Francine Kiefer is based in the Los Angeles area as the West Coast Bureau Chief for The Christian Science Monitor. Her coverage of California has won two first-prize awards from the Los Angeles Press Club. She also has a long journalistic history in Washington, most recently as the Monitor’s Congressional Correspondent and earlier as White House correspondent – covering the administrations of Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. In between those two assignments, she served as commentary editor and editorial writer, also in Washington. In 1989, Francine reported on the fall of the Berlin Wall as the Monitor’s correspondent in Germany. In her early career she was a business reporter. She joined the Monitor in 1980.
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.