Steve Benen

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Steve Benen (born May 15, 1973) is an American political writer, blogger, MSNBC contributor and producer of The Rachel Maddow Show. His first book, The Impostors: How Republicans Quit Governing and Seized American Politics,[1] was published by William Morrow and Company in June 2020.

Early life and education[edit]

Benen was born and raised in Miami, Florida, and received his B.A. in Political Science from Florida International University, where he served in the student government alongside future Maryland state legislator Kirill Reznik.[2] He received a master's degree in Political Management from George Washington University, and was an intern in President Bill Clinton's White House.



In 1996, he was the communications director for an unsuccessful Democratic congressional campaign in Pennsylvania. From 1997 to 2002, Benen worked as a staff writer at Church & State magazine, published by Americans United for the Separation of Church and State.[citation needed]


From August 2008 to January 2012, Benen was the lead blogger for the Washington Monthly's "Political Animal" blog.[3] He was the publisher of the political blog The Carpetbagger Report for five years[4] and was the lead editor of's Blog Report.

Benen's articles and op-eds have appeared in a variety of publications, including The New York Times,[5] the Washington Monthly, The American Prospect, The Huffington Post, and the New York Daily News. He has been a contributor to Talking Points Memo, Crooks and Liars, The Guardian, AlterNet, Political Wire, and Seven Days.

He has been a guest on several radio and television programs, including NPR’s Talk of the Nation,[6] MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show, MSNBC’s The Ed Show, MSNBC's Martin Bashir, MSNBC's Live with Thomas Roberts, Current TV's Countdown with Keith Olbermann, Air America Radio’s The Sam Seder Show, and XM Radio’s POTUS ‘08.

In July 2009, The Atlantic named Benen one of the top 50 most influential political commentators in the United States.[7] In 2012, Benen wrote the introduction to the e-book, "Elephant in the Room: Washington in the Bush Years".[8]

"Digital Pamphleteer," a short film about Benen's work as a blogger, was created by Bill Simmon[9] and won an award at the Vermont International Film Festival[10] in 2008.


  1. ^ "The Impostors - Steve Benen - Hardcover".
  2. ^ "Meeting Minutes 07.11.94; Student Government Association BBC, Florida International University". Retrieved June 17, 2020.
  3. ^ "Hello, I must be going". The Washington Monthly. Retrieved 2015-10-21.
  4. ^ "Commentary and analysis on politics in America by Steve Benen". The Carpetbagger Report. Retrieved 18 September 2012.
  5. ^ "The Voters Should Have Decided Weiner's Fate". Retrieved 2019-07-29.
  6. ^ "Bush and New Faith-based Executive Office". 29 January 2001.
  7. ^ "The Atlantic 50". The Atlantic Monthly. Archived from the original on 2009-09-23.
  8. ^ "Elephant in the Room: Washington in the Bush Years 1st, Paul Glastris, Steve Benen -".
  9. ^ "Films".
  10. ^ "VTIFF Vermont International Film Foundation Screenings Events". VTIFF.

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