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Nina Jane Easton (born October 27, 1958)[1] is an American author, journalist, TV commentator, and entrepreneur. In 2016, she co-founded SellersEaston Media, a private-client storytelling service that preserves the legacies of leaders in business, public service, and philanthropy.[2][3] A former senior editor and award-winning columnist for Fortune Magazine, she now chairs Fortune Most Powerful Women International, with live events in Asia, Europe, and the U.S.,[4] and she co-chairs the Fortune Global Forum, which brings together top business leaders from around the world.[5] At the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), she hosts a live event and iTunes podcast series on global affairs called "Smart Women Smart Power." [6] She is a frequent political analyst on television and was a 2012 fellow at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Nina Easton
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Easton at the 2012 Fortune "Most Powerful Women" summit
Born (1958-10-27) October 27, 1958 (age 60)
ResidenceChevy Chase, Maryland
OccupationJournalist and author
EmployerFortune Magazine
Spouse(s)Ronald Brownstein (divorced)
Russell Schriefer (m. 2004)



Nina Easton started her career in journalism in 1981 as a writer for Ralph Nader, for whom she co-authored a book on the Reagan Administration.[7][8] In 1984 she became a staff reporter for the Washington D.C.-based Legal Times.[9] She then wrote for The American Banker and Businessweek before joining the Los Angeles Times as a staff writer, a position she held from 1988 to 1998. Easton's writing for the Los Angeles Times earned her a National Headliner Award in 1994 for best magazine writing and a Sunday Magazine Editors Award for investigative reporting.[10][11]

In 2003, Easton joined The Boston Globe as the deputy bureau chief at the paper's Washington bureau. From 2006 until 2016, she was a senior editor covering politics and economics for Fortune Magazine.[10][12][13] In 2014, her Fortune column was honored with a National Headliner Award for magazine commentary.[14] Easton also serves as chair of Fortune Magazine's Most Powerful Women International, which hosts events in the United States as well as internationally.[15][16] She is co-chair of the Fortune Global Forum, which in 2016 brought CEOs to the Vatican to meet Pope Francis and discuss a private-sector compact on creating a more inclusive global economy.[17]

For more than a decade, from 2005 through 2016, Easton was a regular panelist on Fox News Sunday and Special Report with Bret Baier, among other Fox news shows. She has also contributed commentary to NBC's Meet the Press, CBS's Face the Nation, ABC's This Week and PBS programs including The Charlie Rose Show. During the 2004 elections she was an analyst on CNN and during the 2008 campaign she provided primetime election commentary for Fox News.[10][12]

Recognition and Harvard fellowshipsEdit

In 1991, Easton was named a "rising star" by the British-American Project, a collaborative project between the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University and the Royal Institute of International Affairs. In 1995 she co-chaired the organization's annual conference in England.[10]

Easton's 2002 book, Gang of Five: Leaders at the Center of the Conservative Ascendancy, which chronicles the rise of post-Reagan conservatism, now ranks on the Vox list of "books to read to understand the world." [18]

In spring 2012, Easton was named a Goldsmith Fellow at Harvard University's Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy. Easton's announced research project focused on the increasing income inequality in the United States and its impact on Americans' views of the wealthy.[15] Also in 2012, she was named a fellow at Harvard's Institute of Politics where her responsibilities include leading a study group for the Harvard community focusing on role the economy plays in the election cycle.[19][20]


Easton is the author of several books. In 1982, Easton co-authored Reagan's Ruling Class: Portraits of the President's Top 100 Officials with Ronald Brownstein.[9] The book, whose preface was written by Nader, profiled individuals involved in Ronald Reagan's presidency and included interviews with most of the administration's top officials.[7][8]

Easton's Gang of Five: Leaders at the Center of the Conservative Ascendancy was published in 2002, examining the rise of modern conservatism and what Easton called the "hidden history" of the baby-boom generation. Gang of Five profiled five leaders of the conservative movement in America: William Kristol, Grover Norquist, David M. McIntosh, Clint Bolick and Ralph Reed.[21][22]

While working for The Boston Globe, Easton co-authored John F. Kerry: A Complete Biography by The Boston Globe Reporters Who Know Him Best, with fellow Globe reporters Michael Kranish and Brian Mooney. The book was published in 2004.[15][23]

Personal lifeEdit

Easton grew up in California and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of California, Berkeley. She was married to Ronald Brownstein; they had two children before divorcing.[24] On November 27, 2004 she married Russell Schriefer, a Republican political strategist who was the senior advisor to the 2012 presidential campaign of Mitt Romney.[25] In May 2007, Washington Monthly named Easton and Schriefer to its list of Washington "power couples".[26] They live in Chevy Chase, Maryland.[27]


  • Reagan's Ruling Class: Portraits of the President's Top 100 Officials, Pantheon, 1982, co-authored with Ronald Brownstein
  • Gang of Five: Leaders at the Center of the Conservative Ascendancy, Simon & Schuster, 2002
  • John F. Kerry: The Complete Biography by The Boston Globe Reporters Who Know Him Best, PublicAffairs, 2004, co-authored with Michael Kranish and Brian Mooney


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  25. ^ Haberman, Maggie (9 July 2012). "Mitt Romney's minimalist 'Mad Men'". Politico. Retrieved 25 July 2012.
  26. ^ Baumann, Nick; Haydock, Oliver (May 2007). "Washington's 60 Sizzlingest Power Couples" (PDF). Washington Monthly. Retrieved 18 July 2012.
  27. ^ "Weddings/Celebrations; Nina Easton, Russell Schriefer". The New York Times. 28 November 2004. Retrieved 9 July 2012.

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