Kate Zernike

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Kate Zernike in 2010.

Kate Zernike (born December 8, 1968 in Stamford, Connecticut) is a national correspondent for The New York Times, where she has been since April 2000, covering education, criminal justice, Hurricane Katrina, Congress, and national elections; she was previously a reporter at The Boston Globe from 1995-2000 where she was responsible for covering education and special projects.[1] She is the author of Boiling Mad: Inside Tea Party America (2010), on the Tea Party movement. The Christian Science Monitor in 2010 remarked that "probably no other journalist in the United States has devoted as much time to covering the tea party movement".[2]

Early life and education[edit]

Born and raised in Connecticut, Zernike is a graduate of the University of Toronto where she obtained her B.A. in history and English.[3][not in citation given] She later received a master's in journalism from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in 1992.[4][1]


Zernike lives outside New York City with her husband and sons.[1][4]


Zernike began her career in journalism at The Patriot Ledger in Quincy, Massachusetts where she worked from 1992 to 1995.[3][not in citation given] She has taught as an adjunct professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.[4]

Honors and awards[edit]

Zernike was a member of the New York Times team which shared the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting,[1] for reporting on global terrorism and its networks. She also won the Education Writers Association prize for news feature reporting in 2000 and the Benjamin Fine Award in 1995.[3][not in citation given]



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