Mike Allen ’86 and Journalism’s Brave New World

Mike Allen

Mike Allen

Anyone who was on the Washington and Lee campus in the mid-1980s can’t be surprised about the career path being followed by Mike Allen, Class of 1986. Currently chief political reporter for Politico, Mike is renowned in political journalism circles for the workaholic habits that began in his days with the Ring-tum Phi. In the current issue of New Republic, Gabriel Sherman has a feature story about Politico, which he characterizes as “the brave new world of post-print journalism,” and he spends several paragraphs describing Mike’s reputation for “marathon work hours.” But if anyone is suited to the new media model, it’s Mike. That’s why his daily blog, Mike Allen’s Playbook, is a must read; he was born to blog. And it’s also no surprise that Mike has now embraced the latest craze by wholeheartedly adopting Twitter. Join up as a follower of Mike’s Tweets, and you’ll be bombarded with some pretty fascinating political news. At any rate, The New Republic story apparently prompted a pointed exchange between Mike and New York Times editor Bill Keller that is reported on the Columbia Journalism Review’s Web site.



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