Gerald F. Seib
Gerald F. Seib is a 1978 graduate of the KU School of Journalism and the Wall Street Journal Washington bureau chief. He also writes the paper’s “Capital Journal” column on a periodic basis and is a regular commentator on Washington affairs for CNBC, cable television.
He was part of the team from the Journal that won the 2001 Pulitzer Prize in the “breaking news” category for its coverage of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
Before assuming his current position in March 2002, he had been the Wall Street Journal’s deputy bureau chief in Washington since September 1997. He had written the weekly “Capital Journal” column, appearing on the Journal’s Politics & Policy page since spring 1993, and had responsibility for The Wall Street Journal/NBC News Polls.
He joined the Journal’ s Dallas bureau as a reporter in 1978 and transferred to the Washington bureau in 1980 to cover the Pentagon and State Department. In 1984, he and his wife, fellow journalist and 1978 KU School of Journalism graduate Barbara Rosewicz, were transferred to Cairo to cover the Middle East.
While living in Cairo, Seib, along with 56 other journalists, was invited to tour the Iran-Iraq warfront. On the night of January 31, 1987, he was detained by plainclothes policemen in Tehran, Iran, and taken to Evin Prison where he was accused of spying for Israel. Suddenly and inexplicably, after four days of interrogation, he was released.
In 1987 Seib and his wife returned to the Washington bureau where he covered the White House and reported on diplomacy and foreign policy. In December 1992, Seib became a news editor responsible for the Journal’s national political coverage from Washington and around the country.
In 1988, Seib won the Merriman Smith award, which honors coverage of the presidency under deadline, and the Aldo Beckman award for coverage of the White House and the presidency, and in 1990, he received the Gerald R. Ford Foundation prize for distinguished reporting on the presidency. In 1992, the Georgetown University Institute of Diplomacy awarded him the Weintal Prize for his coverage of the Gulf War. He received honorable mention in the Edwin Hood Prize competition for diplomatic reporting from the National Press Club in 1998.
Seib is a native of Hays, Kansas. He earned his bachelor’s degree in journalism from KU and was a member of Phi Kappa Phi, a national academic honor society, and Kappa Tau Alpha, a national journalism honor society. He also was an intern in the Journal’s Dallas bureau, editor of the University Daily Kansan and a Sears Foundation congressional intern in the office of U.S. Rep. Gillis Long of Louisiana.
He and his wife have three sons and live in Chevy Chase, Md.