Alessandra Stanley

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Alessandra Stanley is an American journalist. In 2003 she became the chief television critic for The New York Times. Before then, Stanley was a foreign correspondent for the newspaper, first as co-chief of the Moscow bureau,[1] and then Rome bureau chief. Before the New York Times, Stanley was a correspondent for Time where she worked overseas as well as in Los Angeles and in Washington D.C., where she covered the White House. She has also written for The New York Times Magazine, The New Republic, GQ and Vogue. Born in Boston, MA, Stanley grew up in Washington, D.C. and Europe, and studied literature at Harvard University.[2] She is the daughter of defense expert Timothy W. Stanley.[1] Stanley lives in New York City with her daughter.

In 1993, Alessandra Stanley received the Matrix Award from Women in Communications.[3]

In 1998, she received the Weintal Prize for Diplomatic Reporting.[4]

Among her most popular columns are her critical take on the series finale of the Sopranos, her assessment of Jerry Sandusky's denial of charges of pedophilia to NBC and her coverage of Russian television on the eve of the 2012 presidential election.

In the fall of 2011, Stanley taught a semester at Princeton University entitled "Investigative Viewing: The Art of Television Criticism," an "intensive introduction to criticism as it is undertaken at the highest level of a cultural institution."[5]

Several news and media organizations, including the Times, have criticized the accuracy of Stanley's reporting.[6][7][8][9][10] Among the articles that they have criticized are a September 5, 2005 piece on Hurricane Katrina,[11] a 2005 article that called the sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond "All About Raymond",[12] and a July 18, 2009 retrospective on the career of Walter Cronkite that contained eight research and spelling errors.[13] In an August 2009 article examining the mistakes in the Cronkite piece, Clark Hoyt, the Times's public editor, described Stanley as "much admired by editors for the intellectual heft of her coverage of television" but "with a history of errors".[14] Then executive editor Bill Keller defended Stanley, saying "She is — in my opinion, among others — a brilliant critic." [15] In April 2012, Salon contributor Glenn Greenwald described her New York Times review of Julian Assange's television debut as "revealing, reckless snideness" and "cowardly."[16] In September 2014, she wrote an obituary of Joan Rivers notable for its combination of critical insight and eulogy. [17]


  1. ^ a b New York Times, 23 September 1997, Timothy W. Stanley, 69, Expert On Defense Policy and Strategies
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  8. ^ Silverman, Craig (2009-07-24). "Wrong, Wrong, Wrong, Wrong, Wrong, Wrong". Columbia Journalism Review. Columbia University. Retrieved 2009-07-27. 
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  10. ^ Sklar, Rachel (28 March 2008). "Because The New York Times Never Does Anything Controversial, Bill Keller Thinks It Probably Doesn't Need A Public Editor". Huffington Post. 
  11. ^ Stanley, Alessandra. Reporters Turn From Deference to Outrage, Editors' note appended, The New York Times, 5 September 2005.
  12. ^ Stanley, Alessandra. The Unmarried and the Befuddled Are Still Good for Laughs, Correction appended, The New York Times, 21 September 2005.
  13. ^ Cronkite’s Signature: Approachable Authority, correction appended, The New York Times
  14. ^ Hoyt, Clark. "How Did This Happen?" The New York Times, 1 August 2009.
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  16. ^ Greenwald, Glenn (18 April 2012). "Attacks on RT and Assange reveal much about the critics". Salon. Retrieved 23 April 2012. 
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