A syndicated Senior Writer for U.S. News & World Report and a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington D.C., Barone is a graduate of Harvard College (1966) and Yale Law School (1969). He edited both the Harvard Crimson and Yale Law Journal before serving as Law Clerk to Judge Wade H. Mc Cree, Jr., of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Barone is a frequent commentator on television and radio news programs on American politics, campaigns, history (American and English), and demographics, seen regularly on the Fox News Channel. He has been a member of the editorial page staff of the Washington Post, a Senior Staff Editor at Reader's Digest, and a Vice President of the polling firm of Peter D. Hart Research Associates.
Barone is principal co-author of THE ALMANAC OF AMERICAN POLITICS, which has been published biannually since 1971 and is now in its 18th edition. In addition to his most recent works listed below, he is the author of THE NEW AMERICANS: How the Melting Pot Can Work Again (Regnery, 2001) and OUR COUNTRY: The Shaping of America from Roosevelt to Reagan (Free Press, 1990).
Barone writes often for the Economist, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Detroit News, the Detroit Free Press, The Weekly Standard, the New Republic, National Review, the Times Literary Supplement and the Daily Telegraph of London.