Lois Romano

  • Spring 2008

Lois Romano has been a reporter for the Washington Post for twenty-five years during which time she has covered seven presidential races, was a daily columnist, and served as regional correspondent based in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Today, she is a national political reporter covering the 2008 presidential race.

Romano started her Post career in the paper’s acclaimed Style section, writing in-depth political profiles on prominent political figures such as Jesse Jackson, Gary Hart and John McCain. In 2004, 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 co-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, Romano covered congressional gubernatorial races.

During 1998, Romano spent considerable time in Arkansas, following the Paula Jones sexual harassment suit against President Bill Clinton. She was also part of the team covering the Monica Lewinsky scandal and the impeachment of Bill Clinton.

In 1991, Romano created and designed the Post's news-driven personality column, The Reliable Source, which became a “must read” and one of the highest impact features at the paper. She has also written for national magazines including Playboy, Good Housekeeping and Redbook, and has been a regular guest and commentator on network and cable television.

Romano graduated from Emmanuel College in Boston and received a Masters in International Affairs from George Washington University in Washington. Her first job in journalism was at Roll Call, and she was a reporter at the now-defunct Washington Star before joining the Post.