Early life and education
Ioffe was born in Moscow 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 due to being of Jewish descent. They settled in Columbia, Maryland. Ioffe attended Princeton University and earned an undergraduate degree, with a major in history, specializing in Soviet history.
Ioffe began her career as a factchecker for The New Yorker and moved to Columbia Journalism School's Knight Foundation Case Studies Initiative. She later won a Fulbright Scholarship to return to Russia 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.
Ioffe's work is often critical of Russian president Vladimir Putin and Moscow ex-mayor Yuri Luzhkov. She has written of receiving angry emails and letters from Russians upset over her coverage of the country. She has also written about the Russian state-funded news network RT, which she has described as a Kremlin mouthpiece.
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. The following month, she joined The New York Times Magazine as a contributor.
In April 2016, Ioffe published a profile of Melania Trump for GQ magazine. The article revealed that Trump had a half-brother that the family was not in contact with. Slate magazine characterized the profile as "generally positive" of Trump. 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." Ioffe responded to CBS News saying, "I think she's understandably upset that some dirty laundry came out, but I did my job." Ioffe's profile was widely praised. Following the article's publication, Ioffe received numerous anti-Semitic and threatening messages and calls from Trump supporters. In an interview, Trump said that Ioffe "provoked" the anti-Semitic abuse she later received with her article.
In May 2016, Ioffe became a contributing writer at Politico. On December 6, 2016, The Atlantic announced that it was hiring Ioffe to cover national security, foreign policy, and politics. She was set to start with The Atlantic in early 2017.
Dispute with Lawrence O'Donnell
In August 2013, Ioffe appeared on MSNBC's The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell and suggested that Putin had only limited control over the situation surrounding Edward Snowden's asylum application. O'Donnell responded, "We're getting absurd now." A heated exchange on Putin's control of the media ensued. Ioffe responded in an article in The New Republic, accusing O'Donnell of "mansplaining", with the headline "Dear Lawrence O'Donnell, Don't Mansplain to Me About Russia". Several media publications praised or defended Ioffe's response, including Esquire, The Atlantic, and the Huffington Post, including current Huffington Post contributor Alyona Minkovski, whom Ioffe has previously criticized.
Dismissal from Politico
On December 14, 2016, in the wake of reports that Ivanka Trump would be moving into White House space historically occupied by the First Lady, Ioffe tweeted “Either Trump is fucking his daughter or he’s shirking nepotism laws. Which is worse?” Her then-employer Politico responded to the tweet by announcing her immediate dismissal. Ioffe deleted the tweet and apologized. The Atlantic responded to the incident by noting, “Julia Ioffe made a mistake today on Twitter, which she regrets and for which she has publicly apologized. We’re confident that when she joins The Atlantic next month she will adhere to our standards.”
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