Editor at Large
John A. Limpert has been editor of The Washingtonian since January 1969. He was born in 1934 in Appleton, Wisconsin. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1954 to 1956, received a B.S. from the University of Wisconsin in 1959, and attended Stanford University Law School for a year.
He started in journalism with the United Press International news service in 1960 in the Minneapolis bureau, then worked in the St. Louis and Detroit bureaus. In 1964, he became editor of the Warren (Michigan) Progress. In 1965, he became editor of the San Jose (California) Sunpapers. In 1967, he became editor of the Washington D.C. Examiner.
In 1968 he was a Congressional Fellow, a one-year program run by the American Political Science Association. He was in the office of Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey, and traveled extensively in the 1968 Nixon-Humphrey presidential campaign. After finishing the fellowship, he joined the staff of The Washingtonian.
As a writer he won an American Political Science Association award for distinguished reporting in public affairs. As an editor, he has received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the City and Regional Magazine Association, the Distinguished Service in Local Journalism Award from the Society of Professional Journalists, and an Emmy for his contributions to the HBO movie Something the Lord Made.
He is a member of the American Society of Magazine Editors and the Society of Professional Journalists.
He is married to Jean Limpert and has two daughters, Ann, a food writer at The Washingtonian, and Jeannie, a physician doing a residency in pediatrics at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.