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COMMENTARY - Biography

Colbert I. King
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Columbia University President Lee C. Bollinger (left) presents Colbert I. King with the 2003 Pulitzer Prize in Commentary.

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Colbert I. King
Colbert I. King was born in Washington, D.C. on Sept. 20, 1939. He was awarded a bachelor of arts degree in government in 1961 by Howard University, where he also pursued graduate work in public administration.

“Colby” King joined the editorial board of The Washington Post on August 1, 1990, and was appointed deputy editor of the editorial page on Jan. 3, 2000.

Before joining The Post, he served as an executive vice president and member of the board of directors of the Riggs National Bank of Washington, D.C. During his nearly 10 years with Riggs, Mr. King concentrated on international banking and federal financial services.

In the fall of 1979, President Jimmy Carter nominated Mr. King to serve as U.S. executive director to the World Bank.

From 1977 to 1979, Mr. King was a deputy assistant secretary of the treasury with responsibility for international legislation. In addition to his executive branch experience, he served from 1972 to 1976 as minority staff director of the Senate’s District of Columbia Committee, where he helped draft home-rule legislation and campaign-finance and conflict-of-interest rules for the nation’s capital.

In 1970-71, Mr. King participated in a Department of Health, Education and Welfare fellowship, allowing him to work on a special sickle-cell anemia project that helped launch the disease into national prominence.

Mr. King worked for the Stat Department from 1964 to 1980, including a three-year stint at the U.S. Embassy in Bonn. Before that he served as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army Adjutant General’s Corps from 1961 to 1963.

He is married to Gwendolyn Stewart King. They have three children and live in Washington, D.C.
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