As of June 2, Paul Taylor took at a new position at The Pew Charitable Trusts, overseeing a cluster of Pew-funded projects that provide information in the public interest. Prior to that, he had served as executive director of the Alliance for Better Campaigns, a public interest group that promotes free air time for candidates. He founded the group in 1998.
Mr. Taylor was a newspaper reporter for 25 years, the last 14 at The Washington Post, where he covered national politics and social issues. From 1992-1995, he served as the Post's bureau chief in South Africa and reported on the historic transformation from apartheid to democracy.
He is the author of See How They Run (Knopf, 1990), a book about the 1988 presidential campaign, and co-author of The Old News Versus the New News (Twentieth Century Fund, 1992) about political journalism.
He twice served as the visiting Ferris Professor of Journalism at Princeton University, in 1989 and 1995. He has lectured at numerous colleges.
Prior to joining the Post, he was a reporter at The Twin City Sentinel in Winston-Salem, N.C. (1970-73) and The Philadelphia Inquirer (1973-81).
He graduated in 1970 with a BA in American Studies from Yale University, where he served as executive editor of the Yale Daily News. He attended public schools in Washington DC.
He was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1949. He lives in Bethesda, Maryland with his wife, Stefanie. They have three grown children.