NEW YORK Sopan Deb, who rose as a standout 2016 reporter for his tireless coverage of Donald Trump, is joining The New York Times culture desk.
In a memo to staff, Times Culture Editor Danielle Mattoon articulated Deb will “cover a range of report- culture, political, race/ gender/ class, way-we-live-now- through art and entertainment lenses in the Trump era.”
Deb, 28, met CBS in 2014 as an associate farmer following stints at NBC News, Al Jazeera Media Network, The Boston Globe and Major League Baseball. He became one of the network’s expedition digital journalists, or “embeds, ” in June 2015, just as Trump entered the race.
He followed the insurgent Republican candidate throughout the country for CBS News and even got arrested at one particularly raucous Chicago rally. But it was Deb’s Twitter feed, a rolling aid for Trump interview transcripts and fact-checks of the candidate’s asserts, that distinguished the writer.
When Politico recently identified Deb one the “breakout media stars” of such elections season, a television executive described the reporter as “America’s representative to the Trump campaign” on account of his Twitter feed. The executive said that “every single person is trying to hire him.”
In the memo internally announcing his hire, Mattoon quoth Deb’s “ambitious, multi-platform sections, videos, and innovative storytelling” on the campaign trail, including his Twitter feed.
“Most notably he pioneered a story shape for fact-checking and analyzing Trump: Sopan transcribed the candidate’s statements at revivals, events, news conference, and interviews, then highlighted key the articles and words and offered smudge analysis posting it all relentlessly on Twitter, ” she wrote. “With this approach Sopan was able to shine a singular spotlight on “the worlds largest” newsworthy, surprising, and disturbing specific areas of Trump’s message. He likewise applied Trump’s language in context so even the candidate couldn’t quibble.”
While moving to the culture table may seem surprising yielded Deb’s Trump-obsessed Twitter feed, he has interests outside politics. Deb is a classical pianist, as well as a stand-up comedian.
“Sopan’s superb reporting during this fast-paced and high-charged poll round was second to none, and we at CBS are sad to realize him start, ” CBS News Washington Bureau Chief Chris Isham said in a quote in the memo.
Isham contributed he has no doubt Deb “will bring the same energy to his new beat.”
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I’m thrilled to announce that Sopan Deb of the CBS News politics crew will be joining Culture as a general news reporter.
Sopan broke out of the pack of 2016 expedition reporters by generating ambitious, multi-platform sections, videos, and innovative storytelling as the CBS journalist including Donald Trump. Most notably he pioneered a story shape for fact-checking and analyzing Trump: Sopan transcribed the candidate’s statements at revivals, events, news conference, and interviews, then highlighted key the articles and words and offered smudge analysis posting it all relentlessly on Twitter. With this approach Sopan was able to shine a singular spotlight on “the worlds largest” newsworthy, surprising, and disturbing specific areas of Trump’s message. He likewise applied Trump’s language in context so even the candidate couldn’t quibble.
It was revelatory coverage and a standard recital of accountability journalism. In doing so, he developed his Twitter followers from a few thousand to about 117,000 today.
Sopan deepened his work with a multitude of digital knowledge- including shooting and revising broadcast-ready video while writing at a lightning quick gait. He smashed fibs, like acquiring a memo that former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort to be presented to expedition staff just before his abdication. Sopan likewise regularly grilled Trump at news conference. He wrote report, boast, and analytical fibs at a fast clip while at the same time affording content for CBS Radio.
Politico recently identified Sopan as one of its “1 6 breakout media superstars of 2016, ” writing: “CBS News’ Trump embed has made a call for himself as the ultimate Trump chronicler, which he does almost entirely on Twitter. Somehow Deb manages to transcribe nearly everything Trump breathes, from interviews, to gaggles, to revivals and debates. He’s often spotted by his fellow inserts typing furiously at every free moment- a knowledge he says he gained from playing piano his whole life( Deb nearly went to music institution ). ”
Speaking of that piano: Sopan comes to us with a lifelong passion for the arts and a deep those who are interested in pop culture. Thriving up in New Jersey, he instructed as a classical pianist while devouring music of all forms. As a student at Boston University, he played piano for a musical based on the music of Ben Folds, and he is an inveterate concert and festival-goer with a specific love for Jazz Fest in New Orleans. “If I could have composed any book in biography, ” he speaks, “it would be Exile on Main Street by the Rolling Stones, must be accompanied by Abbey Road.”
He is an biding follower of television( he is a real Trekkie, and among those who speculate “The Wire” is the greatest see ever represented ), and executed a great video and boast story about the idealistic roots of “Sesame Street.” He likewise made a short documentary and accompanying boast piece at CBS about a cancer case in New York who decided to pursue stand-up slapstick be addressed with her diagnosis, a piece that depicted broad-minded national notice. Sopan is a stand-up comedian himself, playing here and there in New York and even sometimes on the campaign trail.
Sopan has also labor at Al Jazeera America, NBC’s “Rock Center with Brian Williams, ” and The Boston Globe, where he acquired an Edward R. Murrow Award for a documentary on Celtics superstar and civil rights activist Bill Russell’s relationship with the towns of Boston.
The CBS News Washington Bureau Chief, Chris Isham, articulated: “Sopan’s superb reporting during this fast-paced and high-charged poll round was second to none, and we at CBS are sad to see him go.” He contributed, “I have no doubt that he will bring the same vitality to his new beat.”
We’re thrilled that Sopan is coming to The Times to include a range of report- culture, political, race/ gender/ class, way-we-live-now- through art and entertainment lenses in the Trump era. Please join me in accepting him. He starts Jan. 9. And for the persons who don’t already know, he’s @SopanDeb on Twitter.