A series of interviews with Washington's new power players.

Lois Romano

Lois Romano has been a reporter for the Washington Post for twenty-five years during which time she has helped cover eight presidential races, was a columnist, a regional correspondent based in Tulsa, and today a national political reporter.

In the spring of 2008, Romano was a fellow at the Institute of Politics at Harvard College, teaching a study group on the general election. In the fall, she taught a course at American University, "How the News Media Have Shaped American History." In November, she will be a fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University.

She started her Post career in the paper's acclaimed Style section, writing in-depth political profiles on significant figures such as Jesse Jackson and Gary Hart. In 2004, Ms. Romano was part of the Post's political team assigned to cover and travel with Sen. John Kerry during the presidential campaign. In 2000 she wrote a seven-part biographical series on George W. Bush.

As a regional correspondent, she covered national issues including race relations, the fall of Enron, the death penalty, and both Oklahoma City bombing trials in Denver. In addition, Ms. Romano covered congressional gubernatorial races.

During 1998, Ms. Romano spent considerable time in Little Rock, tracking various aspects of the Paula Jones sexual harassment suit against Bill Clinton. She was also part of the team covering the Monica Lewinsky scandal and the impeachment of Bill Clinton.

In 1991, Ms. Romano created and designed the Post's then-new personality column, The Reliable Source, which became one of the best-read and highest impact features at the paper. She was the first to report that Bill Clinton brought a high-priced Beverly Hills hairdresser on to Air Force One for a haircut.

She has also written for national magazines such as Playboy, Good Housekeeping and Redbook, and has been a regular guest and commentator on network and cable television.

Ms. Romano graduated from Emmanuel College in Boston and received a Masters in International Affairs from George Washington University in Washington.

She is married to Sven Erik Holmes, a former federal judge and executive vice-chairman of KPMG, LLP. She has two daughters, one who is teaching in South Chicago with the Teach for America Program; and another a freshman in college.

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