Michael Kranish

Washington, D.C.

National political investigative reporter

Education: Syracuse University, degrees in political science and journalism

Michael Kranish is a national political investigative reporter for The Washington Post. He is the co-author of The Post’s biography "Trump Revealed," as well as biographies of John F. Kerry and Mitt Romney. He previously was the deputy chief of the Boston Globe's Washington bureau. Earlier in his career, he worked for the Miami Herald and the Lakeland (Fla.) Ledger.
Latest from Michael Kranish

Michelle Childs, a potential Supreme Court pick, recalls being ‘devastated’ at father’s gunshot death

Raised after her father’s death by a single mother, Childs was the first in her family to attend college and the first Black woman to become partner at a major South Carolina law firm. She has been unusually outspoken during her judicial career on social issues that directly relate to her traumatic childhood and her experiences pushing boundaries as a Black woman in the South.

February 12, 2022

Critics say Ginni Thomas’s activism is a Supreme Court conflict. Under court rules, only her husband can decide if that’s true.

Critics say Justice Clarence Thomas exploits a gaping hole in the court’s rules to ignore conflicts of interest with activism by his wife, Ginni Thomas: He can essentially decide himself whether he has a conflict, a choice he’s rarely made in his three decades on the court.

January 31, 2022

Mo Brooks urged a Jan. 6 crowd to ‘fight.’ Now his actions long before the insurrection face new scrutiny.

Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.) has faced intense scrutiny over his fiery rhetoric to a crowd on Jan. 6 that soon stormed the U.S. Capitol, but far less public attention has been paid to Brooks’s key role in the lead-up to the insurrection.

January 10, 2022

Pandemic and weather in West complicate travel again as travelers try to head home after Christmas

The omicron spike, staff shortages and bad weather led to a new wave of canceled flights and put other plans in jeopardy.

December 26, 2021

Manchin cites a blind trust to justify climate votes. But much income from his family’s coal company isn’t covered.

Contrary to his public statements, documents filed show that the senator's blind trust is much too small to account for all his reported earnings from the coal company.

December 13, 2021

Steele dossier sources, methods face new scrutiny after indictment of key figure

After the indictment of Igor Danchenko, a Washington-based analyst who authorities say was a key source for the Steele dossier, there are now intensifying questions about who provided the information packaged into the document — and whether Christopher Steele, the ex-British spy who compiled it, understood the sources behind the claims.

November 23, 2021

McConnell & Trump: It’s complicated.

The intertwined legacies of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and former president Donald Trump. And, what happens to a country when its borders are eroded by climate change.

November 15, 2021

Mitch McConnell spent decades chasing power. Now he heeds Trump, who mocks him and wants him gone.

In his 16th year as the Senate’s top Republican, McConnell is increasingly playing the role of a conflicted and compromised booster of Trump’s interests — not a leader with his own vision.

November 8, 2021

Trump’s pick in a key Senate race touts his agriculture ties. He doesn’t mention his role in a bankruptcy that cost farmers millions.

North Carolina Rep. Ted Budd’s campaign is a key test of whether candidates endorsed by Trump have been properly vetted and can turn the Senate to Republican control.

August 31, 2021

How Tucker Carlson became the voice of White grievance

With the defeat of former president Donald Trump and the death of Rush Limbaugh, the Fox News host has emerged as a dominant force shaping a Republican Party energized by racial resentment.

July 14, 2021