Paul Basken, staff writer, joined The Chronicle of Higher Education in 2007 and covers science and government policy. Basken worked previously at Bloomberg News, where he started the State Department bureau and covered beats including health care and education. He also worked for United Press International, spending five years covering the White House, with regular participation in televised presidential news conferences. He also covered Congress, led a team of foreign desk editors in London, and handled international assignments that included war coverage in the Middle East and Bosnia-Herzegovina.
Basken holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and electrical engineering from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. During college he worked as a stringer for the Associated Press and Newsweek, and he designed circuit boards at a company founded by his father in the Boston area. He worked for two years after college at The Springfield Daily News, covering western Massachusetts.
He has also worked as a substitute teacher in the Washington public schools, has served as an elected parent representative at his son’s school, and is a Little League Baseball coach and instructor. He has provided on-air analysis for national and international broadcast outlets, including the BBC, CNN, C-SPAN, and National Public Radio. Basken is the recipient of a 2008 enterprise reporting award from the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.