Life and career
He began his career at the Gannett Westchester Newspaper (now The Journal News), where he worked from 1977–83 as a reporter in Putnam County, White Plains, and northern Westchester County. He then worked for the New York Daily News (1983–90) and USA Today (1990–1993), where he covered Bill Clinton's 1992 presidential campaign and the first year of the Clinton White House.
After joining the New York Times in 1996, Nagourney was assigned to cover the presidential campaign of Bob Dole. After the 1996 election, he became the paper's metropolitan political correspondent in New York. He was appointed chief political correspondent in 2002 and covered the 2004 re-election of President George W. Bush and the 2008 election of Barack Obama. He became the paper's Los Angeles bureau chief in the summer of 2010.
Nagourney is openly gay, as was his predecessor as chief political correspondent at the Times, Rick Berke. His brother, Eric Nagourney, is an editor at the Times.
On June 16, 2015, Nagourney was one of three reporters on an article published in The New York Times titled "Deaths of Irish Students in Berkeley Balcony Collapse Cast Pall on Program". The article described students in the J-1 visa program as "a source of embarrassment for Ireland".
Nagourney "acknowledged that it could have been addressed in a more sensitive fashion" and said, "I absolutely was not looking to in any way appear to be blaming the victims, or causing pain in this awful time for their families and friends ... I feel very distressed at having added to their anguish."
- With Dudley Clendinen. Out for Good: The Struggle to Build a Gay Rights Movement in America New York: Simon and Schuster, 1999. ISBN 0-684-81091-3 ISBN 978-0-684-81091-1
- Stein, Sam (March 11, 2010). "NYT's Adam Nagourney Leaves DC to Become LA Bureau Chief". Huffington Post.
- Oxfeld, Jesse (2008-10-30). "Our Boys On The Bus". Out.com. Retrieved 2016-07-21.
- Nagourney, Adam; Smith, Mitch; Hardy, Quentin (2015-06-16). "Deaths of Irish Students in Berkeley Balcony Collapse Cast Pall on Program". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2016-07-21.
- Sullivan, Margaret (2015-06-17). "Valid Complaints on Story about Berkeley Balcony Collapse". The New York Times. Retrieved 2016-07-21.
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