBS’ Morning News. For 17 years, he was a regular panelist and moderator of CNN’s weekly program “The Capital Gang.”
Since 2005, Hunt has brought his considerable talents to Bloomberg News where he serves as executive Washington editor. With 1,700 reporters and editors in 104 bureaus around the world – including more than 100 journalists in the Washington offi ce – Bloomberg News is an essential source of information in the world of fi nance.
Al Hunt has received the William Allen White Foundation’s national citation, one of the highest honors in journalism. He received the Allen H. Neuharth Award for Excellence in Journalism as well as the Raymond Clapper Award for Washington reporting.
With his wife, Judy Woodruff, Hunt’s commitment to community service is well known and respected in the nation’s capital. He is on the Board of the Children’s Charities in Washington and he serves his alma mater on the Wake Forest University Board of Trustees.
It is often said that journalists have a front row seat to history. Al Hunt has used this privilege with responsibility and effectiveness. Hobart and William Smith Colleges commend Al Hunt for his thoughtful reporting on the issues of our time and his unique ability to foster engagement and discourse.
While Wake Forest University may proudly claim him as their own, the alumni and alumnae of Hobart and William Smith Colleges welcome him into our community with pride.