Andrew Beatty

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Andrew Beatty
Journalist Andrew Beatty, White House Rose Garden, April 2015
Journalist Andrew Beatty, White House Rose Garden, April 2015
Andrew Beatty

Alma materQueen's University Belfast
Years active2004–present
Known forWhite House Correspondent for Agence France-Presse

Andrew Beatty (born 1980 in Dungannon, Northern Ireland[1][2][3]) is a Northern Irish journalist and editor. He is best known for his current role as the White House Correspondent for Agence France-Presse (AFP). He also serves as a regular pool reporter for the travels of both the president and vice president.[4][5][6]

Beatty previously was the AFP news editor for Southern Africa, an AFP war correspondent in North Africa, a Latin America correspondent for Reuters, and a Brussels-based correspondent for The Economist.[7]

Raised in Tyrone and Antrim, Beatty attended Queen's University Belfast and earned a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy in 2002. He also studied philosophy at the University of Salamanca and anthropology at Stockholm University.[7]

During his career, Beatty has covered notable events such as the Great Recession; the 2010 Haiti earthquake and its aftermath; the 2011 Libyan Civil War, where he covered the battles for Ajdabiya,[8] Misurata,[9][10] Bani Waled and Tawergha where he was shot at but unharmed; the death of Nelson Mandela; the 2014 Lesotho coup[11] and the 2016 U.S. presidential election and transition.[12]

A 2017 study found that Beatty was one of the journalists most frequently called on by Obama White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest.[13] He has been critical of both the Obama and Trump administrations' perceived inaccessibility and hostile attitude towards journalists.[14][15][16]

In June 2017, Beatty received viral attention for criticizing then-Breitbart writer Katie McHugh for tweeting what critics considered inflammatory comments about Muslims following multiple terrorist attacks in the United Kingdom.[17]


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  2. ^ "@AndrewBeatty 2:07 PM". Twitter. 23 February 2017. Retrieved 13 June 2017.
  3. ^ "@AndrewBeatty 12:37 PM". Twitter. 23 July 2016. Retrieved 13 June 2017.
  4. ^ "White House Media Pool Reports". The American Presidency Project at UC-Santa Barbara. Retrieved 13 June 2017.
  5. ^ "Trump continues to confound". Politico. Retrieved 13 June 2017.
  6. ^ "1 big thing: "Strategic patience is over"". Axios. Retrieved 13 June 2017.
  7. ^ a b "Andrew Beatty". LinkedIn. Retrieved 13 June 2017.
  8. ^ "Kadhafi defiant as Libya rebels consolidate gains". Your Middle East (in Swedish). Retrieved 22 July 2017.[permanent dead link]
  9. ^ Beatty, Andrew. "Libyan rebels bury unknown foes". Hdhod - English. Retrieved 22 July 2017.
  10. ^ Ltd, Allied Newspapers. "Libya's 'Stalingrad' struggles to its feet". Times of Malta. Retrieved 22 July 2017.
  11. ^ Who commands the defence forces really in Lesotho?, retrieved 22 July 2017
  12. ^ "Andrew Beatty, White House Correspondent, AFP". The Gaggle with David Helfenbein. Retrieved 13 June 2017.
  13. ^ "Study: Sean Spicer's first 48 press briefings". Media Matters for America. Retrieved 13 June 2017.
  14. ^ "'I saw you on Sean Spicer': Trump press briefings become hottest show in town". The Guardian. Retrieved 13 June 2017.
  15. ^ "Some hard feelings in the White House press room over an official's comments". The Washington Post. Retrieved 13 June 2017.
  16. ^ "At Netanyahu presser, Trump continues trend of calling on conservative outlets". Politico. Retrieved 13 June 2017.
  17. ^ Pearson-Jones, Bridie. "Northern Irish journalist has perfect response to Breitbart writer who says there would be no terror without Muslims". Indy100. Retrieved 15 September 2020 – via The Independent.

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