Colbert Isaiah King (born September 20, 1939) is a columnist for
The Washington Post
The Washington Post and the deputy editor of the Post's editorial
page. In 2003, he won the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary.
1 Early life
3 Personal life
5 External links
King was born to Amelia Colbert King and Isaiah King III and grew
up in the
Foggy Bottom neighborhood of Washington, DC. He attended
Thaddeus Stevens Elementary School, Francis Junior High School, and
Paul Laurence Dunbar High School. At Dunbar, he was a member of ROTC
as well as the school's championship drill team. After graduating
from high school in 1957, he earned his
Bachelor of Arts degree in
Howard University in 1961.
From 1961 to 1963, King served as a
U.S. Army officer with the
Adjutant General's Corps, then worked as special officer for the
United States Department of State
United States Department of State through 1970, eventually leaving
over objections to the Counter Intelligence Program (COINTELPRO).
He then spent a year on a fellowship at the Department of Health,
Education and Welfare, working with
James Farmer to draw national
attention to sickle-cell anemia and other underserved minority health
From 1971 to 1972, King was a VISTA volunteer. In 1972, he became
minority staff director of the United States Senate Committee on the
District of Columbia, where he helped draft the District of Columbia
Home Rule Act.
In 1976, King became Deputy Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Treasury
Department, then was appointed U.S. executive director to the World
Bank by President Jimmy Carter.
In 1980, he became executive vice president for the Middle East and
Africa at Riggs Bank, where he served for 10 years and became a
member of the board of directors.
King joined The Washington Post's editorial board in 1990, then became
the editorial page's deputy editor in 2000. He began writing a
weekly column at the suggestion of Post editor Meg Greenfield.
He was a regular television panelist on the weekly political
Inside Washington until the show ceased production in
In 2003, King won the Pulitzer Prize in Commentary "for his
against-the-grain columns that speak to people in power with ferocity
King lives in
Washington, D.C. with his wife, Gwendolyn Stewart
King, who served as Commissioner of the U.S. Social Security
Administration under President George H.W. Bush. They met in the
late 1950s at Howard University and married on July 3, 1961 and
have three children. King's son Rob King is senior vice president
SportsCenter and News at ESPN.
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^ "A 'Depraved' Foggy Bottom". Fishbowl DC. AdWeek. January 21, 2005.
^ Milk, Leslie (2010-01-01). "2009's Washingtonians of the Year:
Colbert I. King". Washingtonian. Retrieved 2017-10-23.
^ Farhi, Paul (September 8, 2013). "After more than 40 years, 'Inside
Washington' will go off the air". The Washington Post. Retrieved
October 20, 2017.
^ "Colbert I. King". National Press Foundation. Retrieved
^ Associated Press (1989-07-15). "
Gwendolyn King Selected to Head
Social Security". Los Angeles Times. ISSN 0458-3035. Retrieved
^ King, Colbert I. (February 19, 2005). "For Redder, for Bluer". The
Washington Post. Retrieved October 22, 2017.
^ Hare, Kristen (June 18, 2016). "Rob King and
Colbert I. King on
journalism, fatherhood and a new generation". Pontyer. Retrieved
October 21, 2017.
Column archive at The Washington Post
The 2010 Chairman’s Citation Winner: Colbert I. King, National Press
Works by or about
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Appearances on C-SPAN
Voices on Antisemitism interview with King, United States Holocaust
Memorial Museum, October 4, 2012
Pulitzer Prize for Commentary
Pulitzer Prize for Commentary (2001–2025)
Dorothy Rabinowitz (2001)
Thomas Friedman (2002)
Colbert I. King (2003)
Leonard Pitts (2004)
Connie Schultz (2005)
Nicholas D. Kristof (2006)
Cynthia Tucker (2007)
Steven Pearlstein (2008)
Eugene Robinson (2009)
Kathleen Parker (2010)
David Leonhardt (2011)
Mary Schmich (2012)
Bret Stephens (2013)
Stephen Henderson (2014)
Lisa Falkenberg (2015)
Farah Stockman (2016)
Peggy Noonan (2017)