Bio

Author and veteran journalist Joan Biskupic, currently a Public Policy Scholar at The Wilson Center, has covered the Supreme Court for twenty years. She has written several books on the judiciary, including American Original: The Life and Constitution of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux in 2009, and Sandra Day O’Connor: How the First Woman on the Supreme Court Became Its Most Influential Justice, published by HarperCollins/Ecco in 2005. In her current research at the Wilson Center, Biskupic is working on a new book tracing the life of the nation’s first Hispanic justice, Sonia Sotomayor, against the backdrop of nomination politics and the progress of Latinos in the law (for Farrar, Straus & Giroux).

Biskupic has covered the Supreme Court for USA Today since June 2000. Before that, she was the Supreme Court reporter for The Washington Post (1992-2000) and legal affairs writer for Congressional Quarterly (1989-1992).  Biskupic is the author of several reference books, including Congressional Quarterly's two-volume encyclopedia on the Supreme Court (1997, with co-author Elder Witt).

A native of Chicago, Biskupic holds a bachelor’s degree from Marquette University and a law degree from Georgetown University. She is a regular panelist on PBS’s “Washington Week with Gwen Ifill” and NPR’s “Diane Rehm Show.”

  

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