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Mark Leibovich
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Mark Leibovich at the 2013 Texas Book Festival
Born (1965-05-09) May 9, 1965 (age 52)
Boston, Massachusetts
Occupation Journalist
Nationality American
Education University of Michigan
Genre non-fiction

Mark Leibovich (born May 9, 1965) is an American journalist and author. He is the chief national correspondent for The New York Times Magazine, based in Washington, D.C. He is known for his profiles on political and media figures. He also writes the Times magazine's "Your Fellow Americans" column about politics, media, and public life.[1]


Leibovich was previously a national political correspondent in the New York Times' Washington Bureau.[2] He came to the Times in 2006 from the Washington Post, where he spent nine years, first covering the national technology sector for the Post's business section, then serving as the lead political writer for the paper's style section. Leibovich previously worked at The San Jose Mercury News.[3]

He is also the author of This Town: Two Parties and a Funeral-Plus, Plenty of Valet Parking!-in America's Gilded Capital.[4] The book debuted at #1 on the New York Times non-fiction bestseller list in July 2013,[5] and remained on the Times best-seller list for 12 weeks.[6] Leibovich discussed "This Town" on “The Daily Show” with Jon Stewart,[7] ABC’s “This Week” with George Stephanopoulos,[8] Charlie Rose,[9] PBS’s Moyers and Company[10] and NPR’s “Weekend Edition".[11] He also appeared as a contestant on NPR’s “Wait, Wait Don’t Tell Me”.[12] In a February 2014 edition of Jeopardy!! This Town was the answer to a clue in a category titled “2013 Bestsellers”.[13]

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."[14] Fareed Zakaria as reviewer for Washington Post praises it as "hottest political book of the summer", containing " juicy anecdotes" and a tell-tale core of "corruption and dysfunction".[15] Richard McGregor of the Financial Times described Leibovich as “like a modern-day Balzac.”[16]

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."[17] The Economist said This Town “may be the most pitiless examination of America’s permanent political class that has ever been conducted.”[18]

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.”[19]

The book attracted controversy when an aide to Representative Darrell Issa was fired for sharing reporters’ e-mails with Leibovich without their knowledge.[20]

In addition to his political writing, Leibovich also authored The New Imperialists, a collection of profiles of technology pioneers.[21]

Citizens of the Green Room, an anthology of Leibovich’s profiles in the New York Times and Washington Post, will be published in November 2014[needs update] by Blue Rider Press[22]

Leibovich appears frequently as a guest on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, NPR’s On the Media, and other public affairs programs.[23]

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.[24] 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.[25] Washingtonian Magazine has called him the "reigning master of the political profile”[26] 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.”[27]

Personal life[edit]

Leibovich was born in Boston, Massachusetts on May 9, 1965 and attended Newton South High School and the University of Michigan.[28] He lives in Washington D.C. with his wife and three daughters.

His father is from Argentina. Leibovich is Jewish.[29]


  • Leibovich, Mark (2002). The New Imperialists. 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


  1. ^ Leibovich, Mark (June 17, 2014). "Rick Perry's 'Groundhog Day'". The New York Times. Retrieved July 11, 2014. 
  2. ^ O'Shea, Chris (June 19, 2012). "Mark Leibovich Joins New York Times Magazine". Fishbowl NY. Retrieved June 28, 2013. 
  3. ^ Jaffe, Harry (March 14, 2006). "Times DC Bureau Raids Washington Post; Leibovich Leaves, Two Others Staying". The Washingtonian. Retrieved June 28, 2013. 
  4. ^ 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. 
  5. ^ Halperin, Alex (July 27, 2013). "Mark Leibovich: "Washington is not a psychologically savvy city"". Salon. Retrieved October 7, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Best Sellers September 15, 2013". The New York Times. Retrieved October 7, 2013. 
  7. ^ Gupta, Prachi (July 30, 2013). "Must-see morning clip: Mark Leibovich talks D.C. culture on "The Daily Show"". Salon. Retrieved October 7, 2013. 
  8. ^ Bell, Benjamin (July 14, 2013). "'This Week' Web Extra: Mark Leibovich". ABC News. Retrieved October 7, 2013. 
  9. ^ 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. 
  10. ^ Moyers, Bill (August 23, 2013). "Mark Leibovich on Glitz and Greed in Washington". Moyers & Company. Retrieved October 8, 2013. 
  11. ^ NPR Staff (July 14, 2013). "'This Town' Takes Aim At The Washington Establishment". National Public Radio. Retrieved 8 October 2013. 
  12. ^ Sagal, Peter (September 13, 2013). "Not My Job: Writer Mark Leibovich Gets Quizzed On Louis XIV". National Public Radio. Retrieved October 8, 2013. 
  13. ^ J! Archive. "Show #6782 - Tuesday, February 25, 2014". J! Archive. Retrieved July 11, 2014. 
  14. ^ Allen, Mike &, Vandehei, Jim (April 25, 2013). "'This Town': A Washington takedown". Politico. Retrieved June 28, 2013. 
  15. ^ Fareed Zakaria (August 2, 2013). "The root of Washington's ills". Washington Post. Retrieved August 2, 2013. 
  16. ^ McGregor, Richard (July 12, 2013). "Washington's Most Likely". Financial Times. Retrieved July 11, 2014. 
  17. ^ Buckley, Christopher (July 25, 2013). "A Confederacy of Lunches". The New York Times. Retrieved 8 October 2013. 
  18. ^ Economist Writers (August 24, 2013). "Something rotten". The Economist. Retrieved October 8, 2013. 
  19. ^ Caitlin, Emma (May 4, 2014). "Leibovich: WHCD an 'abomination'". Politico. Retrieved July 14, 2014. 
  20. ^ Kane, Paul (March 1, 2011). "Rep. Darrell Issa fires trusted aide Bardella". Washington Post. Retrieved July 1, 2013. 
  21. ^ Leibovich, Mark (2002). The New Imperialists. New Jersey: Prentice Hall Press. ISBN 978-0735203174. 
  22. ^ Leibovich, Mark (November 11, 2014). Citizens of the Green Room: Profiles in Courage and Self-Delusion. New York: Blue Rider Press. ISBN 0399171924. 
  23. ^ Penguin. "Mark Leibovich's This Town Promoted on D.C. "Bus King" in Advance of the White House Correspondents Dinner". Penguin. Retrieved July 15, 2014. 
  24. ^ 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. 
  25. ^ Editors (October 12, 2011). "Washington's Most Powerful, Least Famous People". The New Republic. Retrieved July 2, 2013. 
  26. ^ Graff, Garrett (June 19, 2012). "Mark Leibovich to Stay at the "New York Times"". The Washingtonian. Retrieved July 2, 2013. 
  27. ^ Goldberg, Jeffrey (April 22, 2010). "Leibovich on Mike Allen, and What Makes a Powerful Washington Journalist". The Atlantic. Retrieved July 2, 2013. 
  28. ^ Lewis And Clark University. "Mark Leibovich: Chief National Correspondent, The New York Times Magazine". Lewis and Clark. Retrieved June 28, 2013. 
  29. ^ Guttman, Nathan (August 9, 2013). "Mark Leibovich Channels Jewish Outsider Status for Beltway Bestseller 'This Town'". Jewish Daily Forward. Retrieved October 24, 2016. 

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