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Joan Walsh

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Joan Walsh
Born Joan Maureen Walsh
(1958-09-18) September 18, 1958 (age 58)
Occupation Editor, writer, journalist

Joan Maureen Walsh (born September 18, 1958) is an American author, editor, writer and blogger. She was an editor-at-large of before becoming National Affairs Correspondent for The Nation,[1] and does political analysis for MSNBC.


From 2005 through 2010, she was the editor-in-chief of, a San Francisco-based American liberal politics and culture website. She is the author of What's the Matter With White People? Why We Long for a Golden Age That Never Was, published in August 2012 by John Wiley and Sons. The paperback version was published by Touchstone/Simon and Schuster in April 2013, with the subtitle: Finding Our Way In The Next America.

After joining Salon as its first full-time news editor in 1998, Walsh became managing editor in 2004. She had previously worked for In These Times and the Santa Barbara News and Review. She has written freelance articles for a variety of newspapers and magazines, including The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, and The Nation.[2] In Autumn 2015 she left Salon to become National Affairs Correspondent for The Nation.[1]

Walsh writes frequently on current American political topics, typically in blog form at Salon. Criticisms of the Iraq War, the George W. Bush administration, and conservatives have been featured in her posts. She regularly appears Hardball with Chris Matthews and All In with Chris Hayes, and she has debated conservative guests including Pat Buchanan, Liz Cheney, Dick Armey, David Frum, and G. Gordon Liddy. She also appeared on MSNBC's Countdown with Keith Olbermann, The Rachel Maddow Show, The Ed Show, as well as CNN's Larry King Live, Campbell Brown and D. L. Hughley Breaks the News.

Walsh made her second appearance on The O'Reilly Factor in June 2009, discussing the murder of George Tiller and her views on the responsibility of journalists and the impact of their words in controversial matters.[3]

Other areas of interest include education, community development, urban poverty issues, and baseball. She has published two books, Splash Hit: The Pacific Bell Park Story and Stories of Renewal: Community Building and the Future of Urban America.[4]


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Media offices
Preceded by
David Talbot
Editor in Chief of
Succeeded by
Kerry Lauerman
New title Editor at Large of