David Maraniss: political biographer

David Maraniss has written thousands of words on some of the most compelling public figures of our time.

Bill Clinton is one. Barack Obama is another. And on Thursday night, Maraniss is going to say a few more words about the 44th president of the United States, about whom he has written a new biography, “Barack Obama: The Story.”

Maraniss will be interviewed by Texas Tribune editor in chief Evan Smith, on “Overheard With Evan Smith,” which will be broadcast at 8 p.m. on KACV-TV.

Maraniss has been recognized by his peers with a Pulitzer Prize for his work as a senior editor with The Washington Post. When he’s not breaking stories and winning acclaim from his journalistic brethren, he’s writing books about compelling national figures. Some of his books include: “First In His Class,” about Bill Clinton, published in 1995; “When Pride Still Mattered,” published in 1999, a book about the legendary Green Bay Packers head coach Vince Lombardi; and “Clemente,” published in 2006, about the great Pittsburgh Pirates rightfielder Roberto Clemente, who died in a tragic plane crash in December 1972 while taking relief supplies to earthquake victims in Central America.

The acclaimed journalist and author will share what he’s learned about President Obama with Smith, who keeps reeling in big-time heavy hitters for his “Overheard” series.


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