Alex Wagner

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Alex Wagner
Alex Wagner.jpg
Wagner in December 2011
BornAlexandra Swe Wagner
(1977-12-04) December 4, 1977 (age 36)
Washington, DC
NationalityAmerican
EthnicityBurmese mother
German and Irish father
Alma materBrown University
OccupationTelevision journalist
ReligionRoman Catholic
Partner(s)Sam Kass
ParentsTin Swe Thant
Carl Wagner
Website
MSNBC: Now With Alex Wagner
 
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Alex Wagner
Alex Wagner.jpg
Wagner in December 2011
BornAlexandra Swe Wagner
(1977-12-04) December 4, 1977 (age 36)
Washington, DC
NationalityAmerican
EthnicityBurmese mother
German and Irish father
Alma materBrown University
OccupationTelevision journalist
ReligionRoman Catholic
Partner(s)Sam Kass
ParentsTin Swe Thant
Carl Wagner
Website
MSNBC: Now With Alex Wagner

Alexandra Swe "Alex" Wagner (born December 4, 1977)[1] is an American journalist. She is a political analyst and anchor of the daytime program Now with Alex Wagner on MSNBC which has a progressive viewpoint.

Early life and education[edit]

Wagner grew up in Washington, D.C., attended Woodrow Wilson High School,[2] and graduated from Brown University in 1999.[3][1] Her mother, Tin Swe Thant, is an immigrant from Rangoon, Burma.[1] Her father, Carl Wagner, is from Iowa and of German and Irish descent, and is a prominent Democratic Party political consultant who co-chaired Bill Clinton’s presidential campaign.[4] Wagner was raised Roman Catholic.[5]

Career[edit]

Wagner has worked as the cultural correspondent for the Center for American Progress.[6] From 2003 to 2007, she was editor-in-chief of The Fader magazine, covering music and cultural movements from around the world.[7] She also served as executive director of Not On Our Watch, an advocacy organization focused on mass atrocities and human rights violations.[7]

Wagner then became the White House correspondent for Politics Daily, a political news magazine under AOL News.[7] She moved to The Huffington Post after it was acquired by AOL.[8]

As an analyst on MSNBC, Wagner appeared on Countdown with Keith Olbermann and The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell.[9]

Since November 14, 2011 Wagner has hosted Now with Alex Wagner weekdays (originally at noon (ET), a time slot previously hosted by Contessa Brewer, but now at 4 PM (ET)). [10]

Political views[edit]

She has described herself as progressive[11] and believes that the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution should be repealed.[12] Wagner has done several pieces on Ron Paul focusing on the fact he has supporters from groups such as 9/11 Truthers[citation needed] and Milosevic apologists[citation needed] and in an interview with Ron Paul questioned him about his having potential anti-semitic ties.[13] On matters involving Israel, she believes that there is an element of “trepidation that inhibits a robust discussion about Israel in the American media" due to fears of being labeled an anti-Semite.[14]

Personal life[edit]

Wagner is engaged to Barack Obama's personal chef and "Let’s Move" ambassador, Sam Kass.[15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Goodman, Lizzy (April 19, 2012). "Politicool: Alex Wagner". Elle. Retrieved August 11, 2012. "Wagner, who is 34 but looks 26, is young to have her own TV show... "I feel strongly about this as the first-generation American on my mom's side," Wagner says. (Her mother is from Burma, her father, Carl Wagner, from Iowa.)" 
  2. ^ Neal, Jill Hudson. "Alex Wagner: A Voice for All Things Now". Capitol File. Retrieved 18 April 2013. 
  3. ^ "Now with Alex Wagner - Biographies". NBCUniversal. Archived from the original on 2012-02-28. Retrieved 2012-02-28. 
  4. ^ Burmese-American Alex Wagner Hosts Her Own U.S. Political TV Show IIP Digital, U.S. Department of State
  5. ^ Real Clear Politics: "Fireworks: MSNBC's Alex Wagner vs. Ron Paul On Syria, Liberty, Anti-Semitism" September 5, 2013 | Wagner: I was raised Catholic, so that’s the last thing I’d want to do.
  6. ^ "Alex Wagner". Politics Daily. Retrieved October 21, 2011. 
  7. ^ a b c "Alex Wagner". The Huffington Post. Retrieved October 21, 2011. 
  8. ^ Weprin, Alex (October 20, 2011). "Political Analyst Alex Wagner to Host New NoonET Show on MSNBC". TV Newser. Retrieved October 21, 2011. 
  9. ^ Alvarez, Alex (October 21, 2011). "MSNBC Analyst Alex Wagner Developing Her Own Noontime Show On The Network". Mediaite. Retrieved October 21, 2011. 
  10. ^ Knox, Merrill (November 11, 2011). "‘Now With Alex Wagner’ Debuts Monday on MSNBC". TV Newser. Retrieved November 11, 2011. 
  11. ^ Byers, Dylan (June 9, 2012). "MSNBC's Alex Wagner breaks the old mold". Politico. 
  12. ^ "MSNBC's Alex Wagner: Get Rid Of Second Amendment". Real Clear Politics. November 6, 2011. Retrieved January 11, 2013. 
  13. ^ Real Clear Politics: "Fireworks: MSNBC's Alex Wagner vs. Ron Paul On Syria, Liberty, Anti-Semitism" September 5, 2013
  14. ^ Hareetz: "MSNBC host Alex Wagner: Fear of anti-Semitism charge inhibits 'robust discussion' about Israel" by Chemi Shalev March 15, 2013
  15. ^ Washington Post: "Sam Kass and Alex Wagner are engaged" September 27, 2013

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