Strategic messaging, op-ed writing, digital communications, media training, coalition and crisis management, media relations
Airlines, Energy, Financial Services, Tax Policy, Telecommunications, Healthcare, Pharmaceuticals, International
The Wall Street Journal, Time, Fortune, The Washington Post, The Washington Times, Fox News Channel
Jeff Birnbaum leads a team in Washington and London that gives strategic advice to coalitions, companies and governments about handling the media and issue campaigns. An award-winning journalist, Jeff has worked for the premier news outlets in the United States.
His experience includes serving as a White House, congressional and tax reporter for the Wall Street Journal, a senior political correspondent for Time Magazine, Washington bureau chief for Fortune Magazine and a columnist for the Washington Post. He is also the author of four books about Washington including the award-winning “Showdown at Gucci Gulch,” which he wrote with Alan S. Murray. In 1994, he won the Aldo Beckman Memorial Award for his coverage of the White House.
At BGR since 2010, Jeff and his team have advised trade associations, multinational corporations, coalitions and foreign governments. He has helped conduct proxy battles, run issue campaigns, design digital communications, manage coalitions, introduce new trade association CEOs and protect clients’ reputations during crises. On behalf of a wide range of clients, he has worked with international, national and regional media.
Jeff was a longtime contributor to Fox News Channel and is a columnist for the Washington Times, where he served as Managing Editor - Digital, in charge of multimedia and online news. In that role, Jeff helped oversee a newsroom staff of more than 170 and was involved in editing and orchestrating major-story coverage. He also founded a subscriber-based news service directed at industry leaders who want premium information about Washington policy and politics. In addition, Birnbaum oversaw the TV and radio operations.
Jeff was a columnist for the Washington Post for more than four years, covering the intersection of business and government. Prior to working at the Post, he spent seven years as the chief of Fortune magazine’s Washington bureau and two years as a senior political correspondent for Fortune’s sister publication, Time. Before joining Time in 1995, Birnbaum worked for the Wall Street Journal for 16 years.
Jeff’s latest book, “The Money Men,” examines campaign fund-raising and was published in 2000. “Showdown at Gucci Gulch,” published in 1987, won the American Political Science Association’s coveted Carey McWilliams Award in 1988. In 1992, Jeff’s second book, “The Lobbyists,” was a Washington Post bestseller. “Madhouse,” Jeff’s third book, about President Clinton’s White House, was published in 1996.
As a political analyst for Fox News Channel, Jeff was featured for more than a decade on Fox News’ Special Report as one of the show’s “Fox All Stars” and on several other Fox News programs as well as the Fox Business Network. He also appeared on Fox News Radio as its political analyst and commented every Monday morning on WBZ radio in Boston. He has also been chairman of the Bryce Harlow Foundation and a member of the board of the National Press Foundation.
A native of Scranton, Pa., Jeff is married with three children. He graduated magna cum laude with honors as an English major from the University of Pennsylvania where he was a member of the class of 1978.