About Jodi Kantor
Jodi Kantor is an award-winning New York Times correspondent and author of the bestselling book The Obamas, about the President and First Lady’s years in the White House. In her work, she tries to reveal the human beings behind the political figures-- their ambitions, biographies, challenges and successes.
Jodi graduated from Columbia and attended Harvard Law School. But soon after she arrived, she caught the journalism bug, took time off to work at Slate.com, and never looked back. She joinedThe New York Times in 2003 as Arts & Leisure editor, revamping the section, helping lead a makeover of the culture report, and becoming the youngest person in memory to edit a section of the Times. In 2007, she began covering the world of Barack and Michelle Obama, from their roots to their faith to their marriage, and she has also written about Hillary Clinton, John McCain, Sarah Palin, Mitt Romney, Elizabeth Warren, and many others along the way.
The recipient of a Columbia Young Alumni Achievement Award, Jodi has been named by Crain’s New York Business magazine as one of “40 Under 40" and appears regularly on television. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and six-year-old daughter.
Reviews of The Obamas:
"A meticulous reporter, Ms. Kantor is attuned to the nuance of small gestures, the import of unspoken truths… Kantor also — and this is a key — has a high regard for women, which is why hers is the first book about the Obama presidency to give Michelle Obama her due."
— Connie Schultz, in New York Times
"Energetically reported…Kantor nails her story….We political gluttons will lick the spoon clean."
– David Remnick,
The New Yorker
The Obamas portrays "...Michelle Obama as a complex, yet human individual, struggling with this situation yet remaining the moral compass and center of an administration trying to find its footing."
— Jon Stewart, The Daily Show
"Jodi Kantor’s ‘The Obamas’ is among the very best books on this White House."
– Ezra Klein,
Washington Post blogger
About Alex Wagner
Alex Wagner is the host of MSNBC’s “NOW with Alex Wagner” (weekdays at noon ET). Wagner had been an MSNBC analyst and a frequent MSNBC guest since 2010.
Most recently, Wagner was a reporter with Huffington Post, where she covered innovation in the American economy, investigating the intersection of business, politics and new technology. Prior to this, Wagner served as the White House correspondent for Politics Daily, where she chronicled a number of international and domestic affairs ranging from the BP oil spill to the Egyptian revolution.
Wagner was the Executive Director of Not On Our Watch, an advocacy and grant making non-profit founded by actors George Clooney, Matt Damon, Brad Pitt and Don Cheadle, from 2007 to 2009. With the goal of stopping and preventing mass atrocities, Wagner traveled to troubled hotspots including Burma, Sudan and Zimbabwe.
From 2004 to 2007, she was the Editor in Chief of the Fader Magazine, covering cultural movements around the globe from Brazil to China to South Africa. Prior to this, she served as the Cultural Correspondent for the Washington, DC-based think tank Center for American Progress. Wagner is a native of Washington, DC and attended Brown University.
About Alex’s MSNBC Program, NOW with Alex Wagner
Every morning we wake up to a blitz of news and events. Alex and her NOW contributors give a fresh perspective on the day's headlines, and help audiences go behind them to better understand our culture and politics. NOW With Alex Wagner airs at 12pm ET Monday through Friday on MSNBC.
This Monday, August 20, Alex will host a special segment on Women and Politics featuring Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Newsweek/Daily Beast Editor-in-Chief Tina Brown, fair pay advocate Lilly Ledbetter, Massachusetts Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren, Washington Post’s Sally Quinn, actress and women’s health advocate Gabrielle Unionand others. Tune in and find out more at www.nowwithalex.msnbc.com.
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