Ryan Lizza Bio, Age, Wife, Esquire, The New Yorker, CNN, Awards, Twitter

Ryan Lizza Biography

Ryan Lizza (Ryan Christopher Lizza) is a CNN political analyst and a chief political correspondent for Esquire. 

He previously worked for The New Yorker magazine as a Washington correspondent, where he covered the White House and presidential politics and wrote the magazine’s popular “Letter From Washington” column. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of California, Berkeley that he received in 1997.

Ryan Lizza Age

Ryan was born on July 12, 1974, in Dix Hills, New York, United States. He is 44 years old as of 2018.

Ryan Lizza Family

Ryan is the son of Frank Lizza Sr. and Barbara Lizza of Dix Hills, New York. His father owns and is the president of Twin County Recycling in Hicksville, New York.

Ryan Lizza Wife

On June 20, 2004, he married Dr. Christina Irene Gillespie, a family physician by profession. Their wedding took place at the St. Regis Hotel in Washington. The couple first met at the University of California, Berkeley., where they both graduated from.

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Ryan Lizza’s Photo

Dr. Christina is the daughter of Dr. Ann Gillespie of Middletown, R.I. who used to teach math at Marymount High School in L.A. and Dr. John Gillespie, a professor of population genetics at the University of California, Davis. She also has a stepfather, Dr. Peter Herne, the managing director of Halcyon Advisers, in Moscow.

The couple later separated in 2015 and have no children together.

Ryan Lizza Journalism Career

Ryan Lizza began his journalism career in Francisco at the Center for Investigative Reporting. Here he worked on the Emmy Award-winning Frontline documentary, Hot Guns. He then joined The New Republic in 1998, where he became a Senior Editor. While there, between 1998 to 2007, Ryan covered Bill Clinton’s impeachment, the Florida recount, the Bush White House, and the 2004 presidential election.

In 2004, he delved into politics writing for The Atlantic, including one of the first national magazine profiles of former U.S. president Barack Obama. Lizza was a contributing editor for New York magazine, from 2004 to 2006 where he wrote about national politics. He was also a correspondent for GQ in 2006 and 2007. From 2002 to 2007, Lizza was a regular contributor to The New York Times.

Ryan Lizza The New Yorker

Lizza worked for The New Yorker and in 2008, he covered the U.S presidential election and wrote an extended profile of Barack Obama’s career in Illinois politics. The article was nominated for a National Magazine Award in 2009. In July 2017, Lizza made a report on his conversation with White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci which led to Scaramucci’s dismissal from his post.

The Washingtonian magazine had Lizza included on Washington’s “50 Top Journalists” list in June 2009. He was described as a writer who “change(s) the way readers see the world.”

Lizza’s reputation with The New Yorker was destroyed when the magazine cut ties with him on December 11, 2017. The reason being he engaged in “what they believe is improper sexual conduct”. CNN also suspended him from appearing on air pending further investigation. Six weeks later, after the investigation, he was reinstated as they found “no reason to keep him off the air”.

Ryan Lizza Esquire

After being fired by the New Yorker in December 2017 due to improper sexual conduct allegations, he got himself a new job at Esquire magazine. Esquire’s editor-in-chief Jay Fielden announced that he was hiring Ryan Lizza as the magazine’s chief political correspondent as of June 7, 2018.

Ryan Lizza Awards and Achievements

  • 2008: finalist at the National Magazine Award presentation.
  • 2009: he was on Washington’s 50 Top Journalists list by the Washingtonian magazine.
  • Nomination for his excellent reporting on former President, Barack Obama.
  • He made it to the National Press Foundation Dirksen Award for Distinguished Reporting of Congress, Honorable Mention, after his 2010 article on President Obama’s efforts to have climate laws passed.
  • He also received The Toner Prize for Excellence in Political Reporting, Honorable Mention for the same article.
  • The Hood Award for Diplomatic Correspondence presented to Lizza by The National Press Club after Ex-President Obama’s foreign policy featured in Ryan’s article, The Consequentialist.
  • He received the Aldo Beckman Memorial Award from the White House Correspondents’ Association on April 27, 2013, for journalistic excellence for his coverage of the Obama presidency.

Ryan Lizza Twitter

Ryan Lizza Interview

So when Obama comes in, you know, you’ve gone through this period of time that the Bush administration had given up on the relationship with the Russians and Putin. But Obama comes in, and they have this reset. It’s sort of this idea, very idealistic idea, possibly naïve, about moving forward, that Putin is no longer president. What’s going on, and why does that go south quickly?

Well, I think there’s some optimism with Obama that he can solve all of these tricky international problems in a way that Bush couldn’t, because Bush was this, you know, hawkish Texas bumpkin that alienated so many of our allies around the world, especially after the Iraq War, where there was obviously a big difference of opinion between Russia and the United States on that; that at the U.N. Security Council, you know, Russia had continued to play a very adversarial role, blocking Bush-era objectives. Obama came in and thought, well, this is another relationship that was probably a victim of the neoconservative foreign policy, so let’s take a look at it, and let’s repair it.

He overstated how much of the problem in the U.S.-Russia relationship was about Bush and Cheney and their aggressive foreign policy and how much of it was just structural, long-term differences between how Russia and the United States saw the post-Cold War world. But every new administration takes a look at adversarial relationships and thinks that they can fix them anew.

How quickly does it go south, leading up to [Russian Ambassador Sergey] Kislyak’s statements by 2015?

Well, what really makes it go south is Russia’s meddling in Ukraine and Eastern Europe, right. After Ukraine, after Crimea, the relationship falls apart. And by 2015, Kislyak has said this publicly. By 2015, the Russians were looking beyond the Obama administration. There was no chance for a rapprochement in the last two years of the Obama administration. And Kislyak, being a very smart and gifted ambassador in Washington, understanding American politics as an ambassador is supposed to do, he starts looking to the future, to the post-Obama, perhaps post-Clinton future, and trying to see who might be on the horizon.

The animosity to Clinton, just give us a little background on that.

Well, the animosity to Hillary Clinton is largely about the color revolutions in Eastern Europe, and it’s about when she was secretary of state, U.S. support for these pro-democracy movements that Putin opposed. To Putin, Hillary was trying to interfere in Russia’s space in Eastern Europe. It’s partly about that. It’s partly about NATO expansion in Europe. And he believes that Hillary was pushing and supporting—the United States was supporting movements that were a threat to Russian interests. And if you’re Putin, an insecure autocrat who is looking at neighboring countries that are being swept up in these populist democratic revolutions, he has to always fear that something like that could sweep through Russia itself. So to him, Hillary was threatening his rule in Russia at the end of the day.

To the extent?

As you know, from the intelligence community’s reports, this was a core reason that Putin despised Hillary. The intelligence community’s report, at least the unclassified version, suggested it was personal with Hillary Clinton. It wasn’t just that American foreign policy was at odds with Russia on several issues; it was that this person in particular, Hillary Clinton, took actions that threatened Putin’s rule.

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