Nina Easton

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Nina Easton
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Easton at the 2012 Fortune "Most Powerful Women" summit
Born (1958-10-27) October 27, 1958 (age 58)
Residence Chevy Chase, Maryland
Nationality American
Occupation Journalist and author
Employer Fortune Magazine
Spouse(s) Russell Schriefer (m. 2004)

Nina Jane Easton (born October 27, 1958)[1] is an American journalist and author. She is currently a senior editor and columnist for Fortune Magazine where she covers political and economic news. Easton is also the co-chair of Fortune Magazine's annual Most Powerful Women Summit, a frequent political analyst on television and 2012 fellow at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.



Nina Easton started her career in journalism in 1981 as a writer for Ralph Nader, for whom she co-authored a book on the Reagan Administration.[2][3] In 1984 she became a staff reporter for the Washington D.C.-based Legal Times.[4] She then wrote for The American Banker and Businessweek before joining the Los Angeles Times as a staff writer, a position she held from 1988 to 1998. Easton's writing for the Los Angeles Times earned her a National Headliner Award in 1994 for best magazine writing and a Sunday Magazine Editors Award for investigative reporting.[5][6]

In 2003, Easton joined The Boston Globe as the deputy bureau chief at the paper's Washington bureau. Since 2006, she has been a senior editor covering politics and economics for Fortune Magazine.[5][7][8] Easton also serves as co-chair of Fortune Magazine's annual Most Powerful Women Summit, which hosts events in the United States as well as internationally.[9][10] She has interviewed a number of top officials including then-Vice President of the United States Dick Cheney in 2007, then-Senator Barack Obama in June 2008, and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in November 2011, at the APEC summit of world leaders in Honolulu, Hawaii.[11][12][13]

Easton is a regular panelist on Fox News Sunday and Special Report with Bret Baier, among other Fox news shows. She has also contributed commentary to NBC's Meet the Press, CBS's Face the Nation, ABC's This Week and PBS programs including The Charlie Rose Show. During the 2004 elections she was an analyst on CNN and during the 2008 campaign she provided commentary for Fox News.[5][7]

Recognition and Harvard fellowships[edit]

In 1991, Easton was named a "rising star" by the British-American Project, a collaborative project between the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University and the Royal Institute of International Affairs. In 1995 she co-chaired the organization's annual conference in England.[5]

In spring 2012, Easton was named a Goldsmith Fellow at Harvard University's Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy. Easton's announced research project focused on the increasing income inequality in the United States and its impact on Americans' views of the wealthy.[9] Also in 2012, she was named a fellow at Harvard's Institute of Politics where her responsibilities include leading a study group for the Harvard community focusing on role the economy plays in the election cycle.[14][15]


Easton is the author of several books. In 1982, Easton co-authored Reagan's Ruling Class: Portraits of the President's Top 100 Officials with Ronald Brownstein.[4] The book, whose preface was written by Nader, profiled individuals involved in Ronald Reagan's presidency and included interviews with most of the administration's top officials.[2][3]

Easton's Gang of Five: Leaders at the Center of the Conservative Ascendancy was published in 2002, examining the rise of modern conservatism and what Easton called the "hidden history" of the baby-boom generation. Gang of Five profiled five leaders of the conservative movement in America: William Kristol, Grover Norquist, David M. McIntosh, Clint Bolick and Ralph Reed.[16][17]

While working for The Boston Globe, Easton co-authored John F. Kerry: A Complete Biography by The Boston Globe Reporters Who Know Him Best, with fellow Globe reporters Michael Kranish and Brian Mooney. The book was published in 2004.[9][18]

Personal life[edit]

Easton grew up in California and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of California, Berkeley. On November 27, 2004 she married Russell Schriefer, a Republican political strategist who was the senior advisor to the 2012 presidential campaign of Mitt Romney.[19] In May 2007, Washington Monthly named Easton and Schriefer to its list of Washington "power couples".[20] They live in Chevy Chase, Maryland.[21]


  • Reagan's Ruling Class: Portraits of the President's Top 100 Officials, Pantheon, 1982, co-authored with Ronald Brownstein
  • Gang of Five: Leaders at the Center of the Conservative Ascendancy, Simon & Schuster, 2002
  • John F. Kerry: The Complete Biography by The Boston Globe Reporters Who Know Him Best, PublicAffairs, 2004, co-authored with Michael Kranish and Brian Mooney


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  2. ^ a b Lyutyy, Aleksandr (3 September 1982). "Book on President Reagan's Top Officials". BBC. Retrieved 9 July 2012. 
  3. ^ a b Barone, Michael (3 October 1982). "Power Trips: A Roadmap to the Reagan Administration". The Washington Post. Retrieved 9 July 2012. 
  4. ^ a b Riehle, Thomas; Galembo, Deborah (5 May 1984). "Washington's Movers and Shakers". The National Journal. Retrieved 9 July 2012. 
  5. ^ a b c d "Editorial Bios: Nina Easton". Fortune Media Kit. Time Inc. Retrieved 9 July 2012. 
  6. ^ "Headliner Awards Cite North Carolina Paper's Coverage of Youth Crime". The Associated Press. 31 March 1994. Retrieved 9 July 2012. 
  7. ^ a b "Nina Easton". On Air Personalities. Retrieved 9 July 2012. 
  8. ^ "Globe Editor Moving To Fortune". The Boston Globe. 23 April 2006. Retrieved 9 July 2012. 
  9. ^ a b c "Past Fellows and Visiting Faculty". Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy. Harvard Kennedy School. Retrieved 9 July 2012. 
  10. ^ "Fortune: The Most Powerful Women". Time Inc. Fortune Magazine. Retrieved 25 July 2012. 
  11. ^ "Interview of the Vice President by Nina Easton, Fortune Magazine". Office of the Vice President. 9 November 2007. Retrieved 23 August 2012. 
  12. ^ Easton, Nina (18 June 2008). "Obama: NAFTA not so bad after all". Fortune. Retrieved 5 September 2012. 
  13. ^ "Remarks With Nina Easton of Fortune Magazine at the CEO Summit on Women and the Economy". U.S. Department of State. November 2011. Retrieved 25 July 2012. 
  14. ^ Jonas-Silver, Maya (11 July 2012). "IOP Focuses on the Presidency in 2012 Fall Fellows Lineup". The Harvard Crimson. Retrieved 13 July 2012. 
  15. ^ "Harvard's Institute of Politics Announces Fall Fellows" (Press release). Harvard University Institute of Politics. 10 July 2012. Retrieved 25 July 2012. 
  16. ^ Foer, Franklin (17 September 2000). "Action and Reaction". The New York Times. Retrieved 9 July 2012. 
  17. ^ Heilbrunn, Jacob (September 2009). "Onward Conservative Soldiers". Washington Monthly. Retrieved 9 July 2012. 
  18. ^ Cook, David T. (3 May 2004). "Michael Kranish, Nina Easton, and Brian Mooney". Christian Science Monitor. Retrieved 9 July 2012. 
  19. ^ Haberman, Maggie (9 July 2012). "Mitt Romney's minimalist 'Mad Men'". Politico. Retrieved 25 July 2012. 
  20. ^ Baumann, Nick; Haydock, Oliver (May 2007). "Washington's 60 Sizzlingest Power Couples" (PDF). Washington Monthly. Retrieved 18 July 2012. 
  21. ^ "Weddings/Celebrations; Nina Easton, Russell Schriefer". The New York Times. 28 November 2004. Retrieved 9 July 2012. 

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