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Paula Broadwell
Paula Broadwell.jpg
Broadwell in July 2011
Born Paula Dean Kranz
November 9, 1972(1972-11-09) (age 47)[1]
Bismarck, North Dakota, USA[2]
Residence Dilworth, Charlotte, North Carolina
Nationality American
Alma mater U.S. Military Academy (B.S.)
University of Denver (Master of Arts)
Harvard University (M.P.A.)
Occupation Journalist
Military officer
Spouse(s) Scott Broadwell
Children 2

Paula Dean Broadwell (née Kranz; born November 9, 1972[1]) is an American writer, academic, and former military officer.[3][4]

She is the co-author with Vernon Loeb of All In: The Education of General David Petraeus,[5] a biography of then International Security Assistance Force commander David Petraeus.[6][7] On November 9, 2012, she was reported to have been involved in an extramarital affair with Petraeus that triggered his resignation as Director of the CIA when it was discovered by the .[8]

Early life and educationEdit

Born and raised as Paula Kranz in Bismarck, North Dakota, she attended Century High School, where she was homecoming queen, valedictorian of the class of 1991,[9] and an All-State basketball player.[3] Her parents, Paul and Nadene Kranz, divorced when she was a teenager. Paul was a high school basketball coach.[10] In 2006 she was inducted into the Century High school hall of fame.[11]

Broadwell graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1995 with a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering and political geography.[12][13] She earned a Master of Arts degree in international security from the University of Denver's Josef Korbel School of International Studies in 2006.[14][15] She earned a Master of Public Administration degree from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University in 2008.[16][17] The Washington Post has reported that Broadwell had earlier (2007) been asked to withdraw from Harvard's Ph.D. program, as her coursework reportedly did not meet the university's standards.[18] Broadwell is a Research Associate in the Kennedy School's Center for Public Leadership Fellows.[19] In 2008, she entered the PhD program at Department of War Studies at King's College London.[20]


Broadwell served in the United States Army and the United States Army Reserve. She was approved for promotion to lieutenant colonel in the Reserves as of August 2012.[21] In February 2013 it was reported that the Army had revoked Broadwell's promotion to lieutenant colonel. She was classified as ineligible for promotion due to being under investigation by the Army for the Petraeus affair scandal. It was also reported that she would not be eligible for promotion until the investigation was fully resolved.[22]

Broadwell was Deputy Director of the Jebsen Center for Counter-Terrorism Studies at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.[4] She also worked with the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force.[4]

In 2006, shortly before meeting Petraeus, Broadwell applied for a job with the FBI. A retired FBI agent quoted by The Daily Beast has suggested that the FBI would have been very impressed with her qualifications and experience. The FBI offered her a job, but Broadwell decided instead to go to Harvard University.[23]

Broadwell met Petraeus in 2006 when he was a speaker at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.[24] She was a graduate student at the time.[24] According to the Charlotte Observer, she told him about her research interests after he spoke.[24] He handed her his card and offered his help.[24] She began a doctoral dissertation that included a case study of his leadership, with Petraeus fully cooperating.[24] Broadwell then co-authored a biography of Petraeus, All In: The Education of General David Petraeus, with Vernon Loeb that was published in January 2012.[25] The writer Joshua Foust has challenged the accuracy of Broadwell's account of the US destruction of the Afghan village of Khosrow Sofla.[26]

Broadwell has also written for the New York Times and the Boston Globe.[27][28] Her public speaking engagements have included addressing a group of Republican women in October 2012 organized by the then Colorado House Majority Leader Amy Stephens.[29][30]

In June 2009 and June 2011 Broadwell attended meetings on Afghanistan-Pakistan policy in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, which is part of the White House complex.[31]

Personal lifeEdit

Marriage and familyEdit

Broadwell is married to Dr. Scott Broadwell, an interventional radiologist who graduated from George Washington University School of Medicine in 1996.[4] They reside in Charlotte, North Carolina, and have two young sons.[24]

Scott Broadwell and his future wife Paula Kranz met in 2000 when they were both active duty US Army captains. He was then a physician and commander of the Mannheim military clinic in Germany. Paula Kranz was in military intelligence. They were married in Heidelberg Castle with Lt. Col. Ronald Leininger, a Protestant Army chaplain officiating.[32]

Petraeus affairEdit

About May 2012 Jill Kelley began to receive emails that she considered to be threatening and harassing. She contacted the FBI, which traced the emails to Broadwell.[33] The emails reportedly indicated that Broadwell suspected Kelley of starting an affair with General David Petraeus, who was a friend of Kelley's.[33] Although the sending of the emails was deemed to be insufficient grounds for a criminal charge, the FBI called Broadwell in for questioning, at which time she admitted to the affair with Petraeus.[33] After Broadwell turned over her computer, classified documents were found, which led to further FBI scrutiny of her relationship with Petraeus.[33][34] Although Petraeus was not identified as the provider of the documents, the affair was revealed in early November 2012 and was cited by Petraeus as the reason for his resignation on November 9.[3][35]

When the news of the scandal became public, Paula Broadwell spent time away from her husband and family secluded in Washington D.C. at her brother's home while her home in Charlotte, North Carolina was being searched by the FBI. She subsequently returned home to be with her husband and children.[36] The media has taken note of how Scott and Paula Broadwell have tried to get back to normal life.[32]

Following the revelations about her relationship with Petraeus, Broadwell has retained the services of former Press Secretary Dee Dee Myers[37] with the public relations firm The Glover Park Group. The founders of The Glover Park Group have previously served as officials in the Clinton White House and on the presidential campaign of former vice president Al Gore.[38] The firm's services include public relations, advertising,[39] marketing, government relations and policy counsel, crisis management and opinion research.

It was announced December 18, 2012, the United States Department of Justice will not charge Broadwell with cyberstalking.[40]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Shane, Scott; Stolberg, Sheryl Gay (November 10, 2012). "A Brilliant Career With a Meteoric Rise and an Abrupt Fall". Retrieved November 11, 2012.  "Ms. Broadwell, who was born while Mr. Petraeus was a West Point cadet and turned 40 on Friday, ..."
  2. Grossman, Samantha (November 12, 2012). "Paula Broadwell, David Petraeus’ Biographer and Alleged Mistress". Retrieved November 12, 2012. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Shear, Michael, D. (November 9, 2012). "Woman Linked to Petraeus Is a West Point Graduate and Lifelong High Achiever." The New York Times
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 "Paula Broadwell (MA ’06)". Alumni Relations. University of Denver. Retrieved November 11, 2012. 
  5. "Bestsellers February 26, 2012". February 26, 2012. Retrieved November 11, 2012. 
  6. Stein, Jeff (November 10, 2012). "Covert Affairs: A short history of spies and their sex scandals.". Retrieved November 11, 2012. 
  7. Morella, Michael (February 17, 2012). "General David Petraeus's Leadership and Legacy". U.S. News & World Report. 
  8. Kaplan, Fred (November 8, 2012). "Petraeus Resigns Over Affair With Biographer". Slate. Retrieved November 8, 2012. "The woman with whom Gen. David Petraeus was having an affair is Paula Broadwell, the author of a recent hagiographic book about him, All In: The Education of General David Petraeus." 
  9. Barney, Madison (January 30, 2012). Bismarck native profiles Gen. David Petraeus in new book. Bismarck Tribune
  10. "David Petraeus scandal: Paula Broadwell voted homecoming queen in high school". November 12, 2012. Retrieved November 16, 2012.
  12. Gross,an, Samantha (November 12, 2012). Paula Broadwell, David Petraeus’ Biographer and Alleged Mistress. Time
  14. Paula Broadwell (MA '06). via University of Denver
  15. Davidson, Joanne (June 17, 2004). Back-to-back accolades for DU's Ritchie. The Denver Post
  16. Broadwell, Paula (August 30, 2005). Iraq's doomed police training. Boston Globe
  17. "Speaker profile: Paula Broadwell". Penguin Speakers bureau. Archived from the original on November 13, 2012. 
  18. Greg Jaffe and Anne Gearan (November 15, 2012). "Paula Broadwell’s drive and resilience hit obstacles". Retrieved 10 December 2012. 
  19. David Petraeus: Paula Broadwell, Jill Kelley, the Story Behind the Women Who Brought Down CIA Head
  20. Paula D Broadwell student page via King's College London
  21. Rothacker, Rick (November 11, 2012). "Petraeus relationship leads to book, scandal for Broadwell". Archived from the original on January 2, 2013. Retrieved November 11, 2012. 
  22. Barbara Starr (February 20, 2013). "Paula Broadwell military promotion revoked". CNN. Retrieved February 21, 2013. 
  23. Daly, Michael (November 16, 2009). "Paula Broadwell, FBI Agent?". The Daily Beast. 
  24. 24.0 24.1 24.2 24.3 24.4 24.5 Kelley, Pam (January 24, 2012). "Charlotte author chronicles Gen. Petraeus' war career". Archived from the original on March 5, 2012. Retrieved November 11, 2012. 
  25. Broadwell, Paula with Vernon Loeb (2012). All In: The Education of General David Petraeus. Penguin, ISBN 9781101552308
  26. Foust, Joshua: Paula Broadwell’s Dishonest Portrayal of Tarok Kolache, Registan, February 19, 2011.
  27. Broadwell, Paula (October 20, 2009). "Women at War". The New York Times. 
  28. Broadwell, Paula (December 12, 2006). "The growing role of women in terrorism". Boston Globe. 
  29. GOP women highlighted in splashy soiree The Denver Post: 'The Spot' for Politics and Policy blog October 10, 2012
  30. Eli Stokols, Colorado lawmaker recalls Paula Broadwell at GOP fundraiser KDVR Denver, November 12, 2012
  31. James Nye and Snejana Farberov (17 November 2012, updated 19 November 2012). "Revealed: White House lawyer gave Jill Kelley access to President's home THREE times (and Paula Broadwell's been there twice as well) |". Retrieved 10 December 2012. 
  32. 32.0 32.1 Daly, Michael (November 21, 2012). "Scott Broadwell Proves to Be a Class Act in the Wake of His Wife’s Affair". Retrieved 7 December 2012. 
  33. 33.0 33.1 33.2 33.3 Horwitz, Sari (November 10, 2012). "FBI probe of Petraeus triggered by e-mail threats from biographer, officials say". Retrieved November 11, 2012. 
  34. FBI Scrutinized on Petraeus: Complaints by Female Social Planner Led to Email Trail That Undid CIA Chief The Wall Street Journal November 11, 2012
  35. Stenovec, Timothy. "Paula Broadwell, David Petraeus Biographer, Reportedly Woman Involved In CIA Director's Affair". Huffington Post. Retrieved November 10, 2012. 
  36. Cleve R. Wootson Jr. and Elisabeth Arriero (November 13, 2012). "Paula Broadwell's Charlotte home is searched by FBI for 4 hours". Archived from the original on 19 January 2013. Retrieved 7 December 2012. 
  37. Shane, Scott (November 20, 2012). "Second Act of a Scandal: Cue the Superlawyers and the Spinmasters". Retrieved 9 December 2012. 
  38. Sudhaman, Arun (29 November 2011). "Glover Park Acquired By WPP". The Holmes Report. Retrieved 6 December 2011. 
  39. Birnbaum, Jeffrey H. (8 September 2004). "Lobbyists Take Leave to Advise Kerry Campaign". p. E01. 
  40. "Petraeus mistress won't face cyberstalking charge". Retrieved 18 December 2012. 

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