David Maraniss (born 1949) is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author. As a reporter for The Washington Post he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting for his stories about the life and career of candidate Bill Clinton in the 1992 campaign for the U.S. presidency.
Maraniss began his journalism career as a high school student in Madison, Wisconsin, where he covered antiwar protests and high school football for a local daily newspaper. An associate editor at the Post, he joined that paper in 1977 and has served it in various capacities since.
Maraniss's 2008 book was The Olympics that Changed the World. He also published in 2006 Clemente: The Passion and Grace of Baseball's Last Hero, about Roberto Clemente. Previous books include They Marched into Sunlight, First in His Class: A Biography of Bill Clinton, Tell Newt To Shut Up (co-authored with Michael Weisskopf), The Clinton Enigma, and When Pride Still Mattered: A Life of Vince Lombardi. The Post assigned him the job of biographer for their coverage of 2008 presidential candidate Barack Obama.
Maraniss and wife Linda live in Washington, D.C. and Madison, Wisconsin.