Adam Serwer
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Adam Serwer

Adam Serwer (born 1982)[1] is an American journalist. He is a staff writer at The Atlantic where his work focuses on politics. He has received awards from the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ), The Root, and the Society of Professional Journalists. Serwer was named a spring 2019 Shorenstein Center fellow. He received a 2019 Hillman Prize for Opinion & Analysis Journalism.[2][3]

Life and career

Serwer was raised in Washington, D.C.[4] His father, Daniel Serwer, was in the Foreign Service with the result that Serwer spent part of his childhood overseas. His mother, Jacquelyn Days Serwer, is the Chief Curator of the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of African American History and Culture.[5] His father is white and Jewish and his mother is African American.[6] He has one brother.

Serwer received his bachelor's degree from Vassar College and his master's degree from Columbia University's School of Journalism.[7] Following graduate school, he was a writing fellow at The American Prospect.[8] He later worked at Mother Jones,[9] the Atlantic,[10]MSNBC, The Washington Post, Jack and Jill Politics, and Salon.[11] He began work at BuzzFeed News as the national editor in August 2014.[12][13] Serwer was hired as a senior editor at The Atlantic on August 15, 2016.[14] His work there has focused on white supremacy, race in America, and the Trump administration.[15] Essays such as "The Nationalist's Delusion" and "White Nationalism's Deep American Roots" and "The Cruelty Is the Point" have been cited by other journalists in various outlets.[16][17][18][19][20][21][22] He has also appeared on other media such as All Things Considered, The Opposition with Jordan Klepper, In the Thick, and On My Mind with Diane Rehm to discuss his writing.[23][24][25][26]

Serwer received a fellowship from the Shorenstein Center in 2019, for which he researched the historical role of African Americans and voting.[27] He received the 2019 Hillman Prize for his work on the rise of Trump, Trumpism and America's history of racism.[28]

Personal life

Serwer is married.[29] He and his wife have one daughter (b. 2019). He practices Judaism.[30]

He has multiple cats whom he frequently Tweets about and refers to as "the Garfields" because they are all orange.[31]


  • "The War-Crimes President; When violence is directed at those Trump's supporters hate and fear, they see such excesses not as crimes but as virtues." November 27, 2019 The Atlantic


  • Salute to Excellence Awards, Magazines - Commentary/Essay, "All the President's Frenemies," NABJ (2012)[32]
  • The Root 100, The Root (2012)[33]
  • The Root 100, The Root (2013)[34]
  • Sigma Delta Chi Award Honorees, Online Column Writing, "Race in America," Society of Professional Journalists (2015)[35]
  • The Root 100, Media, The Root (2018)[1]
  • Spring 2019 Fellow, Shorenstein Center[27]
  • Hillman Prize for Opinion & Analysis Journalism, Hillman Foundation (2019)[3]


  1. ^ a b "The Root 100 - The Most Influential African Americans In 2018". The Root. Retrieved .
  2. ^ Grinapol|July 14, Corinne; 2016. "The Atlantic Adds Adam Serwer, Siddhartha Mahanta". Retrieved .
  3. ^ a b By. "'Perversion of Justice' wins Hillman Foundation award for socially responsible journalism". miamiherald. Retrieved .
  4. ^ Serwer, Adam (2008-12-16). "ON BEING BLACK AT SIDWELL". The American Prospect. ISSN 1049-7285. Retrieved .
  5. ^ Boorstein, Michelle. "Jewish community trying to make room for interfaith couples". The Washington Post. Retrieved .
  6. ^ "'A certain fear of free black men'". MSNBC. 2011-05-18. Retrieved .
  7. ^ Yolanda Young. "Adam Serwer is an editor on a mission to empower readers". Retrieved .
  8. ^ "Adam Serwer | The Guardian". the Guardian. Retrieved .
  9. ^ "Adam Serwer". Mother Jones. Retrieved .
  10. ^ Adam Serwer. "Adam Serwer". The Atlantic. Retrieved .
  11. ^ Tanzer, Myles. "American Prospect Mass Exodus Begins". BuzzFeed. Retrieved .
  12. ^ "Adam Serwer is BuzzFeed's new national editor". Poynter. 2014-08-12. Retrieved .
  13. ^ Levy, Nicole. "Adam Serwer named Buzzfeed national editor". POLITICO Media. Retrieved .
  14. ^ O'Shea|July 14, Chris; 2016. "The Atlantic Adds 2, Promotes Sacha Zimmerman". Retrieved .
  15. ^ "What Discrimination? | On the Media". WNYC Studios. Retrieved .
  16. ^ "Yes, the Civil War was about slavery. Just listen to Uncivil". Columbia Journalism Review. Retrieved .
  17. ^ "Trump and "The Nationalist's Delusion"". Retrieved .
  18. ^ Douthat, Ross (2017-11-29). "Opinion | Race and Class and What Happened in 2016". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved .
  19. ^ "Weekend Read: A horrifying pattern of white supremacist attacks". Southern Poverty Law Center. Retrieved .
  20. ^ Feller, Madison (2018-12-19). "9 Writers Share the Absolute Best Thing They Read on the Internet in 2018". ELLE. Retrieved .
  21. ^ Klein, Ezra (2018-12-11). "The political tribalism of Andrew Sullivan". Vox. Retrieved .
  22. ^ Nast, Condé. "The Trump Administration's War on Trans People Is Pointless and Cruel". GQ. Retrieved .
  23. ^ Perkins, Dennis. "The Atlantic's Adam Serwer tells Jordan Klepper how to know who Donald Trump really is". The A.V. Club. Retrieved .
  24. ^ "White Nationalist Rhetoric Heard Today Echoes America A Century Ago". Retrieved .
  25. ^ "In The Thick: The Roots of American Racism". Retrieved .
  26. ^ "An American Whose White Nationalist Theories Inspired Hitler". Diane Rehm. Retrieved .
  27. ^ a b news, in In the (2019-01-09). "Shorenstein Center Announces Spring 2019 Fellows". Shorenstein Center. Retrieved .
  28. ^ "2019 Hillman Prize for Opinion & Analysis Journalism". The Sidney Hillman Foundation. Retrieved 2019.
  29. ^ Serwer ?, Adam (2019-01-26). "I know I give the impression of being a cat bachelor longer true!". @AdamSerwer. Retrieved .
  30. ^ "How Is Your Judaism Different From Your Parents'?". Moment Magazine - The Next 5,000 Years of Conversation Begin Here. 2019-03-20. Retrieved .
  31. ^ "Adam Serwer - Let's Talk About Cats Podcast - Episode 13". Retrieved .
  32. ^ "STEWinners2012 - National Association of Black Journalists". Retrieved .
  33. ^ "MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry tops the 'Root 100? list". Poynter. 2012-09-20. Retrieved .
  34. ^ "The Root 100 - 2013". The Root. 2013-01-01. Retrieved .
  35. ^ "Sigma Delta Chi Awards - Society of Professional Journalists". Retrieved .

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