For more than a decade, I’ve covered the disruption of the news business and increasingly entangled world of media and politics.
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. I next joined Yahoo News, where I covered the news media as part of a new original reporting initiative, before taking on a similar role at HuffPost for more than six years. I rejoined Politico in 2017 as its senior media reporter and wrote and edited the Morning Media newsletter for 18 months.
I wrote extensively on political journalism throughout 2008, 2012, and 2016 presidential elections, reporting from all six Republican and Democratic conventions, several primary and general election debates, and early voting states like Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina. I’ve deeply covered President Donald Trump’s relationship with the media since the first weeks of his candidacy and continue to cover his presidency and the 2020 election.
Beyond the newsroom, I served as a Ferris Professor of Journalism at Princeton in Fall 2018 and have taught reporting and media criticism for several semesters at New York University as an Adjunct Professor.
Over the years, I’ve moderated panels for the New York Press Club, Center for Communication, Association of Magazine Media, and NYU’s Center for Publishing. I’ve also have appeared 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’ve also won a Los Angeles Press Club award for reporting on NBC and the Olympics and was twice a finalist for the Mirror Award.
Before focusing 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.”
Email at mlcalderone[at]gmail.com. And follow at @mlcalderone.