Wagner in December 2011
|Born||Alexandra Swe Wagner
(1977-11-27) November 27, 1977
Washington, D.C., U.S.
|Residence||Dumbo, Brooklyn, New York|
|Alma mater||Brown University|
|Occupation||Television show host, writer|
|Spouse(s)||Sam Kass (m. 2014)|
|Parent(s)||Tin Swe Thant
|Website||MSNBC: Now With Alex Wagner|
Alexandra Swe Wagner (born November 27, 1977) is an American journalist and author. She is the co-host of The Circus on Showtime and the author of FutureFace: A Family Mystery, an Epic Quest, and the Secret to Belonging (One World/Random House). She is also a contributor for CBS News and a contributing editor at The Atlantic. Previously, she was the anchor of the daytime program Now with Alex Wagner (2011-2015) on MSNBC. From November 2016 until March 2018, she was a TV co-anchor on CBS This Morning Saturday. She has also been a senior editor at The Atlantic magazine since April 2016.
Early life and education
Alex Wagner was born and raised in Washington, D.C. Her mother, Tin Swe Thant, is an immigrant from Rangoon, Myanmar (Burma), who became a naturalized U.S. citizen before attending Swarthmore College. Her father, Carl Wagner, from Lansing, Iowa, was of Luxembourgish and Irish descent. He was a prominent Democratic Party political consultant who co-chaired Bill Clinton’s presidential campaign. She attended Woodrow Wilson High School and graduated from Brown University in 1999, having studied art history and literature. Wagner was raised Roman Catholic.
Wagner has worked as the cultural correspondent for the Center for American Progress. From 2003 to 2007, she was editor-in-chief of The Fader magazine, covering music and cultural movements from around the world. She also served as executive director of Not On Our Watch Project, an advocacy organization focused on mass atrocities and human rights violations.
On November 14, 2011, Wagner began hosting Now with Alex Wagner weekdays (originally at noon ET, but later at 4 PM ET). On July 30, 2015, MSNBC President Phil Griffin announced that the series had been cancelled in an effort to transition the network’s daytime programming to more breaking news reporting and less political commentary and opinion. The next day the program aired its final episode. MSNBC later announced that Wagner would host a weekend program, but those plans were later abandoned.
On April 26, 2016, The Atlantic announced that Wagner was leaving MSNBC to join the magazine as a senior editor. In addition to writing for The Atlantic, Wagner would moderate events with AtlanticLIVE and help with developing video and TV projects with The Atlantic Studios.
In November 2016, Wagner replaced Vinita Nair on CBS This Morning Saturday. March 17, 2018 was her last appearance on CBS This Morning Saturday as she confirmed she would be leaving that show to co-host The Circus for Showtime, replacing Mark Halperin. She remains a correspondent for CBS News.
She has described herself as progressive. On matters involving Israel, she believes that there is an element of “trepidation that inhibits a robust discussion about Israel in the American media” due to fears of being falsely slurred as an anti-Semite.
On August 30, 2014, Wagner married former White House nutrition policy advisor and assistant chef Sam Kass in a ceremony held at Blue Hill at Stone Barns, a restaurant in Pocantico Hills, New York. The wedding was attended by then U.S. President Barack Obama and his family, as Kass is a family friend of the former president. In 2017, Wagner gave birth to their son, Cy.
In April 2018 Futureface, her book about her Burmese-American ancestry was published.[18