The Female Journalists Covering the 2016 Election Who You'll Definitely Want to Follow
By Hillary Kelly
In The New York Times on Tuesday, op-ed writer Frank Bruni rather rudely called the lively interview Lena Dunham conducted with Hillary Clinton for Lenny Letter a "pajama party minus the pajamas," presumably in reference to the fact that two females sat down together and both discussed serious issues and dared to have just a wee bit of fun on the side.
It's hard to imagine any journalist calling a conversation between two male figures a "pajama party." The charged, pejorative term made these two intelligent women seem silly — and underlined the fact that some people still think a politically-savvy woman doing some campaign interviewing is, well, unusual. And that's simply not true. No matter how you feel about Dunham and her new newsletter, there are tons of women journalists covering the 2016 election whose reporting and writing will indisputably shape opinions and start conversations over the next year.
Here, a list of a few of the best and brightest. (Disclaimer: This list is by no means exhaustive. It couldn't be. There are just too many smart ladies in this biz.)
Sabrina Siddiqui @sabrinasiddiqui
This political reporter for the Guardian is the source to follow if you want the complete array of every candidate's movements, pivots, and announcements. Siddiqui somehow juggles every thread of the election at once, from "Marco Rubio Proposes Tax Break for Employers Who Give Paid Family Leave," to "Scott Walker Given Fake $900m Check From Koch Brothers for "Climate Denial." (That's her getting ready to board Air Force One to report on President Obama's recent trip to Oklahoma, above, and a pic she took at a Marco Rubio campaign event in Florida a few days ago, below.)
Amy Davidson @tnycloseread
There is seemingly no news topic that The New Yorker’s Daily Comment editor doesn’t cover with aplomb—from King Tut’s tomb to Adrian Peterson’s domestic abuse charges. In terms of 2016 content, Davidson manages to capture each day’s big political news and adeptly explain why exactly we should give a damn about it.
Dana Liebelson @dliebelson
With President Obama’s history-making visit to a federal penitentiary in Oklahoma, the pope's stop at a Philadelphia prison last week, and more and more questions arising about the morality of capital punishment, you can be sure that prison reform will be a heated topic in the 2016 race. Liebelson's positively jaw-dropping expose of the violent, horrific treatment of minors in custody for Huffington Post’s The Highline has established her as a seminal voice on the topic.
Marin Cogan @marincogan
As a veteran of GQ and a writer at ESPN The Magazine, Cogan has vast experience writing for mostly male audiences, and it shows in her writing. Not because it skews male, but because she’s a woman who gets both sides of the gender divide and her political writing proves it. She’ll be covering the campaign at New York magazine, and I’d bet that she’ll be looking at and reporting on some of those lesser-than-Trump candidates with fresh eyes.
Amy Chozick @amychozick
Immediately following the 2016 election, Amy Chozick is going to need a serious de-Hillary Clinton-stressing massage. As The New York Times' Hillary reporter (yep, that’s a thing), she's an ever-flowing wealth of information on Clinton’s next moves, and she’ll be touring the country with the candidate this year, so you can bet she’ll be first to break some of Clinton's biggest upcoming decisions (VP pick, anyone?). (That's a shot she took of Clinton at a press conference while on the campaign trail, below.)
Moment of levity at Hillary Clinton press conference today... pic.twitter.com/AcIKT5dXaO
— Amy Chozick (@amychozick) July 28, 2015
Farai Chideya @farai
The Public Radio International host, novelist, and all-around Renaissance woman hasjust joined the staff of FiveThirtyEight (as in, two weeks ago) where she’ll be covering politics, technology, and the intersection of the two. With Hillary Clinton’s email controversy still bubbling over, and questions about cybersecurity, drone warfare, and more always circulating, her deft commentary will be more than needed in 2016.
Rebecca Traister @rtraister
When Traister releases a new essay, the entire female internet stops for a half hour to read it. That's because the New York magazine writer-at-large documents female life as she really sees it, with all its intricacies, tidal shifts, and yes, yucky anatomical necessities (see: "The Big Secret of Abortion: Women Already Know How it Works"). Her feminist pot doesn't boil over unless the issue really matters, in which case her fiery prose is put to good use, always lifting women up.
Janell Ross @janellross
This reporter for the Washington Post's The Fix covers the intersection of race and politics, cleverly connecting America's tense undercurrent with the beliefs and policies of candidates and officials. Pieces like "America's Racial Divides Are So Deep, We Can't Even Agree What the Civil War Was About," smartly unpack the contemporary debates convening around race in this country, while also consistently driving home the point that, as nation, we need to do better.
Margaret Hoover @margarethoover
A conservative who's "committed to modernizing the Republican party," Hoover's contributions to CNN promise to be filled with her signature balance and sensibility. The great-granddaughter of President Herbert Hoover (fun fact!) is one of the leading voices for marriage equality on the right wing, an issue she'll surely address in some of her appearances and columns. (That's her, taking a quick break from delivering Republican debate commentary, below.)
— MargaretHoover (@MargaretHoover) September 18, 2015
Katha Pollitt @kathapollitt
Pollitt is one of those writers whose work pops up just about everywhere, from The New Yorker to Harper's. Each month in The Nation, Pollitt’s seminal “Subject to Debate” column lifts, folds, and reorganizes whatever hot topic is swirling at the time, reframing it into a musing on the way justice works in our modern world.
Pema Levy @pemalevy
Perhaps the very best aspect of the way Levy covers the news is that she actually seems to get pleasure out of discovering funny little buried political treasures. Did you know that there’s a Bernie Sanders-themed arcade game from 2006? Levy found it. That Bush senior was actually one of the architects of federal contributions to Planned Parenthood. Levy covered that too. A young reporter for Mother Jones, Levy's bound to keep adding to this collection of eccentricities as election 2016 moves into high gear.
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