Shira Toeplitz Center
Shira Toeplitz Center is the senior politics reporter for Roll Call, “Source for News on Capitol Hill,” based in Washington, D.C. One of the beltway’s best campaign reporters and analysts, she has covered politics from Alaska to New Hampshire and everywhere in between for nearly a decade.
Known for her expertise, versatility, and comfort across media platforms, Toeplitz regularly breaks news, pens long-form stories, and appears on television and radio outlets around the country. During her tenure at Roll Call, Shira was the first national reporter to interview Sen. Al Franken after his election, and the last to do an extended interview with Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin before she was selected as the GOP nominee for vice president. Shira has also worked at POLITICO and National Journal’s The Hotline.
Shira is a sought-after speaker on campaigns, Capitol Hill, women and politics. She regularly speaks to Running Start Star Fellows about inside-the-beltway journalism, has delivered remarks to Women in Government Relations, a leading organization for female lobbyists, and has lectured on political journalism at the Women’s Campaign School at Yale University. In 2012, she served as a panelist at SXSW, the premier national technology conference in Austin, on the state of political journalism.
A frequent guest on cable news programs, Shira has offered commentary on political campaigns for ABC, CBS, CNN, CNBC, MSNBC, FOX, C-SPAN and CNN. She often guest hosts “Showdown 2012,” on XM’s politics station, POTUS. She has regularly appeared on television programs that run the political gamut, from “Hardball” with Chris Matthews on MSNBC, to “Your World” with Neil Cavuto on Fox, to “Good Morning America” on ABC.
Shira graduated from Northwestern University with a B.A. in political science, earning honors for her thesis on gender and communication strategies in politics. She hails from Pittsburgh and is an avid Steelers fan. She lives in D.C.’s Adams Morgan neighborhood with her fiancé and cat, who are also Steelers fans.