Jonathan Swan

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Jonathan Swan
Jonathan Swan - MSNBC, 2018.jpg
Swan in 2018
Born (1985-08-07) 7 August 1985 (age 35)
(m. 2019)

Jonathan Swan (born 7 August 1985)[1] is an Australian journalist who works as a political reporter for Axios.

Early life[edit]

Swan was born and raised in Australia.[2] He is Jewish.[3] Swan is the son of physician, journalist, and radio and television broadcaster Norman Swan;[4] his aunt and uncle are also Australian journalists.[2] He attended the Sydney Grammar School in Darlinghurst, Sydney.[5] In Australia, he entered the field of journalism in 2010. He then moved to the United States in 2014 for a yearlong fellowship with the American Political Science Association before returning to journalism in 2015 and remaining in the U.S.[6]


Swan began his career as a national political reporter based in Canberra, Australia's capital city, for Fairfax Media and as a political correspondent for The Sydney Morning Herald.[7][8] He joined The Hill in August 2015 as part of their campaign team.[9]

Swan became a national political reporter for Axios in December 2016.[10] While at Axios, Swan broke several stories about the Trump administration.[2] Former Washington Post journalist Ronald Kessler claimed in his 2018 book The Trump White House: Changing the Rules of the Game that Swan is among a handful of reporters to whom President Donald Trump feeds information, with instructions to attribute quotes to an unnamed White House official.[11]

Swan was the first to report that the U.S. would pull out of the Paris climate deal;[2][12] that Steve Bannon was about to be fired;[2][13] that Trump would recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital;[2] and that Trump would end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals executive action policy.[2] Swan broke the news that the Speaker of the House Paul Ryan was retiring from Congress.[2]

In August 2020, Swan was praised by people on social media for the manner in which he had conducted an interview with President Trump. During the interview, Swan pointedly questioned and fact-checked numerous false, misleading, or bizarre statements as the President spoke them.[14] Media columnist for The New York Times Ben Smith wrote that Swan's was "perhaps the best interview of Mr. Trump’s term."[15]


As a member of the Sydney Morning Herald in the Canberra Press Gallery, Swan was presented with the Wallace Brown Award in 2014 for most outstanding young journalist.[16][17] In 2016, Politico named Swan one of "16 Breakout Media Stars."[18] In 2020, The Jerusalem Post named Swan in its list of the world's 50 most influential Jews.[19]

Personal life[edit]

He married an American reporter Betsy Woodruff of Politico on September 14, 2019. On September 9, 2020, she announced the birth of their first child, Esther Jane Swan.[20] He intends to become an American citizen.[2][21]


  1. ^ "Monday's birthdays". Politico. Retrieved 14 November 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i Farhi, Paul (4 November 2018). "A fast-rising journalist hits a speed bump with his latest scoop about Trump". The Washington Post. Retrieved 8 August 2020.
  3. ^ Twitter, Screenshot from. "Jonathan Swan is the meme hero we need right now". The Forward. Retrieved 21 August 2020.
  4. ^ "Aussie named as a US political breakout star". Crikey. 7 November 2016. Retrieved 8 November 2016.
  5. ^ NSW, Board of Studies Teaching and Educational Standards. "2003 Higher School Certificate – Board of Studies Teaching and Educational Standards NSW". Retrieved 25 September 2020.
  6. ^ "Jonathan Swan". Retrieved 10 November 2020.
  7. ^ "Jonathan Swan". Traveller. Retrieved 12 August 2016.
  8. ^ Coyne, Brendan (17 July 2013). "Labor's Nakedgate: Here's the agency brief which got it sacked". AdNews. Retrieved 12 August 2016.
  9. ^ Mullin, Benjamin (18 August 2015). "Career Beat: Jonathan Swan joins The Hill's campaign team". Poynter Institute. Retrieved 12 August 2016.
  10. ^ "The Hill's Jonathan Swan Heads to VandeHei Startup Axios". Adweek. Retrieved 3 December 2018.
  11. ^ Price, Greg (4 April 2018). "Trump is a Leaker to Media as Anonymous Source for Good Coverage, New Book Claims". Newsweek. Retrieved 15 December 2018.
  12. ^ Swan, Jonathan (31 May 2017). "Trump is pulling U.S. out of Paris climate deal". Axios. Retrieved 14 November 2018.
  13. ^ Nguyen, Tina (18 August 2017). "Steve Bannon Is Leaving the White House". Vanity Fair. Retrieved 15 November 2018.
  14. ^ Roach, April (4 August 2020). "Journalist Jonathan Swan praised as 'hero' after cornering Donald Trump in car crash interview". Evening Standard. Retrieved 4 August 2020.
  15. ^ Smith, Ben (6 September 2020). "Journalists Aren't the Enemy of the People. But We're Not Your Friends". The New York Times. Retrieved 19 September 2020.
  16. ^ "Jonathan Swan, APSA Congressional Fellowship 2014". American Australian Association Limited. Retrieved 12 August 2016.
  17. ^ "Fairfax journalist Jonathan Swan awarded prestigious Wallace Brown Young Achiever Award". The Sydney Morning Herald. 20 May 2014. Retrieved 23 April 2015.
  18. ^ Gold, Hadas. "16 breakout media stars of 2016". Politico. Retrieved 1 June 2019.
  19. ^ Brinn, David. "JPOST 50 INFLUENTIAL JEWS". Jerusalem Post. Retrieved 18 September 2020.
  20. ^ "Twitter status". Twitter. Retrieved 5 November 2020.
  21. ^ Swan, Betsy Woodruff. "Betsy Woodruff Swan". Politico.