Josh Barro

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Josh Barro
Josh Barro.jpg
Barro in 2013
Born Joshua A. Barro
(1984-07-17) July 17, 1984 (age 32)
Residence New York City, New York, U.S.
Nationality United States of America
Education B.A., Harvard University (Psychology)
Occupation Journalist
Employer The New York TImes
Business Insider
Bloomberg L.P.
NBCUniversal
Comcast
Political party Democratic (2016–present) Republican Party (2002–2016)
Spouse(s) Zachary Allen
Parent(s)

Joshua A. "Josh" Barro is an American journalist who currently contributes to Business Insider as a political commentator.

Family and education[edit]

Barro's father is the Harvard professor and macroeconomist Robert Barro.[1] After growing up in Massachusetts, Barro received a bachelor's degree in psychology from Harvard University.[2] While in college, he spent a summer interning for Grover Norquist.[3]

Career[edit]

Barro previously worked as a Senior Fellow at the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research,[4] as a real estate banker for Wells Fargo,[5] as the lead writer for the Ticker, an economics and politics blog hosted by Bloomberg L.P., and as the politics editor at Business Insider.[6]

He appears regularly on Bloomberg Television and MSNBC and has appeared on Real Time with Bill Maher on HBO[7] and on All In with Chris Hayes on MSNBC.

In early 2013, he was a prominent supporter of a potential trillion dollar coin,[8] but by late 2013, he had changed his mind.[9]

Time named Barro's Twitter feed one of "The 140 Best Twitter Feeds of 2013," one of ten in the Politics category.[10] In 2012, Forbes selected him as one of the "30 Under 30" media "brightest stars under the age of 30,"[4] and David Brooks listed him as part of the "vibrant and increasingly influential center-right conversation."[11] A former aide to Barack Obama included Barro on a short list of Obama's favorite columnists.[12] He is currently the host and moderator of KCRW's Left, Right & Center.

In 2014, Barro left Business Insider to join The New York Times' "The Upshot."[2][13] In 2016, Barro was again hired by Business Insider as a senior editor.[14]

Views[edit]

Earlier in his career, Barro described himself as Republican, although wrote about his criticism of many of its policies.[15] He also identified as a neoliberal.[16]

After the 2012 United States elections, Barro became increasingly critical of the Republican party, writing that "the party’s economic agenda, as embodied in the latest [Paul] Ryan budget, is simply terrible for the vast majority of Americans."[1] Barro called Congressional Republicans "crazy and awful".[3] Reaction by other conservative media members to Barro's criticism of the Republican party led The Atlantic to name Barro "the loneliest Republican."[3] Ezra Klein said that based on Barro's views, "He doesn't come across as much of a Republican."[17]

On October 11, 2016, following the Republican party's nomination of Donald Trump for president, Barro said he had left the Republican party and registered as a Democrat.[18][19] Barro cited as reasons for his decision the Republican party's "fact-free environment so many of its voters live in, and because of the anti-Democrat hysteria that had been willfully whipped up by so many of its politicians," which created a "vulnerability in our democracy."[18]

Personal life[edit]

Barro lives in Manhattan, New York, is gay and in 2017, he married Zachary Allen, chairman of TIPAH Consulting and former Democratic National Committee official.[20] He is also an atheist.[21]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Chait, Jonathan (June 2013). "Josh Barro, the Loneliest Republican". The Atlantic. Retrieved August 10, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b Barro, Josh. "Josh Barro bio". The New York Times. Retrieved July 28, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c Eidelson, Josh. "GOP is "crazy and awful": The Josh Barro Republicans are displeased". Salon. Retrieved October 7, 2016. 
  4. ^ a b Caroline Howard and Michael Noer (eds) (December 17, 2012). "30 Under 30 - Media". Forbes. Retrieved March 27, 2013. 
  5. ^ Barro, Josh. "Josh Barro bio". Bloomberg. Retrieved March 26, 2013. 
  6. ^ Byers, Dylan (May 29, 2013). "Josh Barro to Business Insider". Politico. Retrieved May 29, 2013. 
  7. ^ Feldman, Josh (February 9, 2013). "Bill Maher And Panel Take On Drones: Obama's A 'Swell Guy,' But He's Basically Just Like Bush". Mediaite. Retrieved March 27, 2013. 
  8. ^ O'Brien, Matthew (January 8, 2013). "Everything You Need to Know About the Crazy Plan to Save the Economy With a Trillion-Dollar Coin". The Atlantic. Retrieved March 26, 2013. 
  9. ^ Josh Barro (August 27, 2013). "Republicans Are Full Of It, And There's No Threat Over The Debt Ceiling". Business Insider. Retrieved September 11, 2013. 
  10. ^ Sorensen, Adam (March 25, 2013). "The 140 Best Twitter Feeds of 2013". Time. Retrieved March 26, 2013. 
  11. ^ Brooks, David (November 19, 2012). "The Conservative Future". New York Times. Retrieved March 27, 2013. 
  12. ^ McMorris-Santoro, Evan (October 28, 2013). "Here Are Obama’s Favorite Columnists". Buzzfeed. Retrieved October 29, 2013. 
  13. ^ Byers, Dylan (February 24, 2014). "Josh Barro to join The New York Times". Politico. Retrieved July 28, 2014. 
  14. ^ Gold, Hadas. "Josh Barro to return to Business Insider". POLITICO. Retrieved October 7, 2016. 
  15. ^ Salam, Reihan (November 21, 2012). "Josh Barro on Why Republicans Resist the Reformist Project". National Review Online. Retrieved March 27, 2013. 
  16. ^ Sullivan, Andrew. "Ask Josh Barro Anything: The Recent Evolution Of Conservatism". The Dish. Retrieved June 6, 2013. 
  17. ^ Klein, Ezra. "Josh Barro didn’t leave conservatism. Conservatism left Josh Barro.". Washington Post. Retrieved October 7, 2016. 
  18. ^ a b Barro, Josh. "Why I left the Republican Party to become a Democrat". Business Insider. Retrieved 2016-11-14. 
  19. ^ "Josh Barro Leaves GOP for Democratic Party: 'F--k It, I'm Out'". TheWrap. 2016-10-17. Retrieved 2016-11-14. 
  20. ^ "POLITICO Playbook, presented by BP – HAPPY FEC DAY -- LONGTIME BIDEN FRIEND takes Playbookers inside V.P.’s mind – NYT MAGAZINE cover questions government narrative about bin Laden killing – SPORTS FANTASY industry ramps up lobbying – B’DAY: Lis Smith". POLITICO. October 15, 2015. Retrieved October 7, 2016. 
  21. ^ jbarro (December 28, 2014). "Mentioning that I am an atheist seems to have led to a bunch of email trying to convince me of the existence of [a] god." (Tweet). Retrieved November 12, 2016 – via Twitter. 

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