Michael Kruse is a senior staff writer at POLITICO and POLITICO Magazine. At POLITICO, where he focuses on “Trumpology” and profiles of presidential candidates and other political notables, he has won the National Press Foundation’s Everett McKinley Dirksen Award for Distinguished Reporting of Congress and an honorable mention for the Toner Prize for Excellence in National Political Reporting. Prior to joining POLITICO, at the Tampa Bay Times, he won the American Society of News Editors’ distinguished non-deadline writing award and the Paul Hansell Award for Distinguished Achievement in Florida Journalism. His work has been anthologized in The Best American Newspaper Narratives, Out There: The Wildest Stories from Outside Magazine, and Next Wave: America’s New Generation of Great Literary Journalists. A native of the Boston area and a graduate of Davidson College, he lives in North Carolina with his wife, two daughters, two dogs and a guinea pig.