Dafna Linzer

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Dafna Linzer is an American journalist. Since October 2015, she has been managing editor of politics for NBC News and MSNBC, with a role spanning broadcast and digital coverage on both networks for the 2016 election campaign. Linzer was formerly managing editor of MSNBC; senior reporter at ProPublica; foreign correspondent for the Associated Press; and national security reporter for the Washington Post.

Early life[edit]

Linzer, raised in Canada, was born in 1970.[1]


Linzer was a foreign correspondent for the Associated Press, based in Jerusalem. She then became a national security reporter for the Washington Post, where she covered intelligence and nonproliferation, and reported on the futile search for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.[2][3][4]

In February 2008, the non-profit journalism organization ProPublica announced that Linzer (along with Jeff Gerth) would be joining the project as senior reporters.[5] At ProPublica, Linzer wrote the "Shades of Mercy" series on racial bias in presidential pardons. The series was a finalist for the Harvard Shorenstein Center's Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting.[6] Linzer also conducted work on the Guantanamo Bay detention camp under the Obama presidency, which won a 2010 Overseas Press Club Award and an honorable mention for the Silver Gavel Awards of the American Bar Association.[6]

In 2013, Linzer joined MSNBC as managing editor of MSNBC digital.[2][3][4] In October 2015, Linzer was named to the newly created position of managing editor of politics for NBC News and MSNBC, dividing her time between Washington and New York. In this post, Linzer oversees the political desk and reports to NBC News president Deborah Turness and MSNBC president Phil Griffin.[2][3]

Personal life[edit]

Linzer's partner is Barton Gellman, who is also a writer and journalist.[7]

She became a naturalized U.S. citizen in January 2011.[1] Linzer has noted a number of accepted answers to the U.S. citizenship test are erroneous or incomplete.[1]


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