During his 40-year journalism career Jim Kuhnhenn has questioned U.S. and foreign leaders, traveled throughout Asia, Latin America and Europe and reported on issues as diverse as the Great Recession, the presidency and the dog lady from Belvedere, N.J.
He has spent half of his 40-year journalism career in Washington as newspaper bureau chief, editor and as a reporter covering the intersection of economics and politics. He most recently completed a five year assignment at the White House for the Associated Press where he focused on the economic recovery, jobs policy and immigration.
He worked for newspapers in Pennsylvania and Missouri before The Kansas City Star put him in charge of the newspaper's Washington reporting team in 1993. In 1998 he became the political editor for Knight Ridder Newspapers, directing coverage of the last two years of the Clinton presidency. He was Knight Ridder's congressional correspondent before joining the Associated Press in 2006 as a national political writer. Kuhnhenn covered the 2008 financial crisis and, two years later, the AP assigned him to the White House.
He is past president of the Washington Press Club Foundation and a former member of the congressional Standing Committee of Correspondents. He has appeared on MSNBC, NPR and C-SPAN and has been a panelist on IRE and Congressional Quarterly seminars. In 1997, he co-led two weeks of journalism and politics workshops in Ukraine.
He retired from journalism in 2015. He is co-founder of WaVe Communications, a year-old writing consulting firm.
Kuhnhenn was born in Chile and speaks Spanish fluently. He is a graduate of the Pennsylvania State University. He and his wife, Louise, live in Silver Spring, Md. They are the parents of two adult sons.