Colbert I. King, Washington Post Opinion Writer

Colbert I. “Colby” King writes a column -- sometimes about D.C., sometimes about politics -- on that runs on Saturdays. In 2003, he won the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary for “for his against-the-grain columns that speak to people in power with ferocity and wisdom." He is also a regular panelist on ABC’s "Inside Washington" and a regular commentator on WTOP Radio. King joined the Post’s editorial board in 1990 and served as deputy editorial page editor from 2000 to 2007. Earlier in his career, he was an executive vice president of Riggs National Bank, U.S. executive director of the World Bank, a deputy assistant secretary at the Treasury Department, Democratic staff director of the Senate’s District of Columbia Committee, a State Department diplomat stationed at the U.S. embassy in Bonn and a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army Adjutant General’s Corps. King grew up in Washington and attended Howard University. He is married to Gwendolyn Stewart King and has three adult sons.

  • U.S. Army officer with the Adjutant General's Corps (1961–1963)
  • Special officer for the United States Department of State (1964–1980)
  • Worker for the Volunteers in Service to America (1971–1972)
  • Minority staff director of the United States Senate Committee on the District of Columbia (1972–1976), where he helped draft the District of Columbia Home Rule Act
  • Deputy Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Treasury Department (1976–1979)
  • U.S. executive director to the World Bank (1979–1980)
  • Executive vice president of the Middle East and Africa at Riggs Bank (1980–1990)

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