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Who is Michael Goodwin?
Michael Goodwin is the New York Post’s chief political columnist and a frequent contributor to Fox News and Fox Business. He previously worked as a political columnist for the New York Daily News before joining The Post in 2009.
Before that, he spent 16 years at the New York Times. Goodwin is the Dow Journalism Program’s Pulliam Fellow for the Fall 2019 semester. Michael Goodwin is a television producer best known for his work on America’s Newsroom (2007), America Reports (2021), and After the Bell (2013). Michael Goodwin is a Fox News contributor and a columnist for the New York Post.
Michael Goodwin, a writer, and Jennifer Jaye Raab, a lawyer, are married.
Jennifer Jaye Raab, an associate at Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison in New York, and Michael Goodwin, a writer, and member of The New York Daily News editorial board, were married yesterday in New York.
Dr. Robert Berson, a leader in the Ethical Culture Society, officiated the wedding at the home of the bride’s brother and sister-in-law, Michael and Michi Raab.
Ms. Raab, 35, earned a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.
Additionally, she holds a master’s degree in public and international affairs from Princeton University and is a Harvard Law School alumna.
She is the daughter of Lillian Raab and the late Harry Raab of New York. Lillian Raab is a retired teaching assistant in New York public schools.
Mr. Goodwin, 42, is a Columbia University graduate.
He previously worked for The New York Times as a City Hall bureau chief and sports reporter. He is the co-author of “I, Koch,” an unauthorized biography of New York’s former Mayor.
He was born in Lewistown, Pennsylvania, to Virginia and James Goodwin.
His father works there as an automobile salesman.
His first marriage was annulled.
Jennifer Raab is his wife
How they became acquainted?
She was employed by the Koch administration, where she served as press secretary for land-use policy.
He was the New York Times’s City Hall bureau chief.
They met in City Hall’s Room 9, the reporters’ room.
Why are they such a powerful couple?
Jennifer Raab would make an excellent source for her Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist husband, Michael Goodwin, in any other circumstance.
She has many of the city’s business and political elite on speed dial as president of Hunter College for the last 15 years.
Raab has leveraged her connections to raise the type of money—$330 million in donations—that is typically reserved for private schools, not a public institution with a foreign-born population of 23%.
$131 million went to the social work school, $45 million to a new library, and $10 million to a nursing school; additionally, she secured $24.5 million in state funds to open Roosevelt House, a public-policy institute, in 2010.
Raab serves on the board of ExpandED Schools, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the Association for a Better New York’s steering committee.
Meanwhile, Goodwin has covered the city for the Times, the Daily News, and now the Post, where he rails against liberal assumptions, criticizing the Clintons for their “lawlessness,” Mayor Bill de Blasio for his “slush fund” (his political action committee Campaign for One New York), and even Donald Trump for failing to establish a basic Republican platform.
He shared the Pulitzer Prize for a series on financial mismanagement at the Apollo Theater while serving as editorial-page editor at the Daily News.
However, the two maintain separate careers: “We’ve managed to maintain a dual-career household in which both of us are passionate about our work,” Raab explained.
Michael Goodwin’s Q&A
Has your high school or college newspaper?
Great question.No. But the most influential person in my writing career was Mrs. Novak, my senior high English teacher. Every day in class, she made us write, and I fell in love with it.
When I became a New York Times reporter, she would write to me and correct my articles.
She was a natural at English.
What did you learn from working in the NYT Morgue that aided your writing career?
By reading the newspaper and talking to reporters I felt like I was becoming a part of this organization, which was encouraging.
What are your favorite pieces?
I was just happy to be writing at first. Anything would do. MY FIRST FRONTPAGE NEW YORK TIMES STORY
And I wept. “It’s what people care about,” someone said. Why is it on the front page?
That taught me something. It’s not about me; it’s about you.
It was fun to write about sports. It was all about the business, the scandals, not the games.
Do you have any advice for aspiring journalists?
Done. Dare to. Writing, interviewing, talking, and thinking on a deadline are fundamental skills.
It’s all in the mind. Those skills will always be in demand, keeping you relevant and functional.
Skill comes with age. It’s a skill. I don’t think so. You get used to it.
Did you always follow current events?
I was keen on current affairs. I’ve always valued government and its importance.
And I’ve always loved writing about politics. I adore politicians. First, I think you can’t cover something you despise.
You can’t hate sports and write about it. I hate politicians and can’t write about them.
It’s wrong, unfair to them, and unfair to the reader. You won’t do well.
It’s good to write about what you care about. If you dislike the subject, it will show in your writing, making it uninteresting to read. What will your constant sneering give the reader?
But if you enjoy it, consider the reader’s perspective.
How has it been teaching at Hillsdale this week?
I love the students. They are sharp, on the ball, caring, earnest about their work. I hope everyone else is too!
- Columnist for the New York Post.
- Winner of the Pulitzer Prize.
- Contributor to Fox News.