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Adam Nagourney ’77

Author and reporter Adam Nagourney (Economics) covers national politics and the 2020 election for the New York Times.

Since 2010 until recently, Nagourney was the Los Angeles Bureau Chief of the New York Times. He was a former chief national political correspondent for the paper. 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 where his political expertise shines. Prior to taking his position in Los Angeles, Nagourney was the Chief National Political Correspondent with the Times for eight years, where he played such an enormous role that the paper chose to hire three reporters to fill his old job.

As a political analyst and author, Nagourney 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.

Nagourney received the President’s Award for Distinguished Alumni from Purchase College in 2007.