correspondent, Vanity Fair
Tood Purdum is an award winning journalist who joined Vanity Fair as national editor in 2006. Purdum had spent the last 23 years at The New York Times, where he started as a copyboy in 1982. He was most recently a correspondent in the Washington bureau, where he also served as a diplomatic and White House correspondent. From 1997 until 2001, Purdum was the Los Angeles bureau chief. He also held the positions of metropolitan reporter and city hall bureau chief in New York.