E.J. Dionne, Jr. is a widely syndicated columnist for the Washington Post, a regular political analyst for National Public Radio, and a frequent guest on the Chris Matthews Show, the Tim Russert Show, and This Week with George Stephanopoulos. He spent fourteen years with the New York Times, reporting on state and local government, national politics, and from around the world, including stints in Paris, Rome, and Beirut. In 1990, he joined the Washington Post, covering national politics. His book, Why Americans Hate Politics, called "a classic in American political history" by Newsday, won the Los Angeles Times book prize and was a National Book Award nominee. E.J. Dionne's op-ed column is syndicated to more than one hundred newspapers. His new book, Souled Out: Reclaiming Faith & Politics after the Religious Right, was published in 2008. His other books include They Only Look Dead: Why Progressives Will Dominate the Next Political Era and Stand Up Fight Back: Republican Toughs, Democratic Wimps, and the Politics of Revenge. He is also the series co-editor to the Pew Forum Dialogues on Religion and Public Life, which include the recent publications: Lifting Up the Poor: A Dialogue on Religion, Poverty and Welfare Reform and One Electorate Under God?: A Dialogue on Religion and American Politics. He is a firm believer that America is about to enter a new progressive era featuring reform in government and renewed civic activism.