Marc Fisher, Metro Columnist

About Marc Fisher

Friday, July 13, 2007; 5:25 PM

Marc Fisher, whose column appears in The Washington Post three times each week, reports and writes about local, national and personal issues.

His blog, "Raw Fisher," appears daily on His online chat program, "Potomac Confidential," appears weekly on the web site. Fisher is also a daily commentator on Washington Post Radio and writes a regular column on radio and music, "The Listener," which appears in the Post's Sunday Arts section.

His history of radio since the advent of television, "Something in the Air: Radio, Rock and The Revolution That Shaped a Generation," was published by Random House in January, 2007. The book traces radio's role in the nation's popular culture from 1950 to the present, focusing on how old media adapt when new technologies burst onto the marketplace. While writing that book, he was a Visiting Scholar at the George Washington University's School of Media and Public Affairs. He was also the 2004 Ferris Professor of Journalism at Princeton University, teaching a course on The Journalism of Daily Life.

Fisher is also the author of "After the Wall: Germany, the Germans and the Burdens of History," published by Simon and Schuster in 1995. The book is a reporter's view of Germany after reunification, focusing on the country's struggle with its history during a century of trauma and aggression. This exploration of the new and lingering walls within German society stems from Fisher's four years as Bonn and Berlin bureau chief of The Post, beginning with the dramatic events of autumn 1989.

Prior to launching his column, Fisher was the paper's Special Reports Editor, responsible for generating and editing features, profiles and other long-form stories for Page One. He also wrote a column in the Post's Sunday Magazine. Fisher has worked at The Post since 1987. He covered the system and other aspects of city news, was on the staff of the Post Sunday magazine, and directed coverage of city life as Assistant City Editor before joining the Foreign Desk in early 1989. While on leave from The Post in 1993-4, Fisher was Journalist in Residence at the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies at Johns Hopkins University in Washington. Upon returning to the Post, Fisher joined the Style section as a writer, covering politics, culture and radio.

Previously, Fisher was a staff writer at The Miami Herald from 1981 to 1986, working for the local news, national news and Sunday magazine sections of the paper.

He has won numerous journalism awards, including an Associated Press award for best column writing, an Overseas Press Club award for best interpretation of foreign news, a Society of Professional Journalists award for best magazine writing (an article on disarray and injustice in the Miami juvenile court system), and several national awards for a Miami Herald series on racial, ethnic and religious discrimination in South Florida social clubs.

Fisher lives in Washington with his wife and two children.

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