Michael D. Shear

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Michael D. Shear
Michael D Shear 2019 Texas Book Festival.jpg
Shear at the 2019 Texas Book Festival
EducationClaremont McKenna College (BA)
Harvard University (MPP)
Years active1989-present
EmployerThe New York Times
AwardsPulitzer Prize (2007)

Michael D. Shear is an American journalist who is a White House correspondent for The New York Times.[1] He previously worked at The Washington Post, where he was part of the Pulitzer Prize-winning team that covered the Virginia Tech shooting in 2007. He regularly appears on CNN and MSNBC.[2][3]

Early life and education[edit]

Raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Shear attended Homestead High School in Cupertino, California.[4] Shear received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Claremont McKenna College in 1990 and a master's in public policy from the John F. Kennedy School at Harvard University.[5]


Shear's reporting career began in 1989, when he was a junior in college and interned at the Los Angeles Times' Washington bureau covering hearings on Capitol Hill and other high-profile stories, including the trial of Oliver North and the anniversary of cameras in Congress.[citation needed] After graduation, he worked briefly as a reporter for the San Jose Mercury News before returning to full-time education to pursue a degree in public policy.[6]

He returned to reporting by first writing for The Tampa Tribune before taking up a more permanent role as a metro reporter at The Washington Post in 1992, where he reported on a wide variety of topics.[citation needed] He was part of the team that won a Pulitzer Prize in 2008 for coverage of the Virginia Tech shootings.[7]

In 2010, Shear moved to the Washington bureau of The New York Times as a political correspondent, where he covered Barack Obama's re-election campaign in 2012 before returning in 2013 as a White House correspondent for the Times to focus on the 2016 presidential election.[8] After the election, Shear reported on domestic policy and President Donald J. Trump.[citation needed] He also made regular appearances as a political commentator on radio and television.[9]

His book, Border Wars: Inside Trump's Assault on Immigration, co-written with Julie Hirschfield Davis, was published by Simon & Schuster in October 2019.[10]

In October 2020, Shear tested positive for COVID-19.[11]

Personal life[edit]

Shear lives with his wife and two teenage children in Virginia.[12]


  1. ^ "Michael D. Shear". The New York Times. 2019-01-12. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-02-04.
  2. ^ NYT: Trump says Mueller will treat him fairly - CNN Video, retrieved 2019-02-04
  3. ^ "Campaigns sprint to the finish". MSNBC.com. Retrieved 2019-02-04.
  4. ^ Staff, Politico. "BIRTHDAY OF THE DAY: Michael Shear, WH correspondent for the NYT". POLITICO. Retrieved 2020-10-09.
  5. ^ Affairs, Office of Public; Claremont, Communications 400 N. Claremont Blvd. "Veteran reporter Michael Shear '90 takes readers inside President Trump's immigration battle". cmc.edu. Retrieved 2020-10-09.
  6. ^ "Michael Shear". cmc.edu. Retrieved 2019-02-04.
  7. ^ "Pulitzer Prize winners 2007". www.pulitzer.org. Retrieved 2019-03-04.
  8. ^ "Michael D. Shear | The Washington Journalism and Media Conference | George Mason University". wjmc.gmu.edu. Retrieved 2019-02-04.
  9. ^ "Michael Shear | C-SPAN.org". www.c-span.org. Retrieved 2019-02-04.
  10. ^ Davis, Julie Hirschfield; Shear, Michael D. (2019-10-08). Border Wars : Inside trump's assault on immigration. [S.l.]: Simon & Schuster. ISBN 978-1982117399. OCLC 1085153035.
  11. ^ Grynbaum, Michael M. (2020-10-05). "As Virus Invades West Wing, White House Reporters Face Heightened Risks". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020-10-09.
  12. ^ "Michael D. Shear - The New York Times". www.nytimes.com. Retrieved 2020-10-09.

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