Adam Nagourney '77 (economics) is the Los Angeles Bureau Chief of the New York Times, a former chief national political correspondent for the paper and an author. He's been with The Times since 1996. In addition to his regular articles, he contributes to The New York Times Magazine, the newspaper's dining and travel sections and its political blog, The Caucus. He is a regular guest on news talk shows, including the Charlie Rose show, where his political expertise shines. Prior to taking his position in Los Angeles, Adam was the Chief National Political Correspondent with The Times for eight years, , where he played such an enormous role that The Times chose to hire three reporters to fill his old job.
As a political analyst and author, Adam has reported on the presidential campaigns of Michael Dukakis, Bill Clinton, Bob Dole, George W. Bush and Barack Obama, as well as New York City and State politics. He has written numerous articles including profiles of the Reverend Al Sharpton; Ken Mehlman, chairman of the Republican National Committee from 2005 to 2007; Karl Rove, President Bush's chief political adviser; Andrew Cuomo, then Attorney General of New York; and Jerry Brown, Governor of California. He is the co-author of Out for Good, along with Dudley Clendinen, a former editorial writer for the New York Times, chronicling the rise of the modern gay rights movement in America.
He began as a reporter for the Purchase College student newspaper – which was, seriously, called The Load at the time-- and, after graduation, worked for the White Plains Reporter Dispatch before moving to New York Daily News, where he was named the newspaper's Albany Bureau Chief. He was later hired by USA Today to cover the Clinton campaign and was its White House bureau chief for the first year of the Clinton White House. He was appointed the Times's Los Angeles bureau chief in the summer of 2010.
Adam received the President's Award for Distinguished Alumni from Purchase College in 2007. He lives in Los Angeles with his partner, Benjamin M. Kushner, who graduated Purchase College in January 1980.