Eliza Newlin Carney is a Washington writer, editor and columnist. She writes a weekly column on democracy issues for The American Prospect, and is working on a civic engagement handbook titled The Civic Solution.
A longtime K Street and campaign finance trend spotter, Carney coined the term “super PAC,” and has covered lobbying fights over health care, Wall Street regulations, defense spending, sugar subsidies, spectrum auctions and more.
Carney’s experience includes senior positions at The American Prospect, CQ Roll Call and National Journal. She has offered commentary as a guest on C-SPAN, CNN, Fox News, National Public Radio and the PBS NewsHour. She has been a panelist at the American Political Science Association’s annual conference; the Bipartisan Policy Center; the Brookings Institution; the Cato Institute; the National Press Club Speaker’s Bureau and the Sunlight Foundation, among others.
Carney has also worked as a freelance writer, with articles in Adoptive Families, American Journalism Review, Government Executive, Governing and Presstime magazines, among others. Carney previously covered Capitol Hill for States News Service, where her subscribing newspapers included The New York Times and The Evening Sun of Baltimore.
Carney’s other experience includes working as an adjunct journalism professor at George Washington University’s School of Media and Public Affairs. She has a Master’s degree from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, and a B.A. from Swarthmore College. Her work has been recognized by the Capital Press Women and the Philadelphia Press Association.
A choral singer, songwriter and acoustic music promoter in her free time, Carney produced a children’s CD titled “Love Flows Down” in 2007. She lives in Silver Spring, Md., with her husband, USA Today editorial writer Dan Carney, and their daughter, Elizabeth.