• Birth—May 9, 1965
• Where—Boston, Massachusetts, USA
• Education—University of Michigan
• Awards—National Magazine Award
• Currently—lives in Washington, D.C.
Mark Leibovich is an American journalist and author. He is the chief national correspondent for the New York Times Magazine, based in Washington, D.C. He is known for his profiles on political and media figures.
Leibovich was previously a national political correspondent in the New York Times' Washington Bureau. He came to the Times in 2006 from the Washington Post, where he spent nine years, first covering the national technology sector for the Post's business section, then serving as the lead political writer for the paper's style section. Leibovich previously worked at the the San Jose Mercury News.
He is also the author of the 2013 This Town: Two Parties and a Funeral-Plus, Plenty of Valet Parking!-in America's Gilded Capital. Politico published an article describing This Town as a "chronicle" of the "incestuous ecology of insider Washington." Leibovich, according to the story, is nicknamed "Leibo," and the book's original sub-title was "The Way it Works in Suck Up City." Fareed Zakaria as reviewer for Washington Post praises it as "hottest political book of the summer," containing " juicy anecdotes" and a tell-tale core of "corruption and dysfunction."
The book attracted controversy in 2011 when an aide to Representative Darrell Issa was fired for sharing reporters’ e-mails with Leibovich without their knowledge. In addition to his political writing, Leibovich also authored The New Imperialists, a collection of profiles of technology pioneers.
Awards and Recognition
Leibovich has won a number of journalism awards, including a 2011 National Magazine Award for his profile of Politico's Michael Allen and the changing media culture of Washington. The New Republic described Leibovich as “brutally incisive yet not without pathos” in naming him one of Washington’s 25 Most Powerful, Least Famous People. Washingtonian Magazine has called him the "reigning master of the political profile” and the Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg nominated Leibovich as Washington’s “most important journalist” for his “ability to make his profile subjects look like rock stars, on the one hand, and to make others look like complete idiots, on the other.” This Town has been featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, Slate, and Daily Beast. (From Wikipedia. Retrieved 9/10/13.)
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