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Paula Broadwell

Scandal Figure / Writer

Born: 9 November 1972
Birthplace: Bismarck, North Dakota
Best known as:

The biographer who had an affair with Gen. David Petraeus

Name at birth: Paula Kranz

Paula Broadwell is the West Point graduate and author whose affair with Gen. David Petraeus led to his resignation as director of the CIA in 2012. Paula Broadwell began her career as an overachiever early: in 1991 she was both homecoming queen and valedictorian for her high school class in Bismarck, North Dakota. She graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1995 and served in the active military for 10 years, rising to the rank of lieutenant colonel. Then Broadwell began an active academic career, earning a masters degree from the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver (2006), a masters in Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University (2008), and beginning a PhD program at King's College London. She met Gen. Petraeus when he spoke at the Kennedy School in 2006. He became a mentor, and eventually she became his biographer: in January of 2012 she published All In: The Education of David Petraeus. Months later she became suddenly notorious when Petraeus resigned his post as CIA director, admitting that he had had an extramarital affair. Paula Broadwell was quickly reported to be the woman involved; the Charlotte Observer reported that their "intimate relationship" began in November 2011 and ended in July of 2012. 

Extra credit:

Paula Broadwell is married to Scott Broadwell, an interventional radiologist. They have two sons: Lucien (born circa 2006) and Landon (b. circa 2008)... The FBI allegedly began investigating Paula Broadwell after Jill Kelley, a Florida socialite and friend of Petraeus's, reported receiving threatening emails from an anonymous source. That source turned out to be Broadwell, who apparently regarded Kelley as a possible romantic rival... Paula Broadwell wrote All In with the help of Vernon Loeb, a journalist who has written papers including The Philadelphia Inquirer and The Washington Post.

 

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