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Adam Serwer (born 1982)[1] is an American journalist. He is currently a staff writer at The Atlantic where his work focuses on politics. He has received awards from the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ), The Root, and the Society of Professional Journalists. Serwer was named a spring 2019 Shorenstein Center fellow. He received a 2019 Hillman Prize for Opinion & Analysis Journalism.[2][3]

Life and careerEdit

Serwer was raised in Washington, D.C.[4] His father, Daniel Serwer, was in the Foreign Service and so Serwer spent part of his childhood abroad. His mother, Jacquelyn Days Serwer, is the Chief Curator of the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of African American History and Culture.[5] His father is white and Jewish and his mother is African American.[6] He has one brother.

Serwer received his bachelor's degree from Vassar College and his master's degree from Columbia University's School of Journalism.[7] Following graduate school, he was a writing fellow at The American Prospect.[8] He later worked at Mother Jones, MSNBC, The Washington Post, Jack and Jill Politics, and Salon.[9] He began work at BuzzFeed News as the national editor in August 2014.[10][11] Serwer was hired as a senior editor at The Atlantic on August 15, 2016.[12] His work there has focused on white supremacy, race in America, and the Trump administration.[13] Essays such as "The Nationalist's Delusion" and "White Nationalism's Deep American Roots" and "The Cruelty Is the Point" have been cited by other journalists in various outlets.[14][15][16][17][18][19][20] He has also appeared on other media such as All Things Considered, The Opposition with Jordan Klepper, In the Thick, and On My Mind with Diane Rehm to discuss his writing.[21][22][23][24]

Serwer received a fellowship from the Shorenstein Center in 2019, for which he researched the historical role of African Americans and voting.[25] He received the 2019 Hillman Prize for his work on the rise of Trump, Trumpism and America's history of racism.[26]

Personal lifeEdit

Serwer is married.[27] He practices Judaism.[28]

He has four cats who he frequently Tweets about and refers to as "the Garfields" because they are all orange.[29]


  • Salute to Excellence Awards, Magazines - Commentary/Essay, "All the President's Frenemies," NABJ (2012)[30]
  • The Root 100, The Root (2012)[31]
  • The Root 100, The Root (2013)[32]
  • Sigma Delta Chi Award Honorees, Online Column Writing, “Race in America,” Society of Professional Journalists (2015)[33]
  • The Root 100, Media, The Root (2018)[1]
  • Spring 2019 Fellow, Shorenstein Center[25]
  • Hillman Prize for Opinion & Analysis Journalism, Hillman Foundation (2019)[3]


  1. ^ a b "The Root 100 - The Most Influential African Americans In 2018". The Root. Retrieved 2019-04-02.
  2. ^ Grinapol|July 14, Corinne; 2016. "The Atlantic Adds Adam Serwer, Siddhartha Mahanta". Retrieved 2019-04-02.
  3. ^ a b By. "'Perversion of Justice' wins Hillman Foundation award for socially responsible journalism". miamiherald. Retrieved 2019-04-24.
  4. ^ Serwer, Adam (2008-12-16). "ON BEING BLACK AT SIDWELL". The American Prospect. ISSN 1049-7285. Retrieved 2019-04-02.
  5. ^ Boorstein, Michelle. "Jewish community trying to make room for interfaith couples". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2019-06-28.
  6. ^ "'A certain fear of free black men'". MSNBC. 2011-05-18. Retrieved 2019-04-02.
  7. ^ Yolanda Young. "Adam Serwer is an editor on a mission to empower readers". Retrieved 2019-04-02.
  8. ^ "Adam Serwer | The Guardian". the Guardian. Retrieved 2019-04-02.
  9. ^ Tanzer, Myles. "American Prospect Mass Exodus Begins". BuzzFeed. Retrieved 2019-04-02.
  10. ^ "Adam Serwer is BuzzFeed's new national editor". Poynter. 2014-08-12. Retrieved 2019-04-02.
  11. ^ Levy, Nicole. "Adam Serwer named Buzzfeed national editor". POLITICO Media. Retrieved 2019-04-02.
  12. ^ O'Shea|July 14, Chris; 2016. "The Atlantic Adds 2, Promotes Sacha Zimmerman". Retrieved 2019-04-02.
  13. ^ "What Discrimination? | On the Media". WNYC Studios. Retrieved 2019-04-02.
  14. ^ "Yes, the Civil War was about slavery. Just listen to Uncivil". Columbia Journalism Review. Retrieved 2019-04-02.
  15. ^ "Trump and "The Nationalist's Delusion"". Retrieved 2019-04-02.
  16. ^ Douthat, Ross (2017-11-29). "Opinion | Race and Class and What Happened in 2016". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-04-02.
  17. ^ "Weekend Read: A horrifying pattern of white supremacist attacks". Southern Poverty Law Center. Retrieved 2019-04-02.
  18. ^ Feller, Madison (2018-12-19). "9 Writers Share the Absolute Best Thing They Read on the Internet in 2018". ELLE. Retrieved 2019-04-02.
  19. ^ Klein, Ezra (2018-12-11). "The political tribalism of Andrew Sullivan". Vox. Retrieved 2019-04-02.
  20. ^ Nast, Condé. "The Trump Administration's War on Trans People Is Pointless and Cruel". GQ. Retrieved 2019-04-09.
  21. ^ Perkins, Dennis. "The Atlantic's Adam Serwer tells Jordan Klepper how to know who Donald Trump really is". The A.V. Club. Retrieved 2019-04-02.
  22. ^ "White Nationalist Rhetoric Heard Today Echoes America A Century Ago". Retrieved 2019-04-02.
  23. ^ "In The Thick: The Roots of American Racism". Retrieved 2019-07-07.
  24. ^ "An American Whose White Nationalist Theories Inspired Hitler". Diane Rehm. Retrieved 2019-04-09.
  25. ^ a b news, in In the (2019-01-09). "Shorenstein Center Announces Spring 2019 Fellows". Shorenstein Center. Retrieved 2019-04-02.
  26. ^ "2019 Hillman Prize for Opinion & Analysis Journalism". The Sidney Hillman Foundation. Retrieved 24 April 2019.
  27. ^ Serwer 🍝, Adam (2019-01-26). "I know I give the impression of being a cat bachelor longer true!". @AdamSerwer. Retrieved 2019-04-02.
  28. ^ "How Is Your Judaism Different From Your Parents'?". Moment Magazine - The Next 5,000 Years of Conversation Begin Here. 2019-03-20. Retrieved 2019-04-02.
  29. ^ "Adam Serwer - Let's Talk About Cats Podcast - Episode 13". Retrieved 2019-04-02.
  30. ^ "STEWinners2012 - National Association of Black Journalists". Retrieved 2019-04-02.
  31. ^ "MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry tops the 'Root 100′ list". Poynter. 2012-09-20. Retrieved 2019-04-02.
  32. ^ "The Root 100 – 2013". The Root. 2013-01-01. Retrieved 2019-04-02.
  33. ^ "Sigma Delta Chi Awards - Society of Professional Journalists". Retrieved 2019-04-02.

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