Julia Ioffe

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Julia Ioffe
Born 1983 (age 34–35)
Moscow, Soviet Union
Nationality American
Alma mater Princeton University (BA, 2005)
Occupation Journalist

Julia Ioffe (English: /ˈjɒfi/; Russian: Юлия Иоффе) is an American journalist who covers national security and foreign policy topics for The Atlantic and GQ. Her writing has previously appeared in The Columbia Journalism Review, The Washington Post, The New Yorker, Foreign Policy, Forbes, The New Republic, Politico, and Russia!

Early life and education[edit]

Ioffe was born in Moscow, to a Russian Jewish family, and her family immigrated to the United States in 1990 when Ioffe was 7; they were legal immigrants who according to Ioffe were "fleeing anti-Semitism" in the Soviet Union.[1][2][3][4] They settled in Columbia, Maryland.[5][6] Ioffe attended Princeton University and earned an undergraduate degree, with a major in history, specializing in Soviet history.[2] While at Princeton, she was vice-president of the Princeton Israel Public Affairs Committee and publicly supported the construction of the Israeli West Bank barrier.[7]


Ioffe began her career as a fact-checker for The New Yorker and moved to Columbia Journalism School's Knight Foundation Case Studies Initiative.[2] She later won a Fulbright Scholarship to return to Russia[8] and worked as the Moscow correspondent for The New Yorker and Foreign Policy. In 2012, she became a senior editor for The New Republic in Washington D.C.[9][10]

Ioffe's work is often critical of Russian president Vladimir Putin[11] and Moscow ex-mayor Yuri Luzhkov.[12] She has written of receiving angry emails and letters from Russians upset over her coverage of the country.[13] She has also written about the Russian state-funded news network RT, which she has described as a Kremlin mouthpiece.[14]

Ioffe's writing and media appearances have drawn public attention, including a 2013 segment on MSNBC's The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell, in which the two argued about Putin's control of Russian media.[15] In 2013, her story about contracting whooping cough, which she blamed partly on Jenny McCarthy, was The New Republic's most-read story of the year.[16]

In December 2014, Ioffe was one of the many staff members at The New Republic to resign in protest against owner Chris Hughes's planned changes at the magazine.[17][18] The following month, she joined The New York Times Magazine as a contributor.[19]

In April 2016, Ioffe published a profile of Melania Trump for GQ magazine that revealed Melania Trump had a half-brother with whom the family was not in contact. Slate magazine characterized the profile as "generally positive" of Trump.[20] Trump, however, wrote in a Facebook post, "There are numerous inaccuracies in this article [...] My parents are private citizens and should not be subject to Ms. Ioffe's unfair scrutiny."[21] Ioffe responded to CBS News saying, "I think she's understandably upset that some dirty laundry came out, but I did my job."[22] Ioffe's profile was praised by Slate and Erik Wemple,[20][21] while Fox News writer Howard Kurtz said it had a "condescending tone".[23] Maxim magazine said that it "smacked of politically-motivated contempt for Donald Trump masked as a 'probing' look at his glamorous wife".[24] Following the article's publication, Ioffe received numerous anti-Semitic and threatening messages and calls from Trump supporters.[21][25] In an interview, Trump said that Ioffe "provoked" the anti-Semitic abuse she later received with her article.[26]

In May 2016, Ioffe became a contributing writer at Politico.[27] In December 2016, Ioffe issued a tweet aimed at then-president elect Donald Trump, implying that he was involved in a sexual relationship with his daughter, for which after being criticized she later apologized, deleting it and describing it as "tasteless and offensive".[28][29] Ioffe was subsequently dismissed from Politico.[30] The Atlantic subsequently announced that it was hiring Ioffe to cover national security, foreign policy, and politics, with editor in chief Jeffrey Goldberg describing her as "an indefatigable reporter". She joined The Atlantic in early 2017.[31] Ioffe is now a political reporter for GQ.


  • Ioffe, Julia (2010). "The Moscow bombings don't matter". In Stein, Richard Joseph (ed). Russia. New York: H. W. Wilson. 
  • — (April 4, 2011). "Net impact". Online Chronicles. The New Yorker. 87 (7): 26–32. [32]
  • — (April 16, 2012). "The Borscht Belt". Annals of Gastronomy. The New Yorker. 88 (9): 56–63. [33]


  1. ^ Sara Ashley O'Brien (29 April 2016). "Trolls target journalist after Melania Trump GQ article". CNNMoney. Retrieved 2 May 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c "About us - Russia!". 18 August 2013. Archived from the original on 18 August 2013. Retrieved 20 August 2018. 
  3. ^ "InoSMI.ru Юлия Иоффе: "Идеализм может быть разрушителен"". Retrieved 20 August 2018. 
  4. ^ Ioffe, Julia (January 29, 2017). "This Is What It's Like to Come to the United States as a Refugee". The Atlantic. 
  5. ^ Ioffe, Julia (November 27, 2014). "I'm an Immigrant in America Thanks to Executive Action—Just Like Many of Your Ancestors Were". The New Republic. 
  6. ^ "Ten DC Reporters You Should Know". FamousDC. May 30, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Town-gown gathers to protest Israel security wall". The Princetonian. 
  8. ^ "New Russia Blogs to Watch". Siberian Light. 2010-08-18. Retrieved 2016-04-29. 
  9. ^ "Julia Ioffe". New Republic. Retrieved 2016-04-29. 
  10. ^ Byers, Dylan (2012-06-18). "TNR hires Julia Ioffe, Tablet's Marc Tracy". POLITICO. Retrieved 2016-04-29. 
  11. ^ Ioffe, Julia (May 7, 2012). "Vladimir the Unstable". Foreign Policy Magazine. 
  12. ^ "New Russia Blogs to Watch – Siberian Light". siberianlight.net. Retrieved 20 August 2018. 
  13. ^ Ioffe, Julia (April 25, 2010). "A Russian American's Uneasy Return to Moscow". The Washington Post. 
  14. ^ Ioffe, Julia (September–October 2010). "What is Russia Today?". Columbia Journalism Review. 
  15. ^ Feldman, Josh (August 7, 2013). "Lawrence O'Donnell And New Republic's Julia Ioffe Scuffle Over Snowden". Mediaite. 
  16. ^ "Our Ten Most Popular Stories of 2013". The New Republic. The New Republic. December 28, 2013. 
  17. ^ Calderone, Michael (December 5, 2014). "New Republic Exodus: Dozens Of Editors Resign Over Management Changes". Huffington Post. 
  18. ^ Byers, Dylan (December 5, 2014). "New Republic staffers resign en masse". Politico. 
  19. ^ Byers, Dylan (January 27, 2015). "Media moves: Ioffe, Fuller, Bruenig". Politico. 
  20. ^ a b Anderson, L. V. (2016-04-29). "Reporter Who Profiled Melania Trump in a Generally Positive Light Is Inundated With Anti-Semitic Threats". Slate. ISSN 1091-2339. Retrieved 2017-01-13. 
  21. ^ a b c Wemple, Erik (2016-04-29). "Why we can no longer laugh about the Trumps' media obsession". The Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2017-01-13. 
  22. ^ Flores, Reena (28 April 2016). "Melania Trump trashes GQ after magazine's deep dive of family past". CBS News. Retrieved 21 December 2016. 
  23. ^ Kurtz, Howard (29 April 2016). "Why GQ's condescending Melania Trump profile goes too far". Fox News Channel. Retrieved 21 December 2016. 
  24. ^ "Why GQ's Profile of Melania Trump Was Really Just a Hit Job". Maxim. 29 April 2016. Retrieved 13 February 2017. 
  25. ^ Gambino, Lauren (2016-04-28). "Journalist who profiled Melania Trump hit with barrage of antisemitic abuse". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2017-01-13. 
  26. ^ "Melania Trump: Julia Ioffe 'Provoked' anti-Semitic Death Threats". Haaretz. 2017-05-18. Retrieved 2017-01-13. 
  27. ^ "Politico Magazine Adds Julia Ioffe as Contributing Writer". www.adweek.com. Retrieved 2016-05-19. 
  28. ^ "Journalist Apologizes for Tasteless Tweet About Donald and Ivanka Trump". www.mediaite.com. Retrieved 2016-12-15. 
  29. ^ "Julia Ioffe Finished at Politico over Obscene Trump Tweet". nymag.com. Retrieved 2016-12-15. 
  30. ^ "Journalist Apologizes for Tasteless Tweet about Donald and Ivanka Trump". Retrieved 2016-12-15. 
  31. ^ "The Atlantic Hires Julia Ioffe to Cover Politics and Foreign Policy". www.theatlantic.com. Retrieved 2016-12-15. 
  32. ^ Alexei Navalny and website RosPil.
  33. ^ Russian food writer Maksim Syrnikov.

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