For the past 15 years, as a reporter and editor, I’ve focused intensely on the ever-changing news business and the intersection of media and politics. And in the classroom, I’ve taught students both craft and criticism, instructing them to do original reporting and scrutinize the information they consume and share. 

I started out on the media beat as the New York Observer‘s “Off the Record” columnist before joining Politico as the publication’s first Media Reporter. There, I launched a daily blog covering the media from the 2008 campaign trail to the Obama White House to inside major networks and newspapers. I later served as Senior Media Reporter for Yahoo News and HuffPost, reporting on the 2012 and 2016 elections, before rejoining Politico, where I wrote and edited the Morning Media newsletter. At Vanity Fair’s “The Hive,” where I am currently a Senior Editor, I helped oversee 2020 election coverage and handle daily reporting on politics, media, tech, and business. 

Outside the newsroom, I have served twice as a Visiting Ferris Professor of Journalism at Princeton University, teaching “Media in America” in Fall 2018 and “Power and the Press” in Spring 2022. I have also I taught three semesters of “Advance Reporting: Media Criticism” at New York University as an Adjunct Professor.


Meanwhile, I’ve moderated panels for the New York Press Club, Center for Communication, Association of Magazine Media, and NYU’s Center for Publishing and have appeared on CNN, MSNBC, PBS, NPR, NY1, Al Jazeera English, and SiriusXM.

Beyond media and politics, I worked early on as a fact-checker for Artforum and Bookforum magazines and have written on books and culture for Bookforum, British GQ, The Fader, Nylon, Blackbook, The Brooklyn Rail, and New York Press. I also wrote the New York Observer‘s residential real estate column, “Manhattan Transfers.”

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