Betsy Woodruff Swan

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Betsy Woodruff Swan
Born (1989-10-31) October 31, 1989 (age 30)
Alma materHillsdale College
Years active2011–present
EmployerPolitico, MSNBC
Spouse(s)Jonathan Swan (m. 2019)

Betsy Woodruff Swan (née Woodruff; born October 31, 1989) is an American journalist who is currently a national political reporter for Politico and contributor to MSNBC.[1][2]

Early life and education[edit]

Swan was born in Purcellville, Virginia. She graduated with a BA in English from Hillsdale College in 2012.[3]


Swan started her career as a reporter and William F. Buckley Fellow at National Review.[4] Amid a wider staff exodus from National Review in 2014, Swan moved after two years to the Washington Examiner to become a political writer covering Capitol Hill and electoral politics.[5]

Swan joined the news magazine Slate as a national political reporter in late 2014.[6][unreliable source?][7] She then became a national political reporter for The Daily Beast in March 2015, covering federal law enforcement.[8][9] Swan has appeared on Fox News and CNN and is a contributor to MSNBC.[10][11]

On March 4, 2020, Swan announced she would be leaving The Daily Beast and had been hired at Politico.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Swan married Axios reporter Jonathan Swan on September 14, 2019.[12]


  1. ^ a b Woodruff Swan, Betsy [@woodruffbets] (March 4, 2020). "Hi guys, just wanted to share that after almost five years, I'm leaving The Daily Beast (in two weeks) and heading to Politico. I'm really excited for this next step but will greatly miss the amazing reporters and editors here" (Tweet). Archived from the original on March 6, 2020 – via Twitter.
  2. ^ Swan, Betsy (March 3, 2017). "Betsy Woodruff on MSNBC". The Daily Beast. Retrieved January 28, 2020.
  3. ^ Woodruff, Betsy. "Articles by Betsy Woodruff". Retrieved January 28, 2020 – via Muck Rack.
  4. ^ "Betsy Woodruff". National Review. Retrieved January 27, 2020.
  5. ^ "Betsy Woodruff". Washington Examiner. Retrieved January 27, 2020.
  6. ^ Moderate, Reasonably (December 1, 2014). "A Q&A with Slate's Betsy Woodruff". Reasonably Moderate. Retrieved January 27, 2020.
  7. ^ "Betsy Woodruff". Slate.
  8. ^ Hains, Tim (August 5, 2016). "Betsy Woodruff: Conservative Media's Flirtation With Conspiracy Theories "Nurtured" The Rise Of Trump". RealClearPolitics. Archived from the original on March 20, 2017. Retrieved January 28, 2020.
  9. ^ Perlberg, Steven (May 14, 2018). "It's A Good Time To Be A Reporter Covering Trump If You Like Money And Going On TV". BuzzFeed News. Archived from the original on August 27, 2019. Retrieved January 28, 2020.
  10. ^ "Why won't House Republicans mount an impeachment defense of Trump?". AM Joy. MSNBC. December 7, 2019. Retrieved January 28, 2020.
  11. ^ "New details in Lev Parnas' reported effort to help Devin Nunes". The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell. MSNBC. November 22, 2019. Retrieved January 28, 2020.
  12. ^ Farhi, Paul (November 4, 2018). "A fast-rising journalist hits a speed bump with his latest scoop about Trump". The Washington Post. Archived from the original on November 5, 2018. Retrieved January 28, 2020.

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