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Gabe Fleisher '20

May 16, 2019

Gabe Fleisher '20 was mentioned by several news organizations, including The New Yorker on 05.20.19, after scooping them on New York Mayor Bill de Blasio's announcement of his presidential run. "Since 2011, when he was nine, [Gabe Fleisher has] written a newsletter called Wake Up to Politics, which has around fifty thousand subscribers," The New Yorker wrote. "'I’m in St. Louis, which creates some barriers,' he said, 'but anytime the story comes to me I’m always there.' (He looks up to the Times’ Maggie Haberman, another political journalist who lives outside D.C.) Fleisher has covered Donald Trump, Joe Biden, Mike Pence, Jeff Sessions, Bernie Sanders, and both Clintons during their visits to St. Louis. In March, he interviewed Nancy Pelosi. “A lot of the time at these events, I’m one of the few reporters who’s there, and so I’ve been able to set the scene, and offer really rich reporting,” he said. In 2016, when Jill Stein held a campaign event in St. Louis, Fleisher was one of two journalists who showed up. He published a long, exclusive interview with her. He was fourteen. Last Wednesday, after the A.P. exam, Fleisher stumbled upon a Facebook event posted by the Woodbury County Democratic Party, in Iowa: 'Join Mayor of New York City, Bill di Blasio [sic] on Friday, May 17 at 7:00 pm at 310 Virginia Street. (Next to Jitters.) Sioux City is his first stop on his Presidential announcement tour.' 'He hadn’t yet announced a Presidential campaign, so that definitely rang some alarm bells for me,'  Fleisher said. 'I reached out to both the county Party in Iowa and the de Blasio campaign to try and get confirmation of his Presidential bid.' When Fleisher posted a screenshot of the event notice on Twitter, retweets began to roll in, and media outlets picked up the story. The county Party deleted the event, misspelled name and all. The de Blasio campaign had given news organizations a heads-up about the Mayor’s Iowa travels, but the information was under a press embargo. Within an hour of Fleisher’s scoop, news outlets broke the embargo and confirmed that de Blasio would formally announce his bid the next day." Read the story in its entirety here

See also: 
The Washington Post, 05.16.19
New York Magazine, 05.16.19
Politico.com, 05.16.19
ABC News, 05.16.19
STLtoday.com, 05.22.19
Teen Vogue, 05.30.19