||This biography of a living person needs additional citations for verification. (September 2009)|
Chris Cillizza at Miller Center, 2012
|Born||Christopher Michael Cillizza
February 20, 1976
Marlborough, Connecticut, U.S.
|Status||Married; 2 children|
|Education||Georgetown University, B.A., 1998|
|Occupation||Journalist and Political pundit|
|Employer||Washington Post, MSNBC|
Christopher Michael "Chris" Cillizza (//; born February 20, 1976) is an American political reporter for the Washington Post. He writes The Fix, a daily political weblog for the Post website. He is a regular contributor to the Post on political issues, and is an MSNBC political analyst. Cillizza is also a regular co-host on The Tony Kornheiser Show.
Life and career
Cillizza was born in Marlborough, Connecticut of Sicilian and Irish descent. Cillizza attended the Loomis Chaffee prep school and graduated in 1994. He is a Class of 1998 alumnus of Georgetown University. He was born and raised in Marlborough, Connecticut and currently resides in Falls Church, Virginia with his wife and two children.
He began his career at The Cook Political Report and, later, Roll Call prior to joining The Washington Post. For the Cook Report he covered gubernatorial races and southern House races. He wrote a column on politics for Congress Daily. During his four years at Roll Call, which he joined in June 2001, he reported on campaign politics from the presidential to the congressional level, finishing his time at Roll Call as the paper's White House correspondent. His freelance work has appeared in a variety of publications including the Atlantic Monthly, Washingtonian, and Slate. He has also been a guest on CNN, Fox News Channel and MSNBC. In 2012, Cillizza served as an unofficial lead in co-host on MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell Reports.
"The Fix" blog began at the Washington Post in October 2005, and includes a weekly "Friday Line" section where the ten closest electoral races of an electoral cycle – as judged by Cillizza – are profiled and analyzed. The blog's focus is American electoral politics, with Cillizza commenting on gubernatorial, Congressional and presidential elections. Cillizza's contributions on "The Fix" are his opinions, not straight reporting or journalism, and very different from his prior work at the Cook Political Report and Roll Call. After multiple guest appearances on the network, he was recently named an MSNBC Political Analyst.
In 2007–08, Cillizza was a co-host of the MySpace/MTV Presidential Dialogues, which hosted John McCain, Barack Obama, and others in the groundbreaking live-streamed, interactive Presidential event series. Cillizza and Dana Milbank appeared in a series of humor videos called Mouthpiece Theater, which appeared on the website of The Washington Post. An outcry followed a video in which, during a discussion of the White House "Beer Summit", they chose new brands for a number of people, including "Mad Bitch Beer" for Hillary Rodham Clinton. Both men apologized for the video and the series was canceled.
Cillizza is also the author of The Gospel According to the Fix: An Insider's Guide to a Less than Holy World of Politics, which journalist Chuck Todd described as "a great read and guide for both amateur and professional political junkies alike."
- Profile, washingtonpost.com; accessed March 15, 2014.
- "About Chris Cilizza" (biosketch), The Washington Post; retrieved September 11, 2011.
- Howard Kurtz, "Post's Video 'Theater' Ends Its Run: Hosts Apologize for Off-Color Clinton Joke", washingtonpost.com, August 6, 2009; accessed March 15, 2014.