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Doyle McManus (born approximately 1952) is an American journalist, columnist (for the Los Angeles Times),[2][3] who appears often on Public Broadcasting Service's Washington Week.[4][5]

Doyle McManus
BornNovember 18, 1955[citation needed]
Occupationjournalist and author
Notable credit(s)
Los Angeles Times, PBS's Washington Week, CBS's Face the Nation, NPR's Weekend Edition
Spouse(s)Paula Copeland McManus
Children3 adult daughters
Familybrothers[citation needed] Reed McManus, an editor at the Sierra Club Magazine,[1] & Chris McManus


Early lifeEdit

Doyle D. McManus is the son of Lois Doyle and the late James R. McManus, a San Francisco advertising executive.[6]

He earned an A.B. in history at Stanford University in 1974, and was a Fulbright scholar at the University of Brussels.[7][8]


As an undergraduate, McManus worked on the Stanford Daily.

He was a foreign correspondent for three years at the United Press International, beginning in Brussels.

He joined the L.A. Times in 1978, reporting from Los Angeles, the Middle East, Central America, New York. He transferred to the Times's Washington, D.C., bureau in 1983, where he covered the U.S. State Department, and White House. He succeeded Jack Nelson as bureau chief in 1996.[4][5] After thirteen years as bureau chief, he reportedly told colleagues that he had "long ago asked for a new assignment."[9] In November 2008, the financially troubled Tribune Company made him a columnist when it closed the L.A. Times's bureau in favor of a single Washington bureau for all its newspapers.[3]

Mr. McManus has written for Foreign Policy, Time, Sports Illustrated, and the London Daily Express. He appears regularly on the PBS commentary program Washington Week.

He has covered every presidential election since 1984.

In January 2008, he was a moderator at Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama's presidential primary debate in Los Angeles.[10]

In 2009 his newspaper jumped ahead of the media pack's coverage of the Obama administration's first one hundred days, with articles about its first ninety days.[2]

Memberships & AwardsEdit


  • Robin, Wright; Doyle McManus (1991-12-03). Flashpoints: Promise and Peril in a New World. New York: Alfred A. Knopf. ISBN 978-0-679-40708-9.
  • Mayer, Jane; Doyle McManus (1988). Landslide: The Unmaking of the President, 1984–1988. Boston, Massachusetts: Houghton Mifflin Company. ISBN 978-0-395-45185-4.
  • McManus, Doyle (1981). Free at Last, the Complete Story of the Hostages' 444-Day Ordeal and the Secret Negotiations to Set Them Free (1st ed.). New York: Signet Books. ISBN 978-0-451-11054-1.


He and his wife reside in Bethesda, Maryland.[4][5]


  1. ^ "About Us". Sierra Magazine. San Francisco: Sierra Club. Retrieved 2009-04-29.
  2. ^ a b Kurtz, Howard (2009-04-28). "For the Media, 100-Days Story Represents the Perfect Swarm". Washington Post. pp. C1, C6. Retrieved 2009-04-28. We are slaves to news pegs," says Doyle McManus, a columnist for the Los Angeles Times, which scooped the world by starting its pieces 10 days early. "Since it's an arbitrary number," he says, "who's to say Day 90 isn't just as important?" McManus looked up the story he published on George W. Bush's 100th day in office, when he credited the new president with "preaching a conciliatory message" and quoted a scholar as praising the administration's "astonishing professionalism." That experience, says McManus, was "sobering.
  3. ^ a b Strupp, Joe (November 7, 2008). "'L.A. Times' D.C. Bureau Chief McManus Becomes Columnist". Editor & Publisher. Nielsen Business Media. Retrieved April 29, 2009. Los Angeles Times Washington Bureau Chief Doyle McManus is leaving his post to become a Times Op-Ed columnist, the paper revealed in a release today. Document Number: A188862699.
  4. ^ a b c Ratnesar, Romesh (July–August 1998). "On the Job with Doyle McManus". Stanford Magazine. Stanford Alumni Association. Archived from the original on 2008-10-15. Retrieved 2008-09-10.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Washington Week . Doyle McManus". Public Broadcasting Service. Archived from the original on 2008-06-22. Retrieved 2008-09-10.
  6. ^ "MCMANUS, James R." San Francisco Chronicle. 2008-08-10. p. Z-99. Retrieved 2008-09-10.[dead link]
  7. ^ a b "FSI Stanford Advisory Board – FSI Stanford". Stanford University. Archived from the original on 2007-10-12. Retrieved 2008-09-07.
  8. ^ a b c d e f g "Speaker Bios, UCLA Burkle Center". University of California, Los Angeles. Archived from the original on June 5, 2011. Retrieved 2008-09-10.
  9. ^ Kurtz, Howard (2008-01-29). "Media Notes". The Washington Post. pp. C1, C4.
  10. ^ "Transcript: Democratic Debate in Los Angeles". The New York Times. Federal News Service. January 31, 2008. Retrieved April 29, 2009.
  11. ^ "William and Barbara Edwards Media Fellows by year". Hoover Institution. Archived from the original on November 1, 2011. Retrieved 2011-10-27.
  12. ^ "Philip Merrill College of Journalism". University of Maryland. Archived from the original on May 16, 2008. Retrieved 2008-09-10.

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