Most recently, Wagner was a reporter with Huffington Post, where she covered innovation in the American economy, investigating the intersection of business, politics, and new technology. Prior to this, Wagner served as the White House correspondent for Politics Daily, where she chronicled a number of international and domestic affairs ranging from the BP oil spill to the Egyptian revolution.
Wagner was the executive director of Not On Our Watch, an advocacy and grant-making non-profit founded by actors George Clooney, Matt Damon, Brad Pitt, and Don Cheadle, from 2007 to 2009. With the goal of stopping and preventing mass atrocities, Wagner traveled to troubled hotspots including Burma, Sudan, and Zimbabwe.
From 2004 to 2007, she was the editor in chief of the Fader magazine, covering cultural movements around the globe from Brazil to China to South Africa. Prior to this, she served as the cultural correspondent for the Washington, D.C.-based think tank Center for American Progress.
Wagner has been widely praised for her thoughtful analysis, easy-going format, and ability to fairly moderate political discussions. Politico lauded her style of handling pundits, noting that “her ability to facilitate—rather than dominate—the conversation is what makes it feel genuine and organic.” Mediaite deemed Wagner’s show “provocative and informative,” and Capitol File Magazine called her “the newest reason to tune into MSNBC.” Wagner has also been profiled by Glamour, Elle, and Details, who called her one of the new political pundits to watch.
Wagner is a native of Washington, D.C. and attended Brown University.
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