Alex Wagner

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Alex Wagner
Alex Wagner.jpg
Wagner in December 2011
Born Alexandra Swe Wagner
(1977-12-04) December 4, 1977 (age 36)
Washington, DC
Nationality American
Ethnicity Burmese mother
German and Irish father
Alma mater Brown University
Occupation Television journalist
Partner(s) Sam Kass
Parents Tin Swe Thant
Carl Wagner
MSNBC: Now With Alex Wagner

Alexandra Swe "Alex" Wagner (born December 4, 1977)[1] is an American television host and liberal political commentator. She is the anchor of the daytime program Now with Alex Wagner on MSNBC.

Early life and education[edit]

Alex Wagner was born and raised in Washington, D.C., attended Woodrow Wilson High School,[2] and graduated from Brown University in 1999.[3][1] Her mother, Tin Swe Thant, was a U.S. immigrant from Rangoon, Myanmar, is also American through marriage.[1] Her father, Carl Wagner, is from Iowa and of German and Irish descent, and is a prominent Democratic Party political consultant who co-chaired Bill Clinton’s presidential campaign.[4] Wagner was raised Roman Catholic.[5]


Wagner has worked as the cultural correspondent for the Center for American Progress.[6] From 2003 to 2007, she was editor-in-chief of The Fader magazine, covering music and cultural movements from around the world.[7] She also served as executive director of Not On Our Watch, an advocacy organization focused on mass atrocities and human rights violations.[7]

Wagner then became the White House correspondent for Politics Daily, a political news magazine under AOL News.[7] She moved to The Huffington Post after it was acquired by AOL.[8]

As an analyst on MSNBC, Wagner appeared on Countdown with Keith Olbermann and The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell.[9]

Since November 14, 2011 Wagner has hosted Now with Alex Wagner weekdays (originally at noon (ET), a time slot previously hosted by Contessa Brewer, but now at 4 PM (ET)). [10]

Political views[edit]

She has described herself as progressive[11] and believes that the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution should be repealed.[12] On matters involving Israel, she believes that there is an element of “trepidation that inhibits a robust discussion about Israel in the American media" due to fears of being labeled an anti-Semite.[13]

Personal life[edit]

Wagner is engaged to Barack Obama's personal chef and "Let’s Move" ambassador, Sam Kass.[14]


  1. ^ a b c Goodman, Lizzy (April 19, 2012). "Politicool: Alex Wagner". Elle. Retrieved August 11, 2012. "Wagner, who is 34 but looks 26, is young to have her own TV show... "I feel strongly about this as the first-generation American on my mom's side," Wagner says. (Her mother is from Burma, her father, Carl Wagner, from Iowa.)" 
  2. ^ Neal, Jill Hudson. "Alex Wagner: A Voice for All Things Now". Capitol File. Retrieved 18 April 2013. 
  3. ^ "Now with Alex Wagner - Biographies". NBCUniversal. Archived from the original on 2012-02-28. Retrieved 2012-02-28. 
  4. ^ Burmese-American Alex Wagner Hosts Her Own U.S. Political TV Show IIP Digital, U.S. Department of State
  5. ^ Real Clear Politics: "Fireworks: MSNBC's Alex Wagner vs. Ron Paul On Syria, Liberty, Anti-Semitism" September 5, 2013 | Wagner: I was raised Catholic, so that’s the last thing I’d want to do.
  6. ^ "Alex Wagner". Politics Daily. Retrieved October 21, 2011. 
  7. ^ a b c "Alex Wagner". The Huffington Post. Retrieved October 21, 2011. 
  8. ^ Weprin, Alex (October 20, 2011). "Political Analyst Alex Wagner to Host New NoonET Show on MSNBC". TV Newser. Retrieved October 21, 2011. 
  9. ^ Alvarez, Alex (October 21, 2011). "MSNBC Analyst Alex Wagner Developing Her Own Noontime Show On The Network". Mediaite. Retrieved October 21, 2011. 
  10. ^ Knox, Merrill (November 11, 2011). "‘Now With Alex Wagner’ Debuts Monday on MSNBC". TV Newser. Retrieved November 11, 2011. 
  11. ^ Byers, Dylan (June 9, 2012). "MSNBC's Alex Wagner breaks the old mold". Politico. 
  12. ^ "MSNBC's Alex Wagner: Get Rid Of Second Amendment". Real Clear Politics. November 6, 2011. Retrieved January 11, 2013. 
  13. ^ Hareetz: "MSNBC host Alex Wagner: Fear of anti-Semitism charge inhibits 'robust discussion' about Israel" by Chemi Shalev March 15, 2013
  14. ^ Washington Post: "Sam Kass and Alex Wagner are engaged" September 27, 2013

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