Clay Risen

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Visiting Fellow

Clay Risen is a reporter and editor for The New York Times. Over his 11 years with the paper, he has edited opinion articles, helped run 2020 presidential campaign coverage, written the On Politics newsletter, and, most recently, authored obituaries for everyone from scientists and historians to the bassist for ZZ Top. He is the author of several books on American history, including, most recently, The Crowded Hour: Theodore Roosevelt, the Rough Riders, and the Dawn of the American Century. Risen is currently writing a book about the Second Red Scare. A graduate of Georgetown University and the University of Chicago, he lives in Brooklyn with his wife and children.

Expertise: Democracy, Populism, & Domestic Politics, Media & Journalism, United States

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