Jim Puzzanghera is a reporter in the Globe's Washington Bureau, focusing on the national economy and the White House. He has written about the economic impact of the pandemic, Russia’s war in Ukraine, Federal Reserve actions, White House policies, and congressional legislation. He also covers President Biden and his re-election campaign.
He served as bureau chief from 2019-21, directing coverage of the 2020 presidential campaign and overseeing the Globe’s Back to the Battleground series that won the 2020 Toner Prize for Excellence in National Political Reporting. He's worked as a journalist in the nation’s capital since 1998 and is a two-time National Press Club award winner for Washington reporting.
Before arriving at the Globe in 2019, Puzzanghera covered business and economic issues for more than a dozen years in the Los Angeles Times’ Washington bureau. He was one of the lead reporters covering the 2008 financial crisis and its aftermath, winning the L.A. Times’ top newsroom award in 2009 for his work. Prior to that, Puzzanghera was the Washington bureau chief for the San Jose Mercury News, writing about the intersection of technology and politics for the Silicon Valley-based publication as well as covering major national stories, including the Clinton impeachment, the 9/11 terrorist attacks and the 2000 and 2004 presidential campaigns.
A native of Melrose, Mass., Puzzanghera earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from Northwestern University in 1985. He began his career in New England at the New Haven Register in Connecticut, where he got his first national political experience covering the 1988 New Hampshire primary. He also has worked at the St. Petersburg Times and Newsday, where he was a reporter and editor. Before arriving in Washington, Puzzanghera worked in Silicon Valley for the San Jose Mercury News, covering higher education and biotechnology.