Mark Leibovich is the chief national correspondent for The New York Times Magazine, based in Washington, D.C. He is well-known for his substantive and revealing profiles of politicians and media figures. In 2011, The New Republic named him one of Washington’s “Most Powerful Least Famous” people whose “political writing is among the finest and most feared.” That same year, he received a National Magazine Award for his story on Politico’s Mike Allen and the changing media culture of Washington.
Leibovich’s latest book, This Town:Two Parties and a Funeral-Plus, Plenty of Valet Parking!-in America’s Gilded Capital, provides a detailed account of how Washington has been distorted by the explosion of money in politics, turning the city into a mecca for glitz, gold and greed. The book was an instant best-seller, exposing the pervasive narcissism of contemporary Washington’s ruling class, giving its readers a close-up look at how the nation’s capital really works.
Prior to joining The Times in 2006, Leibovich spent 9 years at The Washington Post covering technology and politics. He has also worked at The San Jose Mercury News and The Boston Phoenix, and is the author of The New Imperialists, a collection of profiles on technology pioneers.