Background and Biography
Shira T. Center (née Toeplitz) is a political editor with the Boston Globe, where she coordinates the newspaper's coverage of the New Hampshire primary and 2016 presidential race. She also works on the Globe's weekly section on politics, Capital, which publishes Friday in print and throughout the week online.
Prior to this, Shira served as politics editor for Roll Call, the top news source on Capitol Hill, based in Washington, D.C. During her tenure at Roll Call, Shira was the first national reporter to interview Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., after his election, and the last to do an extended interview with Alaska Governor Sarah Palin before she was selected as the GOP nominee for vice president.
An authority on Congressional races, Shira spearheaded Roll Call’s coverage of the decennial redistricting process following the U.S. Census. She possesses an encyclopedic knowledge of the demographics and geography of Congressional districts, and she can articulate the intricacies of voting rights laws in digestible and interesting ways.
She uses social media to enhance and promote this work across all platforms. She boasts a Twitter audience of more than 18,000 followers. In 2012, she served as an invited panelist at SXSW, the premier national technology conference in Austin, on the state of political journalism.
In 2014, Shira was the selected to serve as a Resident Fellow at Harvard University's Institute of Politics, where she designed and led regular discussions on gender, journalism and the midterm elections. She is one of the youngest professionals to ever selected for the program.
A frequent guest on cable news programs, Shira regularly offers commentary on politics for MSNBC, FOX, C-SPAN and CNN. She has served as a guest host on XM’s politics station, POTUS, and appeared on the station many times.
Her writing has appeared in the Washington Post, Washingtonian and National Journal. Shira has also worked at POLITICO and National Journal’s The Hotline.
Shira has been a featured speaker at events for her alma mater, Northwestern University, spoke on political journalism to the Women’s Campaign School at Yale University, and served as guest lecturer on politics at American University and Georgetown University. She regularly speaks to Running Start, a non-partisan program for collegiate women in politics, and serves on that group's Advisory Council.
Shira graduated from Northwestern University with a B.A. in political science, earning honors for her thesis on gender and communication strategies in politics.
Shira hails from Pittsburgh and is an avid Steelers fan. She lives in Boston with her husband, Eli Center.