Mark Leibovich (/ˈlbəvɪ/ LEE-bə-vitch;[1] born May 9, 1965) is an American journalist and author. He is a staff writer at The Atlantic, and previously spent 16 years at the New York Times, including a decade as the chief national correspondent for The New York Times Magazine, based in Washington, D.C.[2] He is known for his profiles of political, sports, and entertainment figures.

Mark Leibovich
Mark Leibovich at the 2013 Texas Book Festival
Leibovich at the 2013 Texas Book Festival
Born (1965-05-09) May 9, 1965 (age 58)
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
EducationNewton South High School
Alma materUniversity of Michigan (BA)

In addition to his magazine and newspaper career, Leibovich has also written five books, including three New York Times bestsellers, and two #1 Times bestsellers about the culture and Washington, D.C.: This Town and Thank You for Your Servitude.

Early life and education edit

Born in Boston, Massachusetts to a father who was from Argentina and a Brooklyn-born mother, Leibovich grew up in a Jewish home he describes as not religious.[3]

Leibovich attended Newton South High School, from which he graduated in 1983.[4] He went on to attend the University of Michigan, graduating with a bachelor's degree in English in 1987.[5]

Career edit

Leibovich got his start as a journalist writing for Boston's alternative weekly The Phoenix, where he worked for four years. After that, he moved to California and worked as a general assignment reporter at The San Jose Mercury News.[6]

In 1997, Leibovich moved to Washington, D.C., to work at The Washington Post, where he spent nine years, first covering the national technology sector for the Post's business section, then as a national political writer for the paper's Style section.

In 2006, Leibovich was hired by The New York Times, where he was a national political correspondent in the Times' Washington Bureau.[7] He then became Chief National Correspondent at The New York Times Magazine in 2012.

In 2022, Leibovich joined The Atlantic as a staff writer.[8]

Broadcasting edit

Leibovich is a political analyst for NBC and MSNBC, and appears regularly on Morning Joe, Deadline with Nicolle Wallace and Meet the Press. Previously, Leibovich was a political contributor to CBS News. He has also appeared on numerous late-night shows, including CBS's Late Night with Stephen Colbert, Comedy Central's The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and Trevor Noah and HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher and On the Record with Bob Costas, and Showtime's The Circus.[9]

Writing edit

In addition to his political writing, Leibovich has also written:

  • The New Imperialists, a collection of profiles of technology pioneers, published January 2002, by Prentice Hall Press.[10]
  • This Town: Two Parties and a Funeral – Plus, Plenty of Valet Parking – in America's Gilded Capital
  • Citizens of the Green Room, an anthology of Leibovich's profiles in the New York Times and Washington Post, published November 2014 by Blue Rider Press.[11]
  • Big Game: The NFL in Dangerous Times, a behind-the-scenes look at the owners and commissioner of the National Football League, published September 2018, by Penguin Books.[12]
  • Thank You for your Servitude: Donald Trump’s Washington and the Price of Submission published July 2022

This Town edit

Leibovich is the author of This Town: Two Parties and a Funeral – Plus, Plenty of Valet Parking! – in America's Gilded Capital.[13] The book debuted at No. 1 on the New York Times nonfiction bestseller list in July 2013,[14] and remained on the list for 12 weeks.[15] Leibovich discussed This Town on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,[16] ABC's This Week with George Stephanopoulos,[17] Charlie Rose,[18] PBS's Moyers and Company[19] and NPR's Weekend Edition.[20] He also appeared as a contestant on NPR's Wait, Wait Don’t Tell Me.[21] In a February 2014 edition of Jeopardy!, This Town was the answer to a clue in the category “2013 Bestsellers.”[22]

In advance of its July 2013 release, 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".[23]Fareed Zakaria as reviewer for the Washington Post praises it as the "hottest political book of the summer", containing " juicy anecdotes" and a tell-tale core of "corruption and dysfunction".[24] Richard McGregor of the Financial Times described Leibovich as "like a modern-day Balzac".[25]

In his book review for The New York Times, novelist Christopher Buckley described This Town as a series of “mini-masterpieces of politico-anthropological sociology".[26] The Economist said This Town "may be the most pitiless examination of America’s permanent political class that has ever been conducted".[27]

This Town was released in paperback in April 2014 in conjunction with the annual White House Correspondents Dinner, which Leibovich has described as "an abomination".[28]

The book attracted controversy when an aide to Representative Darrell Issa was fired for sharing reporters’ e-mails with Leibovich without their knowledge.[29]

Big Game: The NFL in Dangerous Times edit

Leibovich is the author of Big Game: The NFL in Dangerous Times. The book looks at a 4-year period in the NFL where Mark follows the most powerful people in the NFL, including commissioner Roger Goodell, quarterback Tom Brady, and Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. The book also looks at the controversies surrounding the NFL such as the long-term health hazards, football's impact on concussion and brain health, and how politics have crossed into the sport.[30]

Awards and recognition edit

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.[31] 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.[32] Washingtonian Magazine has called him the "reigning master of the political profile”[33] 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".[34]

Personal life edit

Leibovich lives in Washington D.C., with his wife and three daughters.[35]

Works edit

  • Leibovich, Mark (2002). The New Imperialists: How Five Restless Kids Grew Up To Virtually Rule Your World. New Jersey: Prentice Hall Press. ISBN 978-0735203174
  • Leibovich, Mark (2013) This Town: Two Parties and a Funeral-Plus, Plenty of Valet Parking!-in America's Gilded Capital. New York: Blue Rider Press. ISBN 978-0399161308
  • Leibovich, Mark (2014) Citizens of the Green Room: Profiles in Courage and Self-Delusion. New York: Blue Rider Press. ISBN 978-0399171925
  • Leibovich, Mark (2018) Big Game: The NFL in Dangerous Times. Penguin Press. ISBN 978-0399185427
  • Leibovich, Mark (2022) Thank You for Your Servitude: Donald Trump's Washington and the Price of Submission. Penguin Press. ISBN 978-0593296318

References edit

  1. ^ "Introduction to Mark Leibovich". YouTube. Retrieved July 30, 2020.
  2. ^ "Mark Leibovich".
  3. ^ Guttman, Nathan (August 9, 2013). "Mark Leibovich Channels Jewish Outsider Status for Beltway Bestseller 'This Town'". Jewish Daily Forward. Retrieved October 24, 2016.
  4. ^ "Mark Leibovich: Chief National Correspondent, The New York Times Magazine". Lewis and Clark University. Retrieved June 28, 2013.
  5. ^ Raffety, Dan (October 29, 2012). "11 Burning Questions with a New York Times Magazine writer". Los Angeles Loyolan.
  6. ^ Jaffe, Harry (March 14, 2006). "Times DC Bureau Raids Washington Post; Leibovich Leaves, Two Others Staying". The Washingtonian. Retrieved June 28, 2013.
  7. ^ O'Shea, Chris (June 19, 2012). "Mark Leibovich Joins New York Times Magazine". Fishbowl NY. Retrieved June 28, 2013.
  8. ^ "Mark Leibovich". The Atlantic.
  9. ^ "NBC's Meet the Press". NBC.
  10. ^ Leibovich, Mark (2002). The New Imperialists (first ed.). New Jersey: Prentice Hall Press. ISBN 978-0735203174.
  11. ^ Leibovich, Mark (November 11, 2014). Citizens of the Green Room: Profiles in Courage and Self-Delusion. New York: Blue Rider Press. ISBN 978-0399171925.
  12. ^ Liebovich, Mark (September 4, 2018). Big Game: The NFL in Dangerous Times (first ed.). New York City: Penguin Press. ISBN 978-0399185427.
  13. ^ Leibovich, Mark (2013). This Town: Two Parties and a Funeral-Plus, Plenty of Valet Parking!-in America's Gilded Capital. New York: Blue Rider Press. ISBN 978-0399161308.
  14. ^ Halperin, Alex (July 27, 2013). "Mark Leibovich: "Washington is not a psychologically savvy city"". Salon. Retrieved October 7, 2013.
  15. ^ "Best Sellers September 15, 2013". The New York Times. Retrieved October 7, 2013.
  16. ^ Gupta, Prachi (July 30, 2013). "Must-see morning clip: Mark Leibovich talks D.C. culture on "The Daily Show"". Salon. Retrieved October 7, 2013.
  17. ^ Bell, Benjamin (July 14, 2013). "'This Week' Web Extra: Mark Leibovich". ABC News. Retrieved October 7, 2013.
  18. ^ Rose, Charlie (July 16, 2013). "Mark Leibovich on his book "This Town" and later Joshua Sapan, President & CEO of AMC Networks". Charlie Rose. Archived from the original on July 25, 2013. Retrieved October 8, 2013.
  19. ^ Moyers, Bill (August 23, 2013). "Mark Leibovich on Glitz and Greed in Washington". Moyers & Company. Retrieved October 8, 2013.
  20. ^ "'This Town' Takes Aim At The Washington Establishment". National Public Radio. July 14, 2013. Retrieved October 8, 2013.
  21. ^ Sagal, Peter (September 13, 2013). "Not My Job: Writer Mark Leibovich Gets Quizzed On Louis XIV". National Public Radio. Retrieved October 8, 2013.
  22. ^ "Show #6782 - Tuesday, February 25, 2014". J! Archive. Retrieved July 11, 2014.
  23. ^ Allen, Mike &, Vandehei, Jim (April 25, 2013). "'This Town': A Washington takedown". Politico. Retrieved June 28, 2013.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  24. ^ Fareed Zakaria (August 2, 2013). "The root of Washington's ills". Washington Post. Retrieved August 2, 2013.
  25. ^ McGregor, Richard (July 12, 2013). "Washington's Most Likely". Financial Times. Retrieved July 11, 2014.
  26. ^ Buckley, Christopher (July 25, 2013). "A Confederacy of Lunches". The New York Times. Retrieved October 8, 2013.
  27. ^ "Something rotten". The Economist. August 24, 2013. Retrieved October 8, 2013.
  28. ^ Caitlin, Emma (May 4, 2014). "Leibovich: WHCD an 'abomination'". Politico. Retrieved July 14, 2014.
  29. ^ Kane, Paul (March 1, 2011). "Rep. Darrell Issa fires trusted aide Bardella". Washington Post. Retrieved July 1, 2013.
  30. ^ "Big Game". Goodreads. Retrieved December 5, 2018.
  31. ^ Rothstein, Betsy (May 11, 2011). "NYT's Mark Leibovich Wins Ellie for Delving Into Netherworld of Politico's Mike Allen". Fishbowl DC. Retrieved July 2, 2013.
  32. ^ "Washington's Most Powerful, Least Famous People". The New Republic. October 12, 2011. Retrieved July 2, 2013.
  33. ^ Graff, Garrett (June 19, 2012). "Mark Leibovich to Stay at the "New York Times"". The Washingtonian. Retrieved July 2, 2013.
  34. ^ Goldberg, Jeffrey (April 22, 2010). "Leibovich on Mike Allen, and What Makes a Powerful Washington Journalist". The Atlantic. Retrieved July 2, 2013.
  35. ^ Elman, Raymond (November 17, 2018). "Mark Leibovich: Chief National Correspondent for the New York Times Magazine, Author". Florida International University.

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