David Leonhardt is the Washington bureau chief of The New York Times. He is the author of the e-book, “Here’s the Deal: How Washington Can Solve the Deficit and Spur Growth,” published by The Times and Byliner. Previously, Mr. Leonhardt wrote the paper’s Economic Scene column, focusing on the housing bubble, the economic downturn, the budget deficit, health reform and education. In April 2011, he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for commentary. Mr. Leonhardt has also been a staff writer for The New York Times Magazine and helped found the Economix blog. He won the Gerald Loeb Award for magazine writing in 2009 for a Times Magazine article, “Obamanomics.” In 2005, he was one of the reporters who produced “Class Matters,” the paper’s series on social class in the United States. In 2004, he founded an analytical sports column, called “Keeping Score.” He became Washington bureau chief in September 2011. Before joining The Times in 1999, he worked for Business Week magazine and The Washington Post. Mr. Leonhardt studied applied mathematics at Yale. He is a third-generation native of New York.