|Occupation||Journalist, author, politician|
Ross Barkan (born October 22, 1989) is an American journalist, novelist, and politician.
Early life and education
Barkan was a staff reporter at the Queens Tribune. He covered New York City and national politics for the New York Observer from 2013 to 2016. 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. 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."
As a columnist and freelance reporter, Barkan has contributed to the Village Voice, The Guardian, The Washington Post, The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Nation , 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.
His debut novel, Demolition Night, 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. 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.
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