For more than a decade, I’ve covered the disruption of the news business and increasingly entangled world of media and politics.
I deeply covered the press during the 2008, 2012, and 2016 presidential elections, reporting from all six Republican and Democratic conventions, primary and general election debates, and early voting states like Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina.
I started out on the media beat as the New York Observer’s “Off the Record” columnist when the paper was required reading for Manhattan’s power elite. I left to join Politico while still in start-up mode as the site’s first media reporter. In addition to reported pieces, I created a Politico blog focused on the intersection of press and politics and published over 4,000 posts. I next joined Yahoo News, where I covered the news media and helped launch a new original reporting initiative, before taking on a similar role at HuffPost for six years. I recently rejoined Politico as its senior media reporter.
Currently, I’m also on the adjunct faculty of New York University, where I’ve taught a media criticism course examining coverage of political campaigns, war, Hollywood and Wall Street.
Over the years, I’ve moderated panels for the New York Press Club, Center for Communication, Association of Magazine Media, NYU’s Center for Publishing and the Politics on Film Festival. I’ve also have appeared as a media commentator on CNN, MSNBC, PBS, NPR, NY1, Al Jazeera English, and numerous talk radio shows.
My writing on a retracted “60 Minutes” report on the Benghazi attacks and coverage of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq was honored with the National Press Club’s Rowse Press Criticism award. I won the LA Press Club’s media business writing award for reporting on NBC’s Olympics coverage and have been a finalist for Penn State’s Bart Richards Award and Syracuse University’s Mirror Award.
Prior to reporting on the news media, I worked as a fact-checker for Artforum and Bookforum magazines and wrote pieces on arts and culture for The Fader, Nylon, Blackbook, The Brooklyn Rail, and New York Press. I also wrote the New York Observer’s real estate column, “Manhattan Transfers.”
A New Jersey native, I attended Rutgers University for undergrad and earned a master’s degree in journalism from New York University. I now live in Brooklyn with my wife Miriam and son Noam.
Email at mlcalderone[at]gmail.com. And follow at @mlcalderone.