In addition to chronicling the hokum and hustles of his con-man great-uncle,Walter Shapiro has covered every presidential campaign since 1980. A columnist at Roll Call, Shapiro is also a fellow at the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU and a lecturer in political science at Yale. He won the 2010 Sigma Delta Chi Award for best online columnist for his work as a senior correspondent at Politics Daily. During his four decades covering politics, Shapiro has been a columnist for USA Today, and Esquire, and the Washington bureau chief for Salon. He has been on the staff of Time, Newsweek, and The Washington Post. His book on the prelude to the 2004 Democratic presidential race, One-Car Caravan, was published in 2003. Shapiro served in the Carter White House as a presidential speechwriter. For a decade, he performed standup comedy at clubs in New York and claims that his on-stage career is merely on hiatus. He lives in Manhattan with his wife, writer Meryl Gordon.