Eleanor Clift Biography
Eleanor Clift is an American political reporter, author, and television pundit. She is a blogger for The Daily Beast and a contributor to MSNBC. She attended Hofstra University and Hunter College. Clift is a board member at the International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF).
Eleanor Clift Age
She was born as Eleanor Roeloffs on July 7, 1940 in Brooklyn, New York, United States of America. She is 78 years old as of 2018.
Eleanor Clift Family
She is the daughter of German immigrants from the island of Föhr in the North Sea. She grew up in the Jackson Heights neighborhood of Queens, where her parents used to run a deli in Sunnyside.
Eleanor Clift Husband
Clift has been married twice. She was first marriage to William Brooks Clift, Jr. from 1919–1986, the brother of the actor Montgomery Clift. They had three sons together: Woodbury Blair, Edward Montgomery, and Robert Anderson.
Her second marriage was to Tom Brazaitis, in September 1989. Her husband was a Washington columnist for The Plain Dealer in Cleveland, Ohio. They remained together until his death on 30 March 2005 due to kidney cancer.
Eleanor Clift Career
Clift began her broadcast career on The Diane Rehm Show on WAMU-FM, Washington, D.C., where she was a Friday week-in-review panelist. Clift became known to listeners for her good-natured acceptance of ribbing from other panelists and callers to the program.
As an actress, Clift has appeared in four movies; in Rising Sun (1993) as a talk show panel member, appeared as herself in Dave (1993), Getting Away with Murder (1996), and Independence Day (1996).
In 2009, she was portrayed by actress Mary Ann Burger in the 2009 film Watchmen. She was also portrayed by Jan Hooks on Saturday Night Live.
In 2012, she was a keynote speaker at the Washington & Jefferson College Energy Summit, where the Washington & Jefferson College Energy Index was unveiled.
Eleanor Clift Newsweek
She started her career as a secretary in 1963, at Newsweek, and is one of the first female reporters to earn an internship from the secretary pool.
She left Newsweek briefly in 1985, and went to serve as White House correspondent for The Los Angeles Times. She has covered every presidential campaign for the magazine since 1976, and was part of Newsweek’s special project team following the 1984, 2000, 2004 and 2008 elections, each of which resulted in a book.
She returned to Newsweek in 1986 to cover the Iran-Contra scandal, which embroiled President Reagan and tarnished his administration.
Eleanor Clift The Mclaughlin Group
Clift is a regular panelist on The McLaughlin Group, a nationally syndicated show which she has compared to “a televised food fight”.
Eleanor Clift Books
- War without bloodshed – 1996
- Madam President: Shattering the Last Glass Ceiling – 2000
- Founding Sisters and the Nineteenth Amendment – 2003
- Election 2004 – 2004
- Two Weeks of Life – 2008
- Selecting a President – 2012
Eleanor Clift Net Worth
Clift has an estimated net worth of $2.1 million which she has earned from her career as a reporter, author, and television pundit.
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