Julie Mason
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Julie Mason
Julie Mason in 2020

Julie Mason (born around 1966)[1] is a journalist and the host of "The Press Pool" on SiriusXM radio's POTUS channel.[2]

Professional life

Mason was a White House correspondent for the Houston Chronicle,[3]Washington Examiner and Politico during the George W. Bush administration and the first term of Barack Obama's administration. She was with the Chronicle for twenty years.[4]

Mason's first job was as a clerk in the Washington bureau of the Dallas Morning News, and In 1988 she went to Texas to work as a reporter with the Houston Chronicle. She was transferred to the newspaper's Washington bureau in 2001 but was laid off in 2008[1] while serving as the paper's White House correspondent. She worked at the Washington Examiner as a White House reporter until 2010, when she joined Politico's White House team.[5][6] She joined SiriusXM in 2011.[7][8] In 2014, Mason received the Gracie Award from the Alliance for Women in the Media for outstanding achievement as a radio talk show host.[4] She has been the secretary and a board member of the White House Correspondents' Association.[2][4]

She has been noted for her impressions of notable figures such as Laura Bush, Michelle Obama, Elizabeth Warren and John Boehner.[9][10] Readers of FishbowlDC in 2012 voted Mason "class clown" of the Washington press corps.[11]

One report said that Mason is known for her "bawdy personality and quick wit."[2] Television commentator Bill O'Reilly in 2014 called her a "loon" because, according to him, she suggested that he and Glenn Beck may have damaged the Fox News "brand."[2]

In 2011, White House press secretary Jay Carney called one of Mason's stories "partisan, inflammatory and tendentious," and U.S. National Security Council spokesperson Tommy Vietor sent her an e-mail that included an animated picture of a crying mime, a "visual suggestion that she was whining," according to Washington Post columnist Paul Farhi.[12]

Personal life

Mason grew up in Acton, Massachusetts, graduated from Lawrence Academy at Groton, Massachusetts, and attended American University in Washington, D.C.[13]

In May, 1996, she married David Messina of Houston in the Graceland Chapel in Las Vegas, Nevada, where a Presley impersonator walked her down the aisle and serenaded her afterward.[14][15]

In 2011, she lived in Washington, in the Dupont-Logan-U Street-Columbia Heights area.[8]

Mason and Alper Tunga Yakupoglu were married in October 2019 in the National Building Museum, Washington, D.C.[16]

Mason is a reader of Tarot cards.[17]


  1. ^ a b "American Journalism Review". ajrarchive.org. Retrieved .
  2. ^ a b c d Peter Ogburn, "Behind the Scenes With the Bawdy Julie Mason," FishbowlDC, April 26, 2012
  3. ^ Mason, Julie. "Julie Mason on about.me". about.me. Retrieved .
  4. ^ a b c Judy Kurtz, "A Clash fan who wants to interview Obama over 'strong cocktails,' The Hill, June 12, 2014
  5. ^ "Julie Mason is Getting Sirius". Borderstan. 2012-12-19. Retrieved .
  6. ^ "Behind the Scenes With the Bawdy Julie Mason". Retrieved .
  7. ^ "Top White House reporter Julie Mason heading to radio | Planet Washington blog". blogs.mcclatchydc.com. Retrieved .
  8. ^ a b Michelle Lancaster, "Meet Julie Mason, White House Correspondent, Neighbor," Borderstan, January 12, 2011
  9. ^ T.J. Clemente, "Julie Mason Shining Brightly by the Press Pool," East Hampton Patch, March 5, 2016
  10. ^ "An Elizabeth Warren impersonation you need to hear". Washington Post. Retrieved .
  11. ^ "Fishbowl Summer Superlatives - THE RESULTS!". Retrieved .
  12. ^ Paul Farhi, "Journalists Complain the White House Press Office Has Become Overly Combative," The Washington Post, December 22, 2011
  13. ^ "Julie Mason: A Clash Fan Who Wants to Interview Obama Over 'Strong Cocktails,'" The Hill, June 12, 2014
  14. ^ "Well, It's One Way to Avoid the In-Laws," The Boston Globe, May 311, 1996, image 48
  15. ^ Clark County, Nevada, Marriage Index, 1956-1966, Las Vegas, Nevada
  16. ^ "Politico Playbook: A Small Crack in the GOP Firewall: Wedding," Politico, October 19, 2019
  17. ^ "Birthday of the Day: Julie Mason, host of SiriusXM's 'Press Pool," Politico, December 11, 2018

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