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David Hawkings

Senior Editor, Roll Call

As the senior editor of Roll Call, David Hawkings writes the “Hawkings Here” blog for the newspaper’s web site, along with a column that starts on the front page every day.

His aim is to provide penetrating, non-partisan and forward-looking analysis of policies being formed on Capitol Hill – and the people and politics driving the legislative debates.

It’s a natural perch for someone who’s been a passionate Congress-watcher at CQ Roll Call for almost two decades.

Before his current assignment began this year, Hawkings spent two years as founding editor of the company’s Daily Briefing and six years as managing editor of the flagship CQ Weekly magazine.

He has also been the company’s senior editor for legislative affairs; the magazine’s economics editor and its congressional affairs editor; and co-editor of “Politics in America,” CQ Roll Call's signature reference work on members of Congress.

Hawkings is a frequent guest to discuss Washington’s legislative and political developments on Fox News, CNN, MSNBC and National Public Radio. He offers analysis each Monday and Friday morning on NPR’s Washington affiliate, WAMU.

A native New Yorker and a graduate of Bucknell, before coming to CQ in 1995 he was a correspondent in the Washington Bureau of Thomson Newspapers and a reporter, columnist and editor at the San Antonio Light.

He lives in Washington with his wife, Betsy, and their two sons.