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Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Alexandra Swe

Alexandra Swe

Wagner in December 2011
Born Alexandra Swe Wagner
December 4, 1977 (age 36)
Washington, DC
Residence Dumbo, Brooklyn
Nationality American
Ethnicity Burmese mother
German and Irish father
Alma mater Brown University
Occupation Television journalist
Spouse(s) Sam Kass (m. 2014)
Parents Tin Swe Thant
Carl Wagner

Alexandra Swe "Alex" Wagner (born December 4, 1977) is an American television host and liberal political commentator. She is the anchor of the daytime program Now with Alex Wagner on MSNBC.

Early life and education

Alex Wagner was born and raised in Washington, D.C. Her mother, Tin Swe Thant, a U.S. immigrant from Rangoon, Myanmar, is also American, through marriage. Her father, Carl Wagner, is from Iowa, of German and Irish descent, and is a prominent Democratic Party political consultant who co-chaired Bill Clinton’s presidential campaign. She attended Woodrow Wilson High School, and graduated from Brown University in 1999 in Art History and Literature. Wagner was raised Roman Catholic.


Wagner has worked as the cultural correspondent for the Center for American Progress From 2003 to 2007, she was editor-in-chief of The Fader magazine, covering music and cultural movements from around the world. She also served as executive director of Not On Our Watch Project, an advocacy organization focused on mass atrocities and human rights violations.

Wagner then became the White House correspondent for Politics Daily, a political news magazine under AOL News. She moved to The Huffington Post after it was acquired by AOL.

As an analyst on MSNBC, Wagner appeared on Countdown with Keith Olbermann and The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell.

Since November 14, 2011 Wagner has hosted Now with Alex Wagner weekdays (originally at noon (ET), a time slot previously hosted by Contessa Brewer, but now at 4 PM (ET)).

Political views

She has described herself as progressive and believes that the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution should be repealed. On matters involving Israel, she believes that there is an element of “trepidation that inhibits a robust discussion about Israel in the American media" due to fears of being labeled an anti-Semite.

Personal life

On August 30, 2014, Wagner married White House chef Sam Kass in a ceremony held at Blue Hill at Stone Barns, a restaurant in Pocantico Hills, New York. The wedding was attended by President Obama and his family, as Kass is considered a family friend.

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