Adam Nagourney

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Adam Nagourney (born October 10, 1954) is an American journalist covering U.S. politics for The New York Times.

Life and career[edit]

Nagourney was born in New York City. He was the chief national political correspondent for The New York Times from 2002 to 2010, when he was appointed Los Angeles Bureau Chief for the Times. He graduated with a B.A. in economics from the State University of New York at Purchase in 1977. Prior to joining the Times in 1996, he worked for the Gannett Westchester Newspaper (1977–83), including serving as a reporter in the Putnam County, White Plains, and Northern Westchester editions of the White Plains "Reporter Dispatch," before joining 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 Times, Nagourney was assigned to cover the campaign of Bob Dole. After the 1996 presidential race, he went to New York as the paper's metropolitan political correspondent. He was appointed The Times' chief political correspondent in 2002, and covered the 2004 reelection of President George W. Bush and the 2008 election of Barack Obama.

Nagourney is openly gay, as was his predecessor as the Times' chief political correspondent, Rick Berke.[1] His brother, Eric Nagourney, is an editor and writer for The New York Times, writing on health-related issues.

Nagourney became the Times's Los Angeles bureau chief in the summer of 2010.[2]

He has written about California water czar Felicia Marcus; on Jerry Brown's management of water in California compared with the system he inherited from his father, an earlier California governor; on the rich/poor divide among Californians in terms of water consumption (with Jack Healy); and a seminal overview article about the scope and manifestation of the current water crisis in California.


On the 16th of June, 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" describing student on the J-1 program as ".. a source of embarrassment for Ireland."- ref: [3]

Nagourney "acknowledged that it could have been addressed in a more sensitive fashion." He 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" and "I feel very distressed at having added to their anguish."[4]



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