Author, "Trouble in Lafayette Square"
Oct 31, 2018
Gil Klein
Author, "Trouble in Lafayette Square"

Gil Klein, 67, a long-time journalist and journalism educator in Washington, D.C., is the author of "Trouble in Lafayette Square: Assassination, Protest & Murder at the White House," published in May 2018. For 22 years, he was a national correspondent for the Media General News Service, writing for 23 newspapers in the South. His deep interest in American history has led him to explore past stories of where he lives and work. As he often walked across Lafayette Park on his way to work, he began collecting the tales in this book, even as he covered the White House during the George H.W. Bush administration.

He was the 1994 President of the National Press Club and wrote its centennial history in 2008, “Reliable Sources: 100 Years at the National press Club.” He toured the United States for the Club, holding forums on the First Amendment, Freedom of the Press and the Future of Journalism, and he remains the Club’s historian.

After leaving Media General, he was a journalism professor at American University’s Washington Semester Program, and now he is working with the University of Oklahoma to create a Washington program for its journalism school.

A graduate of Rollins College, he earned a Masters degree at American University before launching his journalism career. He lives with his wife, Gail, in Arlington, Va. and they have two grown children.