David A. Kaplan has worked at Newsweek as an award-winning writer and editor for 17 years. He edits the magazine’s Enterprise section and its annual College Guide, and writes on a range of subjects.
His cover stories have included profiles of Clarence Thomas, George Steinbrenner and Rudy Giuliani; analyses of Supreme Court politics and the flaws of the capital punishment system; and features on the new money of Silicon Valley, the Hale-Bopp Comet, the creation of Netscape, the great home-run chase of the summer of ’98 and the marketing machine behind the “Star Wars” prequels. His September 2006 cover story, “The Boss Who Spied on Her Board,” broke the Hewlett-Packard boardroom spying scandal, which forced the resignation of HP’s chairwoman and led to Congressional investigations.
Kaplan has written three books. “The Silicon Boys” (1999) was a national bestseller about the history and culture of Silicon Valley, and has been translated into six languages. “The Accidental President” (2001) was about the extraordinary 37 days following the 2000 presidential election; it was excerpted exclusively in a Newsweek cover story, “The Secret Vote That Made Bush President.” His latest book, “Mine’s Bigger: Tom Perkins and the Making of the Greatest Sailing Machine Ever Built,” will be published in July 2007. All three books are from HarperCollins.
Prior to joining Newsweek, Kaplan practiced law on Wall Street, served as an intern for the U.S. Attorney's Office in Manhattan and was a summer fellow at the White House Press Office. He has also taught writing and intellectual-property courses at different law schools.
Kaplan has written extensively outside the magazine, including for The Washington Post, The New York Times Magazine, Wired, SKI Magazine, Food & Wine, USA Weekend Magazine and The Nation. He is also an occasional contributor to the New York Times op-ed page. He has appeared frequently on television as a commentator about the Supreme Court and legal affairs.
Kaplan is an honors graduate of Cornell and the New York University School of Law (where he won three schoolwide advocacy competitions, including the moot court championship). During the 1994-1995 academic year, he was a John S. Knight fellow in journalism at Stanford. He resides north of New York City with his wife, attorney Audrey S. Feinberg, and their two sons.