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 37)
Washington, DC
Residence Dumbo, Brooklyn[1]
Nationality American
Ethnicity Burmese mother
German and Irish father
Alma mater Brown University
Occupation Television show host
Spouse(s) Sam Kass (m. 2014)
Parent(s) Tin Swe Thant
Carl Wagner
Website MSNBC: Now With Alex Wagner

Alexandra Swe "Alex" Wagner (born December 4, 1977)[2] 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. Her mother, Tin Swe Thant, is an immigrant from Rangoon, Myanmar, who became a naturalized American after marrying Alex‍‍ '​‍s father.[2] Her father, Carl Wagner, is from Iowa, of German and Irish descent, and is a prominent Democratic Party political consultant who co-chaired Bill Clinton’s presidential campaign.[3] She attended Woodrow Wilson High School[4] and graduated from Brown University in 1999, having studied art history and literature.[5][1] Wagner was raised Roman Catholic.[6]


Wagner has worked as the cultural correspondent for the Center for American Progress.[7] From 2003 to 2007, she was editor-in-chief of The Fader magazine, covering music and cultural movements from around the world.[8] She also served as executive director of Not On Our Watch Project, an advocacy organization focused on mass atrocities and human rights violations.[8]

Wagner then became the White House correspondent for Politics Daily, a political news magazine under AOL News.[8] She moved to The Huffington Post after it was acquired by AOL.[9]

As an analyst on MSNBC, Wagner appeared on Countdown with Keith Olbermann and The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell.[10]

Since November 14, 2011, Wagner has hosted Now with Alex Wagner weekdays (originally at noon (ET), but currently at 4 PM (ET)). [11]

Political views[edit]

She has described herself as progressive[12] and believes that the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution should be repealed.[13] On matters involving Israel, she believes that there is an element of “trepidation that inhibits a robust discussion about Israel in the American media"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 falsely slurred as an anti-Semite.[14]

Personal life[edit]

On August 30, 2014, Wagner married White House chef Sam Kass in a ceremony held at Blue Hill at Stone Barns, a restaurant in Pocantico Hills, New York.[15] The wedding was attended by President Obama and his family, as Kass is considered a family friend.[15][16]


  1. ^ a b Weisberg, Jacob (January 22, 2014). "The Talk of the Town: Alex Wagner and Sam Kass—Politics’ It Couple". Vogue. Retrieved September 1, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b 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.) 
  3. ^ Burmese-American Alex Wagner Hosts Her Own U.S. Political TV Show IIP Digital, U.S. Department of State
  4. ^ Neal, Jill Hudson. "Alex Wagner: A Voice for All Things Now". Capitol File. Retrieved 18 April 2013. 
  5. ^ "Now with Alex Wagner - Biographies". NBCUniversal. Archived from the original on 2012-02-28. Retrieved 2012-02-28. 
  6. ^ 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.
  7. ^ "Alex Wagner". Politics Daily. Retrieved October 21, 2011. 
  8. ^ a b c "Alex Wagner". The Huffington Post. Retrieved October 21, 2011. 
  9. ^ Weprin, Alex (October 20, 2011). "Political Analyst Alex Wagner to Host New NoonET Show on MSNBC". TV Newser. Retrieved October 21, 2011. 
  10. ^ Alvarez, Alex (October 21, 2011). "MSNBC Analyst Alex Wagner Developing Her Own Noontime Show On The Network". Mediaite. Retrieved October 21, 2011. 
  11. ^ Knox, Merrill (November 11, 2011). "‘Now With Alex Wagner’ Debuts Monday on MSNBC". TV Newser. Retrieved November 11, 2011. 
  12. ^ Byers, Dylan (June 9, 2012). "MSNBC's Alex Wagner breaks the old mold". Politico. 
  13. ^ "MSNBC's Alex Wagner: Get Rid Of Second Amendment". Real Clear Politics. November 6, 2011. Retrieved January 11, 2013. 
  14. ^ Haaretz: "MSNBC host Alex Wagner: Fear of anti-Semitism charge inhibits 'robust discussion' about Israel" by Chemi Shalev March 15, 2013
  15. ^ a b Korte, Gregory (30 August 2014). "Obamas attend wedding of White House chef". USA Today (Gannett Satellite Information Network). Retrieved 31 August 2014. 
  16. ^ Steinhauer, Jennifer (28 August 2014). "Sam Kass, the Obamas’ Foodmaster General". The New York Times (Washington, D.C.). Retrieved 31 August 2014. 

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