Adam Nagourney

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Adam Nagourney (born October 10, 1954) is an American journalist who covers national politics for The New York Times. Nagourney is the author of a history of a history of the newspaper.

Life and career[edit]

Nagourney was born in New York City and graduated from the State University of New York at Purchase in 1977 with a B.A. in economics.[citation needed]

He began his career at the Gannett Westchester Newspaper (now The Journal News), where he worked from 1977 to 1983 as a reporter in Putnam County, White Plains, and northern Westchester County. He then worked for the New York Daily News (1983–1990) and USA Today (1990–1993), where he covered Bill Clinton's 1992 presidential campaign and the first year of the Clinton White House.[citation needed]

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.[1] In April 2020, he joined the politics desk, helping to cover the 2020 presidential campaign for the Times. In April 2021, Nagourney was named the West Coast cultural correspondent. He returned to covering national politics in 2023.

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".[2] Nagourney said, "Do I think that the program – as well as the problems associated with it – are fair game for a news story? Yes. But there was a more sensitive way to tell the story. 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."[3]

Personal life[edit]

Nagourney is gay.[4][better source needed] His brother, Eric Nagourney, is an editor at the Times.[citation needed]


  • 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
  • The Times: How the Newspaper of Record Survived Scandal, Scorn, and the Transformation of Journalism New York: Crown, 2023. ISBN 0-451-49936-0 ISBN 978-0-451-49936-3


  1. ^ Stein, Sam (March 11, 2010). "NYT's Adam Nagourney Leaves DC to Become LA Bureau Chief". The Huffington Post.
  2. ^ Nagourney, Adam; Smith, Mitch; Hardy, Quentin (June 16, 2015). "Deaths of Irish Students in Berkeley Balcony Collapse Cast Pall on Program". The New York Times. Retrieved July 21, 2016.
  3. ^ Sullivan, Margaret (June 17, 2015). "Valid Complaints on Story about Berkeley Balcony Collapse". The New York Times. Retrieved June 21, 2016.
  4. ^ Oxfeld, Jesse (2008-10-30). "Our Boys On The Bus". Retrieved 2016-07-21.

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