Mark Leibovich on Political Culture and the NFL


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John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum
Mark Leibovich

Mark Leibovich
Chief National Correspondent, The New York Times Magazine
Author, “Big Game: The NFL in Dangerous Times”

Leah Wright Rigueur
Assistant Professor of Public Policy, HKS

Chris Robichaud
Senior Lecturer in Ethics and Public Policy, HKS

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Mark Leibovich is the chief national correspondent for The New York Times Magazine. Based in Washington, he specializes in national politics, media and profiles of figures in public life. Before joining the magazine, he was a political correspondent in The Times’s Washington bureau, where he covered, among other things, the presidential campaigns of 2008 and 2012, the Obama presidency and the so-called swamp of Washington. He is the recipient of the of the National Magazine Award for profile writing.

He came to The Times in 2006 after 10 years at The Washington Post and three at The San Jose Mercury News. He is also a contributing political analyst for CBS.

Mr. Leibovich is the author of three books, including “This Town: Two Parties and a Funeral -- Plus Plenty of Valet Parking! -- in America's Gilded Capital.” The book debuted at No. 1 on The Times’s nonfiction best-seller list in July 2013, and remained on the list for 12 weeks. 

Mr. Leibovich was born in Boston, raised in the suburbs and attended the University of Michigan. He lives in Washington.