Greg Sargent is an American political journalist, blogger, and author. Writing from a liberal perspective, he currently runs “The Plum Line” opinion blog for the Washington Post.
Personal Life, Parents and Family Details :
- Greg Sargent was born in the 1960s. Private about his family life, in a rare personal blog post from 2010, he revealed that his father had passed away “earlier [that] decade.”
- In another post, he recounts where he was when the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center occurred; driving through Brooklyn to visit his grandmother when he witnessed the tragic event in his rearview mirror!
- Since 1994, Greg has been married to his wife, Rachel Waugh. Rachel is an English lecturer at Maryland University.
- The couple have two children – A son named Robbie (born in 2001) and a daughter named Daisy, born ten years later in 2011.
Early Life and Education :
- Growing up in the west side of Manhattan near Greenwich Village helped shape his views. A supporter of gay rights before they were written into legislation, he witnessed LGBT people being physically and verbally abused on a regular basis when he was a child.
- In the 1970s, Greg regularly visited Yankee Stadium with his dad. After one game — during which his dad caught a foul ball — they stood outside the park and collected several Yankees signatures. Not realizing the value of the ball at the time, Greg played with the ball outside, scuffing off all the signatures.
- Staying close to home, he attended Hunter College in upper Manhattan. He graduated in 1991 with a Bachelor’s degree in English.
Career, Job, Salary and Net Worth :
- Straight out of college, Greg completed an internship at the Village Voice — the first alternative newsweekly in the country. He then landed his first journalism job, working as a reporter for the Downtown Express out of Manhattan.
- In the early 2000s, Greg wrote and reported for the New York Observer, focusing specifically on city politics.
- He then served a short stint in 2004 as a political columnist for the New York Magazine, before the column was shut down.
- Disappointed at the time of the cancelation, Greg now recognizes it allowed him the chance to explore the world of blogging. He started a media and politics blog called, The Horse’s Mouth, hosted by The American Prospect website.
- Shortly thereafter, he was recruited by Talking Points Memo to run one of their sites.
- In 2010, Sargent joined the Washington Post to run her liberal political blog, The Plum Line. Openly critical of former President Trump, his work has been featured in The Huffington Post, and on WNYC Radio and C-SPAN.
- Building on his success in the field, Greg released his first book An Uncivil War: Taking Back Democracy in an Age of Trumpian Disinformation and Thundering Politics in October 2018.
Fun Facts, Height and Trivia :
- As a teenager, Greg worked as a foot messenger in New York City.
- Passionate for literature, he follows Shakespeare, Orwell and Dickens accounts on Twitter (now called X). Sharing his passion, his wife used to work as an assistant editor for Scholastic.