Michael D. Shear

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Michael D. Shear
Alma materClaremont McKenna College, Harvard University
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 shootings in 2007. He regularly appears on CNN and MSNBC.[2][3]

Early life[edit]

Shear received a B.A. from Claremont McKenna College in 1990 and then a M.A. degree in public policy from the John F. Kennedy School at Harvard University.[citation needed]


Shear's reporting career began in 1989 when still a junior in college, he intervened 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.[4]

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.[5]

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 US Presidential Election.[6] Since the election, Shear has reported on domestic policy and Donald J. Trump.[citation needed] He has made regular appearances as a political commentator on radio and television.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Shear lives with his wife and two teenage children in Virginia.[8]


  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. ^ "Michael Shear". cmc.edu. Retrieved 2019-02-04.
  5. ^ "Pulitzer Prize winners 2007". www.pulitzer.org. Retrieved 2019-03-04.
  6. ^ "Michael D. Shear | The Washington Journalism and Media Conference | George Mason University". wjmc.gmu.edu. Retrieved 2019-02-04.
  7. ^ "Michael Shear | C-SPAN.org". www.c-span.org. Retrieved 2019-02-04.
  8. ^ www.pbs.org https://www.pbs.org/weta/washingtonweek/profile/michael-shear. Retrieved 2019-02-04. Missing or empty |title= (help)

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