Ross Barkan

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Ross Barkan
OccupationJournalist, author, politician
Years active2013-present

Ross Barkan (born October 22, 1989) is an American journalist, novelist, and politician.

Early life and education[edit]

Barkan grew up in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. He attended Stony Brook University and earned a master's degree from New York University.[1][2]



Barkan was a staff reporter at the Queens Tribune.[3] He covered New York City and national politics for the New York Observer from 2013 to 2016.[4] In April 2016, he rose to prominence after resigning from the Observer over the newspaper's close relationship with Donald Trump, the Republican presidential candidate.[5][6][7] The Observer's executive editor, Ken Kurson, revealed in a magazine interview he advised Trump on a speech the candidate delivered before the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. Announcing his resignation the day after the Observer endorsed Trump in the New York Republican primary, Barkan later told CNN "a line had been crossed and I thought it was time for myself to depart."[8]

As a columnist and freelance reporter, Barkan has contributed to the Village Voice, The Guardian, The Washington Post,[9] The New Yorker,[10] The New York Times, The Nation [11], New York Magazine, Reuters, Esquire, New York Daily News, Daily Beast, the Los Angeles Review of Books and the Columbia Journalism Review. He covered the 2013 New York City mayoral race, including Anthony Weiner's campaign, and the 2016 presidential race.


Barkan has published fiction in Post Road, Boston College's literary magazine,[12] and literary criticism in the Iowa Review,[13] Harvard Review,[14] The Rumpus,[15] and The Brooklyn Rail.[16]

His debut novel, Demolition Night,[17] was published in 2018.


In October 2017, he announced he was running for State Senate in New York City, challenging incumbent Marty Golden in 2018.[18][19][20] Barkan was endorsed by the New York Daily News and local politicians such as Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, but lost in the September 2018 Democratic primary to Andrew Gounardes.[21][22]

Personal life[edit]

Barkan has twice been the recipient of the New York Press Club's award for distinguished newspaper commentary, in 2017 and 2019.[23][24]


  1. ^ "A Chat with SBU Grad and NY State Senate Candidate Ross Barkan". Retrieved 24 September 2018.
  2. ^ Services, NYU Journalism Career (9 June 2017). ""Journalism in the Age of Trump" Panel hosted by the NYU CAS Alumni Association". Retrieved 24 September 2018 – via Vimeo.
  3. ^ "Queens Tribune Epaper". Retrieved October 15, 2018.
  4. ^ "Ross Barkan".
  5. ^ "Politics reporter quits newspaper owned by Ivanka Trump's husband after it endorses Donald Trump". Retrieved October 1, 2016.
  6. ^ Calderone, Michael (April 13, 2016). "New York Observer Political Reporter Quits The Morning After Donald Trump Endorsement". Huffington Post. Retrieved October 1, 2016.
  7. ^ Kludt, Tom (April 13, 2016). "New York Observer loses top reporter over Trump coverage". Retrieved October 1, 2016.
  8. ^ "Reporter resigns from paper owned by Trump's son-in-law - CNN Video". CNN. Retrieved May 20, 2017.
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  10. ^ "Would You Like to Sit on My Bed with Me and Check Twitter?". Retrieved June 28, 2018.
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  12. ^ "Ross Barkan :: FLUTTER FLAKE - Post Road #24". Post Road Magazine. Archived from the original on October 3, 2016. Retrieved October 1, 2016.
  13. ^ "Elena Passarello's LET ME CLEAR MY THROAT". The Iowa Review. October 24, 2012. Retrieved October 1, 2016.
  14. ^ Dagerman, Stig (August 12, 2014). "Sleet: Selected Stories - Harvard Review Online". Harvard Review. Translated by Steven Hartman. Archived from the original on October 3, 2016. Retrieved October 1, 2016.
  15. ^ "Ross Barkan". Retrieved October 1, 2016.
  16. ^ "Ross Barkan". The Brooklyn Rail Contributor. Retrieved October 3, 2016.
  17. ^ "DEMOLITION NIGHT by Ross Barkan - Kirkus Reviews". Retrieved 24 September 2018.
  18. ^ "Holy Crap, Ross Barkan Is Running for State Senate". Retrieved 28 June 2018.
  19. ^ "Muckraking journalist runs for Brooklyn Senate seat". Retrieved 28 June 2018.
  20. ^ Rugh, Peter. "The Muckraker Vs. the Muck". Retrieved 15 October 2018.
  21. ^ Board, Daily News Editorial. "State Senate picks: Brooklyn - NY Daily News". Retrieved 24 September 2018.
  22. ^ "Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Twitter". Retrieved 24 September 2018.
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