Updated Saturday, November 10, 2012 at 10:21 AM
WASHINGTON — Paula Broadwell, co-author of a biography of David Petraeus, was the valedictorian of her high-school class and homecoming queen, a fitness champion at West Point with a graduate degree from Harvard, and a model for a gun manufacturer.
She was also state student council president, all-state basketball player and orchestra concertmistress in her native North Dakota.
Broadwell's name burst into public view Friday after Petraeus, the nation's top spy, resigned amid an FBI investigation that uncovered their affair.
Broadwell, 40, was not shy about her interactions with Petraeus as she promoted the biography: "All In: The Education of General David Petraeus," this year. While she was embedded in Afghanistan from July 2010 to July 2011, she had unusual access to the general, she noted, taping many of her interviews for the book while running six-minute miles with Petraeus in Kabul, the Afghan capital.
Her biography on the Penguin Speakers Bureau website says she is a research associate at Harvard's Center for Public Leadership and a doctoral candidate in the Department of War Studies at King's College London. She received a master's in public administration from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. She has also modeled for KRISS, a manufacturer of .45-caliber submachine guns. A self-described "soccer mom" and an Ironman triathlete, she is married to a radiologist and has two sons. They live in Charlotte, N.C.