Margaret Talev is the Kramer Director of Syracuse University’s Institute for Democracy, Journalism & Citizenship in Washington DC, professor of practice in the Newhouse School of Public Communications and senior contributor at Axios.
She was previously Axios’ managing editor for politics and senior White House correspondent for Bloomberg News. She is a past president of the White House Correspondents’ Association and the Washington Press Club Foundation and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Her analysis is featured regularly on CNN, MSNBC, Sirius XM and NPR.
Talev has reported on American politics for three decades, covering Presidents Obama, Trump and Biden and the 2008, 2012, 2016 and 2020 campaigns. She has reported on Congress and Florida and California politics, including the 2003 recall election and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. She led a multi-year polling partnership tracking political and media polarization around COVID perceptions and behaviors. She lectures at Harvard’s Kennedy School and was a resident fellow at Harvard’s Institute of Politics.
She is a member of the Board of Visitors for the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland, her alma mater. Talev is Bulgarian American.