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.
Leibovich was previously a national political correspondent in the New York Times' Washington Bureau. 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.
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."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".Richard McGregor of the Financial Times described Leibovich as “like a modern-day Balzac.”
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."The Economist said This Town “may be the most pitiless examination of America’s permanent political class that has ever been conducted.”
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.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.Washingtonian Magazine has called him the "reigning master of the political profile” 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.”
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