Matt Bai

Matt Bai

Matt Bai became the national political columnist for Yahoo News in December 2013. Before that, he was the chief political correspondent for the New York Times Magazine, where he covered three presidential campaigns, and a columnist for the Times

Bai’s second book, All the Truth is Out: The Week Politics Went Tabloid, will be published by Alfred A. Knopf in October 2014.  His first book, The Argument: Billionaires, Bloggers and the Battle to Remake Democratic Politics, was a New York Times Notable Book for 2007. He also contributed a personal essay to the anthology I Married My Mother-in-Law: And Other Tales of In-Laws We Can’t Live With—And Can’t Live Without, published by Riverhead Books in 2006. 

Bai, 45, often explores issues of generational change in American politics and society. His notable stories for the magazine included a 10,000-word cover piece titled “Who Killed the Debt Deal?” in 2012 and the 2008 cover essay titled “Is Obama the End of Black Politics?” His work has twice been honored in The Best American Political Writing. He has appeared frequently on such programs as “Meet the Press” and “This Week with George Stephanopoulos.” In 2013, he played himself in a recurring role on the second season of the Netflix drama “House of Cards.” (He’s still waiting for his Emmy.)

Bai is also a screenwriter and is currently at work, with his co-writer Jay Carson, on a limited series for FX on the disappearance of Chandra Levy, a Washington intern, in 2001. The series is being produced by Sony and directed by the legendary filmmaker Lawrence Kasdan.

Bai spent part of 2013 in residence at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars in Washington, where he was a public policy scholar. He has also been a fellow at Harvard’s Institute of Politics at the Kennedy School of Government. He serves on the board of the Jonathan M. Tisch College for Citizenship and Public Service at Tufts.

Before joining the Times Magazine in 2002, Bai spent five years as a national correspondent for Newsweek. He began his journalism career as a city desk reporter for the Boston Globe, and his international experience includes coverage from Iraq and Liberia. He spent three years in his early twenties as a speechwriter for UNICEF, where he worked with Audrey Hepburn during the last year of her life.

Bai is a graduate of Tufts and Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism, where the faculty awarded him the Pulitzer Traveling Fellowship. 

A native of Trumbull, Connecticut, he now lives with his wife and two children in Bethesda, Maryland. You can follow him on Twitter at @mattbai.

[Updated May 2014]