Ryan Lizza

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Ryan Lizza
Ryan Lizza March 27, 2013.jpg
Lizza speaks at the Kelly Writers House, 2013
Ryan Christopher Lizza[1]

(1974-07-12) July 12, 1974 (age 44)
EducationUniversity of California, Berkeley
OccupationPolitical journalist
Notable credit(s)
The New Yorker (2007–2017)
CNN Political Analyst (2012–)

Ryan Christopher Lizza (born July 12, 1974) is a CNN political analyst and chief political correspondent for Esquire.[2] He was formerly a Washington correspondent for The New Yorker magazine, where he covered the White House and presidential politics and wrote the magazine's popular "Letter From Washington" column.[3]


Lizza attended the Berkshire School, a private co-educational boarding school in the town of Sheffield, Massachusetts and received his bachelor's degree from the University of California, Berkeley.

Journalism career[edit]

Lizza started his career at the Center for Investigative Reporting in San Francisco, where he worked on the Emmy Award-winning Frontline documentary Hot Guns.[4][5] In 1998, he joined The New Republic, where he became Senior Editor. From 1998 to 2007, Lizza covered Bill Clinton's impeachment, the Florida recount, the Bush White House, and the 2004 presidential election. In 2004, he also wrote about politics for The Atlantic, including one of the first national magazine profiles of Barack Obama.[6] From 2004 to 2006 Lizza was a contributing editor for New York magazine,[3] where he wrote about national politics. In 2006 and 2007 Lizza was also a correspondent for GQ. From 2002 to 2007, Lizza also regularly contributed to The New York Times.

Lizza at the Miller Center of Public Affairs in 2015

Lizza covered the 2008 U.S. presidential election for The New Yorker, and wrote an extended profile of Barack Obama's career in Illinois politics.[7] In 2009, the article was nominated for a National Magazine Award.[8] During the campaign, a cartoon in the New Yorker allegedly caused the Obama campaign to exclude Lizza from Obama's campaign plane, with a lack of space cited as the reason.[9] In July 2017, his report on a conversation with White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci[10] led to Scaramucci's dismissal from the post.[11]

Brian Williams of NBC Nightly News referred to Lizza as "required reading" for those interested in the American political scene.[12] In June, 2009, The Washingtonian magazine included Lizza on its list of Washington's "50 Top Journalists" and described him as a writer who "change[s] the way readers see the world."[13]

Conservative talk show host Hugh Hewitt said Lizza is "widely regarded as one of the premier political reporters of the United States working at this time."[14]

On December 11, 2017, The New Yorker severed ties with Lizza because he engaged in "what [they] believe is improper sexual conduct".[15] CNN suspended him from appearing on air pending further investigation,[16] but he was reinstated six weeks later after the investigation found “no reason to keep [him] off the air.” [17] Georgetown University, where he was an adjunct lecturer, said he would not be teaching any classes in the spring of 2018.[18]

Personal life[edit]

Lizza is a resident of Washington, D.C. He is the son of Barbara and Frank Lizza.[1]


On April 27, 2013, the White House Correspondents' Association presented Lizza with the Aldo Beckman Memorial Award for journalistic excellence for his coverage of the Obama presidency.[19]



  1. ^ a b "Christina Gillespie, Ryan Lizza". The New York Times. 20 June 2004.
  2. ^ "Esquire Hires Reporter Ousted by New Yorker in MeToo Scandal". 8 June 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Ryan Lizza". The New Yorker.
  4. ^ "Hot Guns: Tapes & Transcripts". Frontline. PBS. June 3, 1997. Retrieved January 3, 2012.
  5. ^ Hamilton, Doug (June 3, 1997). "Hot Guns". Center for Investigative Reporting. Retrieved January 3, 2012.
  6. ^ "The Natural". The Atlantic. September 2004. Retrieved August 10, 2012.
  7. ^ "How Chicago politics shaped Barack Obama". The New Yorker. August 1, 2011. Retrieved January 3, 2012.
  8. ^ "National Magazine Awards". American Society of Magazine Editors. November 1, 2011. Archived from the original on July 1, 2011. Retrieved January 3, 2012.
  9. ^ Sklar, Rachel (July 21, 2008). "Obama's Revenge: New Yorker Reporter Excluded From Press Plane For Overseas Trip". Huffington Post. Retrieved January 3, 2012.
  10. ^ "Anthony Scaramucci Called Me to Unload About White House Leakers, Reince Priebus, and Steve Bannon". The New Yorker. 2017-07-27.
  11. ^ Thrush, Michael D. Shear, Glenn; Haberman, Maggie (31 July 2017). "John Kelly, Asserting Authority, Fires Anthony Scaramucci". New York Times.
  12. ^ "MSNBC's Brian Williams Calls Ryan Lizza "Required Reading"—Headline Shooter—Emdashes". Emdashes.com. Retrieved January 3, 2012.
  13. ^ Graff, Garrett M. (2009-06-01). "50 Top Journalists 2009". The Washingtonian. Retrieved 2009-06-28.
  14. ^ Hewitt, Hugh (January 18, 2011). "'The New Yorker''s Ryan Lizza on Darrell Issa". Retrieved January 3, 2012.
  15. ^ Ruiz-Grossman, Sarah (December 11, 2017). "The New Yorker Severs Ties With Ryan Lizza Over 'Improper Sexual Conduct'". Huffington Post.
  16. ^ Kirell, Andrew; Suebsaeng, Asawin (December 11, 2017). "The New Yorker Fires Star Reporter Ryan Lizza Over 'Improper Sexual Conduct'". The Daily Beast.
  17. ^ "Opinion - CNN reinstates Ryan Lizza". Washington Post.
  18. ^ Stack, Liam (December 11, 2017). "Ryan Lizza Fired by The New Yorker Over Sexual Misconduct Allegation". The New York Times. Retrieved December 11, 2017.
  19. ^ Dyer, Zach (April 29, 2013). "Some critics worry White House Correspondents' dinner sends the wrong message about Beltway media". Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas.
  20. ^ Jon Huntsman's daughters' Twitter campaigning.
  21. ^ Online version is titled "Crossing Chris Christie".

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