Joan Walsh

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Joan Walsh
Walsh at Social Media Weekend 2018
Born1958 (age 60–61)
EducationB.A. University of Wisconsin
ChildrenNora Walsh DeVries

Joan Maureen Walsh (born 1958) is an American journalist who is the national affairs correspondent for The Nation and a political analyst at CNN. She is also the former editor-in-chief of Salon and author of the book What's the Matter with White People?[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Walsh was born in September 1958 in Brooklyn[2] to an Irish Catholic family;[3] in 1960, her family moved to Oceanside, Long Island.[2] She has one brother and one sister. At the age of 13, her family moved to a northern suburb of Milwaukee where she attended high school.[4] Her mother died when she was 17.[4] She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin.[4]


On December 23, 2017, Walsh revealed that MSNBC had chosen not to renew her contract, which the network said was a decision made because of an annual review. In their statement, MSNBC also said that "Unfortunately we couldn’t renew Joan, but she and her distinct perspective will still be invited on our shows."[5] She had worked there for 12 years, six of them under contract. The decision prompted critical reactions from other MSNBC personalities, including Joy Reid and Chris Hayes. Some of Walsh's supporters also protested MSNBC's decision using the Twitter hashtag #KeepJoanWalsh.[6] Later that day, Walsh tweeted that she would move to CNN in 2018, which was soon confirmed by a CNN spokeswoman.[7][1] On April 1, 2018, Kyle Kashuv, a survivor of the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting, tweeted that Walsh "liked" a tweet criticizing him. Walsh respond to Kyle, writing, "are you really policing who 'likes' tweets from a grieving Parkland father who lost his daughter? Good luck handling your stress, Kyle."[8]

Personal life[edit]

She is divorced and has one daughter,[9] Nora Walsh DeVries.[10][11]


  • (with C. W. Nevius) Splash Hit! Pacific Bell Park and the San Francisco Giants (Chronicle Books, 2001)
  • What's the Matter with White People? Why We Long for a Golden Age That Never Was (Wiley, 2012)


  1. ^ a b Stevens, Matt (2017-12-23). "Joan Walsh's Contract at MSNBC Is Not Renewed". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-12-24.
  2. ^ a b Walsh, Joan. What's the Matter with White People?: Finding Our Way in the Next America. p. 72.
  3. ^ North, James; Weiss, Philip (April 21, 2011). "Joan Walsh discloses her religious investment in a political issue". Mondoweiss. The choice issue is a very tough issue, especially for those of us raised Catholic
  4. ^ a b c Zeff, Blake (March 19, 2015). ""I've had a really fun life": Joan Walsh opens up on her childhood, career — and online critics". Salon (website).
  5. ^ Canfield, David (2017-12-24). "Joan Walsh joins CNN after being dropped by MSNBC". Retrieved 2017-12-24.
  6. ^ Littleton, Cynthia (2017-12-24). "Political Analyst Joan Walsh Moves to CNN After Being Dropped by MSNBC". Variety. Retrieved 2017-12-24.
  7. ^ Karlis, Nicole (2017-12-23). "Joan Walsh will move to CNN after MSNBC contract not renewed". Salon. Retrieved 2017-12-24.
  8. ^ Borchers, Callum (April 4, 2018). "So, what are the rules of engagement with the Parkland teens?". The Washington Post. Retrieved April 11, 2018.
  9. ^ Walsh, Joan (February 17, 2000). "Confessions of a former self-hating white person - It took a broken heart to teach me that guilty white liberals aren't the solution to America's racial strife, but part of the problem". Salon. I had a husband, and he was white (Jewish, for the record, which my ex didn't consider white, but my black friends mostly did)
  10. ^ McDermott, Peter (October 31, 2012). "Family's divide mirrors nation's since '60s". Irish Echo].
  11. ^ "Nora Walsh-Devries '08". Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory. Retrieved May 27, 2018.

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