Donald Lambro delivers intelligent, conservative commentary in his weekly column. One of the most frequently quoted political reporters in Washington, Lambro has interviewed most of the major political leaders of our time and has covered numerous presidential campaigns. He has written widely about the government, the economy and social issues, and won the 1995 Warren Brookes Award for Excellence in Journalism. Economic analyst and CNBC commentator Lawrence Kudlow has called Lambro "the best political economic reporter in Washington today.”
Donald Lambro is the author of five books on government and the economy and a nationally syndicated Washington columnist whose weekly Andrews McMeel Syndication column appears in newspapers across the country, including The Washington Times. A 40-year veteran Washington reporter and political analyst, Mr. Lambro has interviewed most of the congressional and political leaders of the past four decades and has covered numerous presidential campaigns. He has written widely about government, the economy, the budget and social issues. Wall Street economic analyst Lawrence Kudlow called him “the best political economic reporter in Washington today.”
Mr. Lambro was also the producer and moderator of The Washington Times Forum, a public affairs program that was broadcast from Capitol Hill over the C-SPAN cable television network. His commentaries have been heard on Associated Press Radio, National Public Radio, the Mutual Broadcasting System, the Business News Network, and the Talk Radio Network.
He earned a national reputation in the late 1970s and the 1980s for his investigations into federal spending programs. Reader's Digest said he is "widely considered journalism's top expert on government waste." The Washington Post called him "a one-man search-and-destroy mission against government waste." The Dallas Morning News: "He has a tenacious, bird-dog knack for digging into some bureau's budget and coming out with the truth." The Boston Globe: "He's got the figures and a delivery stocked with enough anger and adjectives to make a politician blush."
The author of five books on the government and the economy, Mr. Lambro's last book was Land of Opportunity, the story about America's entrepreneurial expansion in the 1980s. In a Wall Street Journal book review, economist George Gilder said the book "should be used in every high school and introductory college economics course" in the country.
An earlier book, FAT CITY: How Washington Wastes Your Taxes, won national acclaim and the attention of President Reagan, who quoted from it during his 1980 presidential campaign. Soon after taking office, Reagan passed out copies of the book to every member of his Cabinet at a White House meeting, urging them to read it and root out wasteful spending.
A subsequent book, Washington - City of Scandals, also dealt with wasteful federal spending and what can be done to reduce it. The New York Times Book Review called it "an unsparing chronicle of hypocrisy, fraud and inefficiency in our governmet" and "a valuable insider's view of the government."
Before launching his syndicated newspaper column in 1980, Mr. Lambro was a Washington correspondent for United Press International, covering Congress, the federal bureaucracy and national politics. His investigative series on federal spending programs, Watching Washington, was twice nominated by UPI for a Pulitzer Prize. He was named the Heritage Foundation's Distinguished Journalism Fellow in 1981 and has been a media fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University for seven years.
He received the "Outstanding Journalist Award" from the Conservative Political Action Conference in 1981 for his book, FAT CITY. And he was the recipient of the National Taxpayers Union Award for "outstanding efforts to curtail government spending." His investigative work as a Washington columnist was also nominated for a Pulitzer by United Feature Syndicate. He won the Warren Brookes Award for Excellence In Journalism in 1995, and in that same year was the host and co-writer of the nationally televised PBS documentary Inside the Republican Revolution, a behind-the-scenes report on the first 100 days of the 104th Congress.
He was national editor and then chief political correspondent for The Washington Times for more than two decades.
Born and raised in Wellesley, Mass., and a graduate of Boston University, where he received a bachelor's degree in journalism, Lambro began his career as a reporter for The Boston Herald-Traveler. He joined UPI in 1968 in Hartford, Conn., where he covered the statehouse for two years before being reassigned to UPI’s Washington bureau.
In addition to numerous television, radio and speaking appearances, he has also written for many magazines and other periodicals, including Reader's Digest, Parade, The Wall Street Journal, the Washingtonian Magazine, National Review, Barron’s, and The World Almanac.