ABOUT MICHAEL KELLY
Kelly was born in Washington, D.C., in 1957, and grew up on Capitol
Hill, one of four siblings. His father, Tom, was for many years
a political reporter, White House reporter and columnist with The
Washington Daily News, and later worked for Vista
and as a freelance writer of books and magazine articles. His mother,
Marguerite, was involved in local Democratic politics, and later
became the author of books and a syndicated column on raising children.
After graduating with a degree in history in 1979 from the University
of New Hampshire, Kelly worked for several years as a researcher,
booker, and associate producer for ABC's Good Morning America.
From 1983 until 1986, he was a reporter and feature writer for The
Cincinnati Post, covering crime, local and state politics,
and special projects. His work for the Post won numerous
Associated Press and UPI awards.
Kelly was hired by The Baltimore Sun in 1986, and worked
for three years in that newspaper's Washington bureau, covering
the Iran-Contra affair and national politics. During the 1988 presidential
election, he covered the campaigns of Jesse Jackson and Michael
1989, Kelly quit the Sun to become a freelance writer and
moved to Chicago. He wrote for The Boston Globe, GQ,
and Esquire, among other publications. Kelly also covered
the Gulf War as a freelance reporter, writing for the Globe,
GQ, and The New Republic. His frontline dispatches
for The New Republic won a National Magazine Award and
an Overseas Press award. He expanded his war coverage into a book,
Martyr's Day: Chronicle of a Small War, which was published
by Random House in 1992 and won the PEN-Martha Albrand award and
a New York Times Notable Books listing.
In the spring of 1992, Kelly went to work at The New York Times
as a political reporter. He first briefly covered the campaign of
Ross Perot, then that of Bill Clinton. He worked briefly as a White
House correspondent, and then moved to the Times Magazine,
where he worked for a year writing cover stories on Bill and Hillary
Clinton, David Gergen, and life in the Gaza Strip under Yasir Arafat's
Kelly left the Times to accept a job as the Washington
editor of The New Yorker, where he wrote the magazine's
regular Letter From Washington, covered the Bosnian conflict as
a foreign correspondent through the summer of 1995, and filed campaign-trail
dispatches on the 1996 presidential race. He left The New Yorker
in the fall of 1996 to become editor of The New Republic,
and to write the TRB column for that magazine. He was fired from
The New Republic in the fall of 1997.
In November of that year, Kelly joined National Journal
as a weekly columnist, and also signed up to write a different weekly
column for The Washington Post Writers' Group. His Post
column was carried in twenty-four newspapers around the country,
as well as in the Post itself. In July 1998, following
the departure of National Journal editor Steve Smith to
US News and World Report, Kelly accepted the position
of editor of National Journal.
In February 2000 he became the editor of The Atlantic Monthly
and moved to Swampscott, Massachusetts with his family. In 2002
he became editor at large of The Atlantic.
Michael Kelly died on April 3, 2003, while on assignment in Iraq,
the first American reporter killed during the conflict. He is survived
by his wife, Madelyn, and two young sons, Tom and Jack.