By Ellie Bailey '19
Ms. Maeve Reston is a Los Angeles-based national political reporter for CNN. She is best known for approaching reporting through multimedia platforms such as video and social media, her coverage of the 2016 election, and her thoughts on the fashion of politics.
After graduating from NCS in 1995, she attended Cornell University, where she studied English. She then went on to earn her master’s degree from Dartmouth College, where she studied World War II history.
Before her time at CNN, she wrote for the Austin American Statesman, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and Los Angeles Times. Across her tenure at multiple news organizations, she has covered four presidential elections. During the 2012 and 2016 elections, she started examining the role fashion choices of candidates and supporters plays in campaigning via an Instagram hashtag #campaignfashionreport. She has stated that “so much of political campaigns are just political theater, and the amount of thought from operatives that goes into selecting a debate tie– is it red or blue? Is there a pattern on there? Are you trying to appeal to independents? ... It’s been a fun way to think about politics too because the candidates spend so much time on what kind of image they want to project.”
Since Ms. Reston is a political journalist living in Los Angeles, she has a unique perspective on politics. She once said that being a political reporter away from D.C. has been “incredibly refreshing. If I had my way, political reporters wouldn’t have desks – just a laptop, an aircard, and the freedom to roam the country finding the best stories.” She added in a different interview that “one of the most important things about covering a campaign is getting outside the bubble.”
At CNN she is now working on an online video series that describes politics in the western United States. Some of the videos include “Here’s Why Nevada was Trump Country” and “How Trump’s Deportation Plan Failed 62 Years Ago.”
Despite her substantial contributions to political reporting, as a woman, she has sometimes struggled to be taken seriously in the journalism world. In 2012 she, along with an array of other female journalists, was criticized for having a “provocative” profile photograph on Twitter, despite wearing a dress that the Guardian declared was “so classy she could be on her way to a White House dinner.” She has also written about the challenges of being both a good mother and an ambitious journalist.
Even after all her success, Ms. Reston still enjoys visiting the Cathedral with her young daughter when they are in D.C. together.