Maggie Haberman

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Maggie Haberman
Haberman at the 2018 Pulitzer Prizes
Maggie Lindsy Haberman

(1973-10-30) October 30, 1973 (age 48)
Alma materSarah Lawrence College
Years active1995–present
Dareh Ardashes Gregorian
(m. 2003)
Parent(s)Clyde Haberman and Nancy Haberman (née Spies)

Maggie Lindsy Haberman (born October 30, 1973) is an American journalist. She is a White House correspondent for The New York Times and a political analyst for CNN. She previously worked as a political reporter for The New York Post, the New York Daily News, and Politico. She wrote about Donald Trump for those publications and rose to prominence covering his campaign, presidency and post-presidency for the Times.[1]

Early life[edit]

Haberman was born on October 30, 1973, in New York City, the daughter of Clyde Haberman, who became a longtime journalist for The New York Times, and Nancy Haberman (née Spies), a media communications executive at Rubenstein Associates.[2] At that firm, a "publicity powerhouse" whose eponymous founder has been called "the dean of damage control" by Rudy Giuliani, Haberman's mother has done work for a client list of influential New Yorkers including Donald Trump.[3] A singer, in 3rd grade Haberman played the title role in a performance of the musical Annie at the P.S 75 Emily Dickinson School. She is a 1991 graduate of Ethical Culture Fieldston School, an independent preparatory school in New York City, followed by Sarah Lawrence College, a private liberal arts college in Yonkers, New York, where she obtained a bachelor's degree in 1995.[4]


Haberman's professional career began in 1996 when she was hired by the New York Post.[5] In 1999, the Post assigned her to cover City Hall, where she became "hooked" on political reporting.[6] Haberman worked for the Post's rival newspaper, the New York Daily News, for three and a half years in the early 2000s,[6] where she continued to cover City Hall.[2] Haberman returned to the Post to cover the 2008 U.S. presidential campaign and other political races.[7] In 2010, Haberman was hired by Politico as a senior reporter.[8] She became a political analyst for CNN in 2014.[9]

Haberman was hired by The New York Times in early 2015 to be a political correspondent for the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign.[7] According to one commentator, Haberman "formed a potent journalistic tag team with Glenn Thrush".[10]

Her reporting style as a member of the White House staff of the Times features in the Liz Garbus documentary series The Fourth Estate. Among the daily frustrations of her work covering the Trump administration, she is also shown on camera in her role as a mother being interrupted during tense moments to take phone calls from her children, at one point declaring to her phone, "You can't die in your nightmares."[11]

According to an analysis by British digital strategist Rob Blackie, Haberman was one of the most commonly followed political writers among Biden administration staff on Twitter.[12]

Reporting on Trump[edit]

Haberman came to significant prominence during the Trump campaign and presidency, frequently breaking news about the administration.[13] In March 2016 Haberman, along with New York Times reporter David E. Sanger, questioned Trump in an interview, "Donald Trump Expounds on His Foreign Policy Views," during which he "agreed with a suggestion that his ideas might be summed up as 'America First'." The term was first used and associated with Trump's worldview in an opinion piece by the former U.S. Department of State official and military advisor Armand Cucciniello. Subsequently, the Trump campaign adopted 'America First' as the cornerstone of its foreign policy and used it throughout the Trump administration.

In October 2016, one month before Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton in the U.S. presidential election, a document was released by WikiLeaks that outlined how Clinton's campaign could induce Haberman to place sympathetic stories in Politico. However, subsequent stories by Haberman about Clinton were much more sophisticated and critical than the campaign supposedly hoped for.[14] On the other hand, Haberman has been criticized about applying a double standard in her reporting about the scandals involving the two presidential candidates of the 2016 election. Haberman and the New York Times supposedly disproportionately covered Hillary Clinton's email controversy with many more articles than the numerous scandals involving her competitor Donald Trump, including his sexual misconduct allegations.[15][16][17]

In 2018, Haberman's reporting on the Trump administration earned the Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting (shared with colleagues at the Times and The Washington Post),[18] the individual Aldo Beckman Memorial Award from the White House Correspondents' Association,[19] and the Front Page Award for Journalist of the Year from the Newswomen's Club of New York.[20][21] Trump himself has repeatedly responded to negative articles in the Times by calling her a "Hillary flunky" and a "third rate reporter".[22]

In January 2020, attorneys representing Nick Sandmann announced that Haberman was one of many media personalities that they were suing for defamation for her coverage of the 2019 Lincoln Memorial Confrontation.[23]

She has been credited with becoming "the highest-profile reporter" to cover Trump's campaign and presidency, as well as "the most-cited journalist in the Mueller report".[24] She has also been accused "from certain corners of the left as a supposed water carrier for the 45th president".[24]

Personal life[edit]

Haberman married Dareh Ardashes Gregorian, a reporter for the New York Daily News, formerly of the New York Post, and son of Vartan Gregorian, in a November 2003 ceremony at the Tribeca Rooftop in Manhattan.[2] They have three children and live in Brooklyn.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "'It Is Roiling Him': Reporter Maggie Haberman Unpacks Trump's Refusal To Admit He Lost".
  2. ^ a b c "Weddings/Celebrations: Maggie Haberman, Dareh Gregorian". The New York Times. November 9, 2003. Archived from the original on April 1, 2016. Retrieved April 11, 2016.
  3. ^ a b Combe, Rachael (May 24, 2017). "Wanna Know What Donald Trump Is Really Thinking? Read Maggie Haberman". Elle. Archived from the original on July 24, 2018. Retrieved July 29, 2018.
  4. ^ Calderone, Michael (January 9, 2015). "New York Times Staffing Up For 2016 Election With Maggie Haberman Hire". The Huffington Post. Archived from the original on April 24, 2016. Retrieved April 11, 2016.
  5. ^ Flood, Brian (March 21, 2017). "How Tabloids Helped NY Times' Maggie Haberman Ace Trump White House". TheWrap. Archived from the original on March 25, 2017. Retrieved March 26, 2017.
  6. ^ a b Meares, Joel (September 2, 2010). "Q & A: Politico's Maggie Haberman". Columbia Journalism Review. Archived from the original on March 26, 2017. Retrieved March 26, 2017.
  7. ^ a b Wemple, Erik (January 9, 2015). "Maggie Haberman leaves huge hole at Politico, moves to New York Times". The Washington Post. Archived from the original on March 5, 2016. Retrieved April 11, 2016.
  8. ^ Gilman, Greg (January 9, 2015). "Politico's Senior Political Reporter Maggie Haberman Joins New York Times". TheWrap. Archived from the original on May 11, 2017. Retrieved March 26, 2017.
  9. ^ Chotiner, Isaac (June 29, 2017). "The leakiest White House I've ever covered". Slate. Archived from the original on August 22, 2017. Retrieved August 22, 2017.
  10. ^ Goldiner, Dave (April 23, 2017). "Maggie Haberman Hits Back In Twitter Spat With 'Trump Adviser' Sean Hannity". The Forward. Archived from the original on June 20, 2018. Retrieved August 23, 2018.
  11. ^ Garber, Megan (June 15, 2018). "The Humans of The New York Times". The Atlantic. Archived from the original on September 11, 2018. Retrieved August 23, 2018.
  12. ^ Thompson, Alex; Meyer, Theodoric. "Biden 'is planning to run again' in 2024". POLITICO. Retrieved November 22, 2021.
  13. ^ Smith, Ben (November 8, 2020). "The Trump Presidency Is Ending. So Is Maggie Haberman's Wild Ride". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved November 9, 2020.
  14. ^ Greenwald, Glenn; Fang, Lee (October 9, 2016). "EXCLUSIVE: New Email Leak Reveals Clinton Campaign's Cozy Press Relationship". The Intercept. Archived from the original on August 22, 2018. Retrieved August 23, 2018.
  15. ^ Link, Taylor (October 25, 2017). "New York Times reporter just demonstrated some astonishing false equivalency". Archived from the original on October 12, 2020. Retrieved October 15, 2020.
  16. ^ Boucher, Ashley (September 27, 2017). "Nate Silver and Maggie Haberman Duke it Out on Twitter Over Clinton Email Coverage". Archived from the original on October 18, 2020. Retrieved October 15, 2020.
  17. ^ Garofalo, Pat (September 11, 2017). "Why the medias coverage of Hillary Clinton's emails still matters". Archived from the original on October 17, 2020. Retrieved October 15, 2020.
  18. ^ "National Reporting". The Pulitzer Prizes. Archived from the original on May 8, 2019. Retrieved August 23, 2018.
  19. ^ "2018 Winners". White House Correspondents' Association. Archived from the original on September 27, 2018. Retrieved August 23, 2018.
  20. ^ "Times Wins Seven Front Page Awards". The New York Times Company. October 8, 2018. Archived from the original on October 9, 2018. Retrieved November 14, 2018.
  21. ^ "The 2018 Front Page Awards". Newswomen's Club of New York. November 8, 2018. Archived from the original on November 9, 2018. Retrieved November 9, 2018.
  22. ^ Britzky, Haley (April 21, 2018). "Trump attacks NYT reporter Maggie Haberman". Axios. Archived from the original on September 1, 2018. Retrieved September 1, 2018.
  23. ^ Knight, Cameron. "CovCath students file 5 lawsuits over Lincoln Memorial incident". Archived from the original on February 20, 2020. Retrieved March 14, 2020.
  24. ^ a b Ellison, Sarah (August 26, 2021). "Maggie Haberman and the never-ending Trump story". The Washington Post. Retrieved August 28, 2021.

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