Paul Glastris is an American journalist and political columnist. Glastris is the current editor in chief of The Washington Monthly and was President Bill Clinton's chief speechwriter from September 1998 to the end of his presidency in early 2001. Before 1998, Glastris was a correspondent for U.S. News & World Report.
Glastris has a B.A. in history and an M.A.in radio from Northwestern University.
Glastris is a senior fellow at the Western Policy Center in Washington, DC. While working as a speechwriter for President Clinton, he wrote over 200 speeches on a variety of subjects such as education, health care, and the budget. In 2000, he was also responsible for co-writing the President's address to the Democratic convention in Los Angeles and the State of the Union addresses in 1999 and 2000. In 1999, Glastris traveled with President Clinton to Turkey and Greece and wrote the President's address to Greece. Glastris developed Clinton's "DC Reads this Summer" program. This program "put over 1000 federal employees as volunteer reading tutors in Washington, DC public schools."
Before working as a speechwriter, Glastris was a correspondent and editor for U.S. News & World Report. He spent ten years working for U.S. News & World Report. From 1995-1996, he worked as Bureau Chief in Berlin, Germany where he was responsible for covering the former Yugoslavia in the final months of the Bosnia War. He also wrote stories while staying in Germany, Russia, Greece, and Turkey.
Glastris was married to Kukula Kapoor Glastris, who died in August 2017. Kukula worked for U.S. News and later was books editor of the Washington Monthly. The couple had two children, Hope and Adam. Glastris and his family live in Washington, DC.