Kenneth Vogel

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Kenneth P. Vogel
Born (1975-08-09) August 9, 1975 (age 44)
NationalityAmerican
Alma materUniversity of Wisconsin–Madison
OccupationJournalist

Kenneth Paul Vogel (born 1975) is an American journalist. He was chief investigative reporter at Politico, since its founding in 2007.[1][2][3] In June 2017, he joined the Washington Bureau of The New York Times as a reporter covering conflicts of interest, lobbying, and money in politics.

Vogel is the author of Big Money: 2.5 Billion Dollars, One Suspicious Vehicle, and a Pimp–on the Trail of the Ultra-Rich Hijacking American Politics. Vogel's writing often focuses on money in politics.[4][5] As part of his work, he focuses on political fundraising with particular emphasis on the political activities of the Koch brothers.[6][7]

Early life and education[edit]

Vogel grew up in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin–Madison.[1]

Career[edit]

Vogel has reported for The News Tribune in Tacoma, Washington, Times Leader in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, The Journal Inquirer in Manchester, Connecticut, and the Center for Public Integrity. He joined Politico prior to its 2007 launch.

Vogel's book, Big Money: 2.5 Billion Dollars, One Suspicious Vehicle, and a Pimp—on the Trail of the Ultra-Rich Hijacking American Politics, was published in 2014 and received generally favorable reviews in the Wall Street Journal, the Economist, and the Financial Times.[8][9] [10][11][12]

In 2016, the WikiLeaks email interception revealed that Vogel had sent a draft of an investigative news article he authored about Hillary Clinton's fundraising with the Democratic National Committee (DNC) ahead of publication to a DNC official. Business Insider referred to Vogel's sharing of a pre-publication draft as "a break from typical journalistic ethics."[13] Yet the Washington Post's media critic Erik Wemple wrote that Vogel was “bringing the full weight of a Politico investigation to the DNC and the Clinton campaign, as if to say: We’ve got all this stuff on you. What say you?”[14] The article led Politifact to revise its rating of a claim that “the overwhelming amount” of money raised at a Clinton fundraiser would go to down-ballot Democrats; in light of Vogel’s reporting, the fact-checking organization changed its assessment from “Mostly True” to “Half True.”[15] Vogel’s articles have been named among the best investigative news stories on campaign finance.[16][17]

Personal[edit]

Vogel is married to Danielle Rosengarten, a former climate change legislation adviser to Joseph Lieberman. He is a son of Ruth S. Vogel and Morris J. Vogel of New York. His mother is a clinical psychologist in private practice in New York. His father is the president of the Lower East Side Tenement Museum.[18]

Bibliography[edit]

  • Vogel, Kenneth (June 3, 2014). Big Money: 2.5 Billion Dollars, One Suspicious Vehicle, and a Pimp–on the Trail of the Ultra-Rich Hijacking American Politics. PublicAffairs. ISBN 1610393392.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Kenneth P. Vogel". Politico. Retrieved 11 December 2014.
  2. ^ Kroll, Andy (June 3, 2014). "Obama to Donors: "I Might Be In a Very Strong Position" To Demand Constitutional Change on Money in Politics". Mother Jones. Retrieved 11 December 2014.
  3. ^ "The Conversation: Obama Press Conference". ABC News. September 10, 2010. Retrieved 11 December 2014.
  4. ^ Kellogg, Carolyn (June 9, 2014). "Q&A Kenneth Vogel on billionaires, politics and his book 'Big Money'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 11 December 2014.
  5. ^ McLean, Bethany (June 4, 2014). "Review: 'Big Money,' on the role of the ultra-rich in American politics, by Kenneth Vogel". Washington Post. Retrieved 11 December 2014.
  6. ^ Weigel, David (February 20, 2013). ""Our Goal of Advancing a Free and Prosperous America is Even More Difficult Than We Envisioned."". Slate. Retrieved 11 December 2014.
  7. ^ Domenico Montanaro, Terence Burlij, Simone Pathe, and Rachel Wellford (May 9, 2014). "Koch group plans to spend $125 million on midterms". The Morning Line. PBS News Hour. Retrieved 11 December 2014.CS1 maint: Uses authors parameter (link)
  8. ^ "Politico's Ken Vogel on Big Money in American Politics". Vice. Retrieved 11 December 2014.
  9. ^ Kwak, James (July 3, 2014). "V.I.P. Room: 'Big Money,' by Kenneth P. Vogel". Sunday Book Review. New York Times. Retrieved 11 December 2014.
  10. ^ Swaim, Barton (June 6, 2014). "Book Review: 'Sons of Wichita' by Daniel Schulman & 'Big Money' by Kenneth P. Vogel". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 1 August 2015.
  11. ^ "'Big Money', by Kenneth Vogel". Financial Times. Retrieved 2 August 2015.
  12. ^ "Ogle like Vogel". The Economist. June 3, 2014. Retrieved 2 August 2015.
  13. ^ "Leaked emails reveal Politico reporter made 'agreement' to send advanced Clinton story to DNC". Business Insider. Retrieved 2 August 2016.
  14. ^ Wemple, Erik (25 July 2016). "Leave Politico's Ken Vogel alone". Washington Post. Retrieved 2 August 2016.
  15. ^ "Matt Taibbi on How DNC Leak Shows Mechanics of a Slanted Campaign". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2 August 2016.
  16. ^ Faturechi, Robert (22 December 2015). "The 10 Best 2015 Investigative Reports on Political Money". ProPublica. Retrieved 2 August 2016.
  17. ^ "Awards - Center for Public Integrity". Center for Public Integrity. Retrieved 2 August 2016.
  18. ^ Mallozzi, Vincent (May 15, 2010). "Danielle Rosengarten, Kenneth Vogel". New York Times. Retrieved 11 December 2014.