Eleanor Clift

Eleanor Clift

McLaughlin Group panelist and Daily Beast writer

     
   
   
   
 
     
     
   
   
   
 
     
Eleanor Clift is a Washington correspondent for the Daily Beast, an online publication where she covers the White House and writes about politics and culture. She previously worked for Newsweek, where she covered a variety of beats and was a key member of the magazine’s 1992 election team, following the campaign of Bill Clinton from its start to Inauguration Day. In June 1992 she was named Deputy Washington Bureau Chief.

After Newsweek merged with the Daily Beast under the editorial direction of the legendary editor, Tina Brown, Clift wrote for both publications. Her cover story about the television show, Mad Men, won acclaim for capturing the era when women were relegated to the secretarial pool in a workplace where everyone smoked. When the Daily Beast sold Newsweek, Clift chose to stay with the Beast, betting on its digital future as opposed to the rapidly diminishing world of print journalism.

As a reporter in Newsweek’s Atlanta bureau, Clift covered Jimmy Carter's bid for the presidency. She followed Carter to Washington to become Newsweek’s White House correspondent, a position she held until 1985. Clift began her career as a secretary to Newsweek’s National Affairs editor in New York. She was one of the first women at the magazine to move from secretary to reporter

Clift is a regular panelist on the syndicated talk show, "The McLaughlin Group," and appears on MSNBC’s Steve Kornacki show. She has appeared as herself in several movies, including “Dave,” “Independence Day,” “Murder at 1600,” and the CBS show, “Murphy Brown.” She has authored or co-authored several books, including “Selecting a President, Founding Sisters and the 19th Amendment, Two Weeks of Life: A Memoir of Love, Death and Politics, Madam President: Blazing the Leadership Trail, and War Without Bloodshed: The Art of Politics.

Clift is on the board of the American News Women’s Club, The Washington Center for Politics and Journalism, and the board of governors of the National Hospice Foundation. She lives in Washington, D.C.

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