Peter Slevin
Peter Slevin is a contributing writer for The New Yorker, based in Chicago and focussing on politics. He has written recently about the meanings and political uses of socialism, the battle for Wisconsin’s electoral votes, the Trump Administration’s revival of the federal death penalty, and frustrations in Chicago with President Trump’s response to COVID-19. He spent a decade on the Washington Post’s national staff, as well as seven years as the Miami Herald’s European correspondent. Slevin is the author of “Michelle Obama: A Life,” which was a finalist for the 2016 pen/Jacqueline Bograd Weld Award for Biography. He teaches at Northwestern University, where he is a professor at the Medill School of Journalism.
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A Chicago High School Reopens, with Fears of Gun Violence
Students at Michele Clark High were relieved to return to classes, but shootings on the West Side mean that their problems are far from over.
By Peter SlevinOctober 18, 2021
Daily Comment
State Republicans Are Gambling with the Delta Surge
G.O.P. leaders are sticking to an anti-science message that equates some of the most routine public functions with tyranny.
By Peter SlevinAugust 16, 2021
U.S. Journal
The Struggle to Vaccinate Springfield, Missouri
COVID cases continue to rise, but many residents remain reluctant to get the vaccine.
By Peter SlevinAugust 6, 2021
Daily Comment
Greg Abbott’s Radical Term in Texas
As part of his quest for reëlection next year, the governor is turning the Lone Star State into a pro-Trump dreamscape.
By Peter SlevinJuly 3, 2021
The Political Scene
How Pramila Jayapal Views the Biden Administration
The leader of the Congressional Progressive Caucus has been surprised by how much she agrees with the President.
By Peter SlevinMay 17, 2021
Campaign Chronicles
The Power of Political Disinformation in Iowa
Republicans demonized Democratic candidates in 2020. It worked, and their narrative remains largely intact, posing challenges for the Biden Administration.
By Peter SlevinMarch 24, 2021
The Political Scene
South Carolina Republicans Face a Trump-Fuelled Schism
The former President has left the White House, but the battle for the G.O.P. is only getting started.
By Peter SlevinMarch 4, 2021
The Political Scene
Trump’s Election-Fraud Bluster Finds an Audience
If his goal is to retain the Presidency, the effort is a historic failure. But Trump has proved able to build a significant following for his claims.
By Peter SlevinDecember 5, 2020
Campaign Chronicles
North Carolina County Commissioners Lose Seats After Abandoning the G.O.P.
Defecting from Trump—in a state where the President maintains a slight edge over Biden—did not go well for Page Lemel and Mike Hawkins.
By Peter SlevinNovember 6, 2020
Campaign Chronicles
The Battle to Count All of Wisconsin’s Absentee Votes
In addition to the complications of running an election during a pandemic, Wisconsin has some of the country’s most restrictive voting rules.
By Peter SlevinOctober 31, 2020
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