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James "Jim" VandeHei (born February 12, 1971) is the co-founder and CEO of Axios and the former executive editor and co-founder of Politico. Previously, he was a national political reporter at The Washington Post, where he worked as White House correspondent.
Jim VanDeHei on MSNBC's Morning Joe in 2018
February 12, 1971
|Alma mater||University of Wisconsin–Oshkosh|
|Spouse(s)||Autumn Hanna VandeHei|
Life and careerEdit
VandeHei was born in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, and graduated from Lourdes High School in 1989. In 1995, he graduated from the University of Wisconsin–Oshkosh with a double major in journalism and political science. As an undergraduate, he interned at The Brillion News in Brillion, WI the summer of 1993, and with Democratic Senator Herb Kohl in 1994, which led to his decision to become a political journalist.
After working as a sports reporter for the Oshkosh Northwestern, VandeHei moved to Washington, D.C. In 1995, began working for Inside Washington Publishers. In 1996, he was hired by "Inside the New Congress," a weekly newsletter that focuses on the House and Senate. In 1997, he began working as a reporter for Roll Call, which covers Capitol Hill. While at Roll Call, VandeHei broke the story of House Speaker-elect Bob Livingston's affairs in 1998. He was the first to report in 1998 that Republicans were formally planning to impeach Bill Clinton.
In 2006, VandeHei left The Washington Post to found a new political publication, Politico.
In early 2016, it was announced that VandeHei was leaving Politico after the presidential elections. In April he abruptly left, prior to his previously stated departure date and penned a piece in The Information about the current vapid state of media, the downward spiral of chasing clicks, and the future vision for media.
- "Monday's birthdays".
- "Biography: Jim VandeHei | Risky Business: John Harris, Jim VandeHei, and Politico Part B: A Winning Model?". ccnmtl.columbia.edu. Retrieved 2018-11-20.
- "House Republicans rally 'round Livingston". CNN. December 17, 1998.
- VandeHei, Jim (April 19, 2016). "Escaping the Digital Media 'Crap Trap'". The Information.
- Appearances on C-SPAN
- Jim VandeHei on Charlie Rose
- 100 People To Watch, Washingtonian, December 1999
- White House correspondent, Oshkosh alum relays experiences, Jacob Phillips, Advance Titan, March 30, 2005
- Co-Founder and CEO of Axios; Co-Founder and Former CEO of POLITICO Speaker Bio at Leading Authorities. Retrieved July 2, 2019.
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