He began his career in journalism as a reporter on the business desk of The Washington Post 1969. He left the paper to become a freelancer in 1973. His work has appeared in The Sunday Times, The New Republic and The Columbia Journalism Review. He joined the National Journal in 1976, where he wrote the "Economic Focus" column. He was a contributing editor there from 1981 to 1984, until he left to write for Newsweek.
Samuelson was born in New York City and raised in nearby White Plains, New York . He received his bachelor's degree in 1967 from Harvard University, where he majored in government.He lives in Bethesda, Maryland with his wife. They have one daughter and two sons. His commentary focuses on illustrating and explaining economic problems, with conclusions based on extensive facts and figures. One of his recurring topics is Social Security and the unwillingness of the politicians to deal with problems he and others believe it will have in the future. He is currently working on a third book.
Samuelson also does not vote in any elections (be they national, state or local) as he believes that voting interferes with his impartiality as a journalist.
NEWSWEEK COVER: Book Excerpt - "The Great Inflation and Its Aftermath: the Past and Future of American Affluence" By ROBERT J. SAMUELSON.(Excerpt)
Nov 19, 2008; "America's next president takes office facing the most daunting economic conditions in decades: certainly since Ronald Reagan and...