Robert Costa Acclaimed national reporter, political analyst, co-author of the highly anticipated Peril

About the Author

Robert Costa is an acclaimed national political reporter and analyst, and co-author of Peril with Bob Woodward, which documents the national-security emergency during President Trump’s final days in office and provides unmatched insights into the dynamics shaping the coming elections in 2022 and 2024. Peril is also the first inside look at President Biden’s first year in office.

For more than a decade, Costa has been at the forefront of American politics and journalism, with groundbreaking scoops and reports for The Washington Post, where he works as a national political reporter, and with in-depth analysis on NBC News and MSNBC, where he long served as a contributor. His coverage has been unusually expansive, with deep sourcing inside the White House, on Capitol Hill, and inside the nation’s national-security community, as well as inside the new grassroots movements on the right and left that have upended both major parties in recent years.

Costa’s work with Woodward on Peril was a partnership forged by a shared, vigorous approach to reporting and the pursuit of the truth and can be traced back to their joint coverage of Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, where they interviewed the future president together and pressed him on how he might govern, if elected.

Costa’s new book with Woodward, his first, is a classic study of Washington. It is full of vivid, eyewitness accounts of what really happened, and is supplemented throughout with never-before-seen material from secret orders, transcripts of confidential calls, diaries, emails, meeting notes and other personal and government records, making for an unparalleled presidential history.

Before writing the book, Costa was the moderator and managing editor of Washington Week on PBS from April 2017 through January 2021. The program, one of the longest-running broadcasts on television, has been celebrated for its nonpartisan and smart discussions about the latest reporting and headlines that are shaping policymakers in Washington. During his tenure, the Associated Press called the show “satisfyingly wonkish and, amid a TV sea of partisan megaphones and questions about journalism’s role, especially important.”

In addition to his media appearances and writing, Costa is a frequent public speaker at events across the country, from colleges and universities, to distinguished lecture series, commencement addresses, town halls, and more. His lively and engaging talks give audiences a smart, no-spin look at political life in Washington and beyond.

Costa holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame, where he is a former trustee, and a master’s degree from the University of Cambridge. He is from Bucks County, Pennsylvania.

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Robert Costa, the co-author of Peril with Bob Woodward, takes audiences inside his latest reporting and shares gripping, behind-the-scenes stories on the American presidency and Congress from their book. With vivid scenes and stunning detail, Costa reveals how Washington really works and how power is now wielded in a changing America, with fresh insights on the final days and possible comeback of President Donald Trump to President Joe Biden and his policies, both foreign and domestic. A longtime chronicler of Capitol Hill and the presidential campaign trail, Costa also provides a preview of the 2022 midterm elections, the 2024 presidential race, and the “peril” still facing the nation.

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Robert Costa, the co-author of Peril with Bob Woodward, provides an illuminating retrospective on this critical moment in American politics by opening his reporter’s notebook and sharing compelling stories from his journalism career, from his early days covering Donald Trump to his work with Woodward on their book. Costa, who has long covered Capitol Hill and high-stakes political races, uses his reporting from Peril and past interviews, along with colorful anecdotes from the presidential campaign trail and elsewhere, to help audiences better understand the dynamics driving key leaders and the two major parties, sharing his deep understanding of the ideological currents and challenges ahead of the elections in 2022 and 2024.

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