One of Washington D.C.’s most influential and well-connected journalists will be sharing his insider knowledge at FFVA 2016’s traditional Cracker Breakfast.
Mike Allen, a “founding father” at POLITICO, one of Washington’s most popular publications, will speak at the annual event on Sept. 29.
Politico’s daily email tip sheet called Playbook, which Allen created, has become an early-morning go-to source for movers and shakers in politics and the media. The New York Times has called him “the man the White House wakes up to,” and Vanity Fair said, “Reading Playbook is as close as you can come on a Washington morning to knowing everything.”
Allen is known for his non-partisan, energetic and up-to-the-minute presentations on the political issues of the day, the Obama administration, the Republican Congress and the upcoming presidential election.
“We’re excited to have Mike as our keynote speaker,” said Lisa Lochridge, FFVA’s director of public affairs. “Our convention attendees are used to hearing from top-notch political analysts, and Mike won’t disappoint. And given the nature of this presidential campaign, his presentation couldn’t be more timely.”
TIME named Allen one of its top 140 Twitter feeds, calling him “the Virgil of the beltway, leading the rest of us hapless Dantes through the inferno of America’s political universe.” He’s been named to Vanity Fair’s “Top 50 New Establishment and Powers That Be” lists, and won the White House Correspondents’ Association’s Merriman Smith Memorial Award for outstanding presidential coverage on deadline in 2004.
Allen also is the creator of the daily newsletter Morning Money, which covers politics through a business lens. He also co-authored two e-books focusing on the 2012 presidential campaign.
Before POLITICO, Allen served as TIME magazine’s White House correspondent and spent six years at the Washington Post. He graduated from Washington and Lee University in 1986 with a double major in politics and journalism.
Allen recently announced his upcoming departure from POLITICO to start another venture with a fellow influential journalist.