Tommy Vietor Biography
Thomas Frederick “Tommy” Vietor IV is an American political commentator and podcaster. He is a former spokesperson for President Obama and United States National Security Council from 2011 to 2013. Vietor is a founder of Crooked Media and currently hosts the podcasts Pod Save America and Pod Save the World.
Tommy Vietor Age
Thomas Frederick Vietor IV was born on August 31, 1980 in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A.
Tommy Vietor Net Worth
Vietor’s net worth is still under review
Tommy Vietor Wife
Vietor is married to Hanna Koch since 2018 after the two had dated for a while. The two seem to be doing well and no signs of their love fading. Vietor sometimes mentions his wife on live show which shows how connected the couple is.
Tommy Vietor Education
Raised in Dedham, Massachusetts, Vietor went to Milton Academy. He is a descendant of Ethan Allen, a noted American Revolutionary War patriot. Vietor graduated in 2002 from Kenyon College with a BA in philosophy. While at Kenyon, Vietor was a player on the Men’s Lacrosse team and participated in campus Greek life as a member of the Psi Upsilon fraternity.
Tommy Vietor Career
Vietor turned down an offer from the John Kerry presidential campaign in 2004 in favor of joining Illinois State Senator Barack Obama for his first statewide run. Vietor’s first job for Obama was driving the candidate’s press van across rural Illinois. During this period, he would learn the media ropes from Obama spokesman Robert Gibbs.
In 2004, Vietor was deputy press secretary for the Barack Obama Illinois Senate Campaign, then became deputy press secretary for Senator Obama the following year and press secretary the year after that. From 2007–2008 during Obama’s presidential campaign, he was Iowa Press Secretary.
Following Obama’s victory in the 2008 presidential election, Vietor became the White House’s Assistant Press Secretary, from January 2009 to January 2011; then from January 2011 until March 2013, Vietor served as National Security Spokesman and Special Assistant to the President .
In March 2013, Vietor left the White House together with Obama’s Director of Speechwriting Jon Favreau, to pursue a career in private sector consulting and screenwriting. The two founded the communications firm Fenway Strategies.
Vietor became a regular co-host of The Ringer’s political podcast Keepin’ it 1600 in March 2016, together with Favreau and their fellow Obama administration alumni Dan Pfeiffer and Jon Lovett.
Shortly after the November 2016 election, Vietor, Lovett and Favreau decided to pursue podcasting and activism on a full-time basis. They founded their own company, Crooked Media and launched a new podcast, Pod Save America. Vietor explained in an interview with Recode’s Kara Swisher, that “If Hillary had won, we probably would’ve kept doing this as a hobby… But when she lost, I think we all had this existential crisis, where it didn’t feel right to wake up every day and obsess about politics and what’s happening in the country and then go to work doing something else.”
Vietor also hosts a separate podcast covering global issues and policymaking decisions called Pod Save the World. The podcast debuted on January 10, 2017 at number one on the iTunes podcast chart.