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Dylan Byers is an American journalist. He is a senior media reporter at NBC News and MSNBC and the author of Byers Market, a daily newsletter covering the business of media, technology and entertainment.[1]

Early life and educationEdit

Dylan Byers was born to Margaret Carol Lewis and Judson Thomas "Tom" Byers[2][3] of Seattle, Washington.[4] Both parents served as deputy mayor of Seattle, with a gap between them: Margaret first (1981–89), then Tom nine years later (1998–2002).[4] Margaret was subsequently the director of a network of philanthropists in the Seattle area, and Judson is a founding partner of a public policy consulting firm.[4]

Dylan Byers attended Bard College, from which he graduated in 2008.[5][4]


Byers has worked as a research assistant to New Yorker writers Philip Gourevitch, George Packer, and Jane Kramer.[5]

He began his journalism career as a media and tech reporter for Adweek.[5] He later moved to Politico and launched the "On Media" blog in November 2011.[6] On Media became known as a "scoop heavy blog" for media and political news.[7] Byers created and grew the blog, and critics praised it as "workaholic media-politics coverage," specific to Byers' niche of the intersection between politics and media.[8]

While at Politico, Byers wrote "“President Obama, off the record," an article providing readers a glimpse into an ‘off the record’ side of US President Barack Obama. For that story, he was a finalist in the 2014 Mirror Awards competition for Best Single Article in Digital Media.[9]

In September 2015, fellow media reporter Brian Stelter announced that Byers was joining CNN.[10] In his announcement, Stelter wrote, "Byers is a scoop machine ... When I’ve been offline for more than a few hours, the way I see what I’ve missed is by checking his Twitter feed."[11]

Byers joined NBC in September 2018. [12]


In 2012, Byers drew scrutiny when he reported in Politico that US President Barack Obama's girlfriend in Dreams from My Father was a composite character, which was already acknowledged by Obama in the book. Politico issued an extensive correction at the top of the original article.[13]

Byers was also criticized for "Turbulence at The Times," a critical profile about former New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson, which quoted many anonymous staffers who said she was difficult to work with. Several commentators labeled Byers's piece as sexist.[14] Abramson was let go from the New York Times the following year.[15]

In 2017, Sean Hannity and Juan Williams challenged portions of a Byers CNN report. Byers reported that three sources stated an on-air dispute between the two lead to Hannity aiming a gun at Williams off air. Byers reported that it was just Hannity "showing off" but was disturbing to Williams and others present. Fox News investigated and "found that no one was put in any danger". Hannity later said the gun was not loaded and "Never pointed at anybody." Williams said the story was being sensationalized and that he did not feel he had been in harm's way.[16]

On November 21, 2017, Byers posted a tweet on his account inferring that the recent sexual harassment scandals in media and entertainment were draining those industries of talent. The tweet was later deleted.[17][18]

Personal lifeEdit

Byers is married to Cara Colleen Walsh, a freelance graphic designer who attended New York University and Harvard University.[4] .


  1. ^ Moraes, Lisa de (August 16, 2018). "Dylan Byers Joins NBC News To Cover Hollywood, Silicon Valley". Deadline. Retrieved November 13, 2018.
  2. ^ "Seattle Symphony Special Events and Gala Sponsors/Donors" (PDF). Encore; Seattle Symphony. May 2014. p. 34. Retrieved November 8, 2016.
  3. ^ "Judson Foster Byers". Midland Daily News.
  4. ^ a b c d e "Cara Walsh and Dylan Byers". The New York Times. October 19, 2014. p. ST18. Retrieved November 8, 2016.
  5. ^ a b c "Dylan Byers". Retrieved November 8, 2016.
  6. ^ "Ben Smith, Dylan Byers Launch New Media Blog For Politico". The Huffington Post. November 4, 2011. Retrieved September 5, 2015.
  7. ^ "8 Blogs Every Media Professional Should Follow". August 27, 2015. Retrieved August 16, 2016.
  8. ^ Wemple, Erik (September 2, 2015). "CNN shops again at Politico, picking up media reporter Dylan Byers". Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved August 16, 2016.
  9. ^ Bhuiyan, Johana (April 1, 2014). "2014 Mirror Awards finalists announced". Retrieved November 8, 2016.
  10. ^ Burchette, Jordan (September 2, 2015). "Dylan Byers Jumps to CNN From Politico". Retrieved November 8, 2016.
  11. ^ Arana, Gabriel. "CNN Nabs Politico Media Reporter Dylan Byers". The Huffington Post. Retrieved August 16, 2016.
  12. ^ Alexandra Steigrad (August 16, 2018). "CNN media correspondent moving to NBC". New York Post. Retrieved February 7, 2019.
  13. ^ Byers, Dylan (May 2, 2012). "Obama: 'New York girlfriend' was composite". Politico. Retrieved May 6, 2017.
  14. ^ Linabary, Jasmine (April 28, 2013). "On Politico and the criticism of Jill Abramson". The Gender Report. Retrieved September 5, 2015.
  15. ^ Auletta, Ken (May 14, 2014). "Why Jill Abramson Was Fired". ISSN 0028-792X. Retrieved February 7, 2019.
  16. ^ D'Zurilla, Christie (March 17, 2017). "Sean Hannity, Juan Williams reject gun story as 'sensationalized'; CNN defends report". LA Times. Retrieved March 17, 2017.
  17. ^ Byers, Dylan (November 22, 2017). "CNN Reporter Apologizes for 'Embarrassing' Tweet on 'Drain of Talent' After Harassment Scandals". The Wrap. Retrieved November 22, 2017.
  18. ^ Byers, Dylan (November 22, 2017). "Liberal CNN reporter under fire after tweeting that sex allegations are draining talent from media, entertainment". Fox News. Retrieved November 22, 2017.