Who is Alex Wagner?
Alexandra Swe ‘Alex’ Wagner was born in Washington D.C., USA, on 27 November 1977 – her zodiac sign is Sagittarius, and she holds American nationality. She’s a journalist and author, who has worked with some of the most popular TV networks in the US, including MSNBC and CBS, while she’s perhaps known best for co-hosting the documentary show “The Circus”, which airs on the premium TV network Showtime.
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Early life and education
Alex was raised in Washington D.C. by her father Carl Wagner who is of Irish and Luxembourgish descent and was a political consultant for the Democratic Party during Bill Clinton’s presidential campaign, and her mother Tin Swe Thant, who’s an immigrant from Yangon, Myanmar, and who received American citizenship when she was 17 years old.
Alex became interested in journalism and politics mostly because of her father, as she enjoyed listening to him talk about his work. She studied at Woodrow Wilson High School, and her father encouraged her to focus on her education, so that she could eventually pursue a college degree. Alex was interested in many activities while attending Woodrow Wilson, including running track, acting, and contributing to the school’s sports newspaper.
Upon matriculating in 1995, she enrolled at Brown University, from which she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in 1999.
Career as a journalist
Following graduation, Alex joined the public policy research and advocacy company Center for American Progress, and in 2003 the New York City magazine “The Fader”, which covers music, culture and style, working as their editor-in-chief for four years, mostly focusing on covering cultural movements and music from around the world.
During those years, Alex was also the executive director of the non-governmental international humanitarian aid organization Not on Our Watch.
She gained recognition when she was hired by the political news magazine “Politics Daily” as their White House correspondent, and in 2011, after the web portal and online service company AOL purchased the news aggregator and blog The Huffington Post (HuffPo), Alex was hired to work for HuffPo.
She began working for MSNBC as their analyst at around the same time, and could have been seen featured in their shows “The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell” and “Countdown with Keith Olbermann”.
Alex was given her own weekdays show “Now with Alex Wagner” on 14 November 2011, and hosted it for the following four years, when the president of MSNBC Phil Griffin revealed that the show would be cancelled, in the network’s effort to transition from daytime programming to reporting breaking news. They also suggested that Alex would be given another show to host on weekends, but this failed to happen.
On 26 April 2016, Alex quit MSNBC when she was offered the position of a senior editor at the American magazine “The Atlantic”; rather than just writing for the magazine, Alex also moderated events with The Atlantic Studios and AtlanticLIVE, and helped develop their TV and video projects.
She became the host of the show “CBS This Morning Saturday” in November 2016, replacing the American journalist Vinita Chandra Nair who had left the network to join NBC, and Alex’s final appearance on “CBS This Morning Saturday” was on 17 March 2018; she quit so that she could co-host “The Circus”, which she’s still hosting today.
In 2020, Alex co-hosted a podcast about the coronavirus, together with Cadence13 and Crooked Media, and in March 2021, she was a fill-in host on the MSNBC show “Deadline: White House”.
Most recently, in February 2022, Alex was a fill-in host on the MSNBC “The Rachel Maddow Show”.
Alex seems to enjoy the attention which she’s receiving from her more than 20,000 Instagram followers; she’s uploaded nearly 300 pictures onto the network, most of which feature her during her everyday life.
She launched her Twitter account in July 2009, and it’s today followed by nearly 300,000 people, while Alex has tweeted more than 10,000 times, mostly sharing the news with her fans.
She has a Facebook profile, but apparently uses it just to keep in touch with her closest friends and family members.
Alex doesn’t have her own TikTok account, but many videos featuring her have been uploaded by other users, and these have been watched over a million times.
Love life and husband
Alex is quite open when it comes to sharing the details of her love life with her fans, and it’s widely known that she’s today a married woman. She exchanged vows with Sam Kass on 30 August 2014, in a large ceremony organized at the restaurant Blue Hill at Stone Barns in Pocantico Hills, New York State; the then US President Barrack Obama attended the wedding with his family, as Sam is friends with the now-former president.
Sam is an American political advisor, news personality and chef, who’s probably known best for having worked at the White House as an assistant chef and nutrition policy advisor.
In 2017, Alex gave birth to their son Cyrus, while their second son Rafael followed on 16 April 2019.
As of March 2022, Alex is married to Sam Kass, and they have two sons together.
Hobbies and interesting facts
Alex has travelled all around the US for both work and pleasure, and has also vacationed in a couple of European countries, including England, France and Spain.
She’s into reading books, and her favorite author is Agatha Christie, while her favorite book is “The Mystery of the Blue Train”. Alex is also a bit of an author herself, having published her first and so far only book “Futureface” in April 2018, about her Burmese-American ancestry.
She’s a philanthropist, and she and her husband have attended a couple of fundraisers, while they’ve also donated money to both animal shelters and charity organizations working with underprivileged children.
Alex enjoys watching movies in the evenings – her favorite actor is Johnny Depp, while her favorite movies include the franchise “Pirates of the Caribbean”, “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape”, and “Rango”.
Age, height and net worth
Alex’s age is 44. She has medium long brown hair and brown eyes, her height is 5ft 5ins (1.65m) and she weighs around 120lbs (60kgs).
As of March 2022, Alex’s net worth is estimated at more than $3 million.