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Richard S. Dunham is the Washington bureau chief for the Houston Chronicle and Hearst Newspapers. He is also the creator and chief author of the popular political web site “Texas on the Potomac” on chron.com and mysanantonio.com.
He has served on the Steering Committee of The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press since 1999 and is a former chairman of the Steering Committee.
Dunham is the creator and host of the reporters’ roundtable radio program that is broadcast as part of the weekly series "From the National Press Club." He also has offered political analysis on ABC, CNN, CNBC, MSNBC, the PBS News Hour and XM/Sirius Satellite Radio. He has appeared on C-SPAN, the BBC, National Public Radio, ABC Radio, Fox News Channel and more than a dozen radio stations and networks from Brownsville to New Zealand.
A former president of the National Press Club, Dunham remains on the cutting edge of journalism technology and training as president of the National Press Club Journalism Institute, the educational and charitable arm of the world’s leading professional organization for journalists.
From 1992 to July 2007, Dunham was the national political correspondent for Business Week magazine, covering the White House, Congress and national political trends. He previously spent seven years in the Washington bureau of the Dallas Times Herald as a national political reporter, congressional correspondent and Supreme Court correspondent. During his 13 years at the Dallas Times Herald, he also was a political correspondent in the Austin bureau and a city desk reporter in Dallas.
Dunham has written for the Philadelphia Inquirer and the Cleveland Plain Dealer, and he has contributed to three books ("The Founding City," Chilton Books, 1976; "The Handbook of Campaign Spending," Congressional Quarterly Press, 1992; and “The Almanac of the Unelected,” Bernan Press, 2006). He wrote a new foreword to the 60th anniversary edition of his grandfather Barrows Dunham’s classic philosophy book, “Man against Myth,” which was republished in 2007.
Deeply committed to books and libraries, he has been a moderator at the Texas Book Festival for the past 10 years.
From 1992 to 1999, Dunham served on the Executive Committee of Periodical Correspondents, which oversees the press galleries on Capitol Hill for more than 2,000 news magazine and newsletter correspondents. As Executive Committee chairman from 1995 to 1997, he helped to coordinate press logistics for the national conventions and presidential inauguration.
A graduate of Central High School in Philadelphia, Dunham holds B.A. and M.A. degrees in history from the University of Pennsylvania. He resides in Arlington, Va., with his wife, Pam Tobey, a native of Silsbee, Texas, who works as a graphic artist at The Washington Post.