Francine Kiefer is the congressional correspondent for The Christian Science Monitor, which she joined in 1980. She has a long journalistic history in Washington, most recently as the Monitor’s commentary editor and an editorial writer, and before that as White House correspondent – covering the administrations of Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. In 1989, she reported on the fall of the Berlin Wall as the Monitor’s correspondent in Germany. In her early career she was a business reporter.
Francine also worked for nearly five years as the National Editor for The San Jose Mercury News in California’s Silicon Valley. She holds a BA in English literature from Smith College and an MFA in creative nonfiction writing from Goucher College. She has taught workshops on opinion writing at George Washington University and other colleges.