Michael Barbaro, 38, is the host of “The Daily,” a five-day- a-week audio show from The New York Times. In
less than a year, the show has built an audience of nearly one million listeners a day; become the most-
downloaded new show in 2017 on Apple Podcasts; won a DuPont-Columbia University Award for audio
excellence; and been named a top podcast of the year by Time, Entertainment Weekly, The Atlantic, Esquire,
Adweek, The New Yorker and New York Magazine, which called it “a triumph, plain and simple.” In 2017,
Barbaro was named to the Recode 100 and People Magazine’s list of Sexiest Men Alive.
In a tribute to “The Daily,” The New Yorker wrote: “In Barbaro’s hands—or, rather, in Barbaro’s
voice—the Times becomes conversational and intimate, instead of inky and cumbersome. It’s a twenty-minute
update murmured in your ear by a well-informed, sensitive, funny, modest friend—the kind of person who has as
many questions as answers.” The Atlantic called Barbaro “America’s podcasting sweetheart and The Daily, the
most impressive work of the year.”
Before hosting “The Daily,” Barbaro was a national political correspondent for The Times and host of “The Run-
up,” a political podcast that chronicled the 2016 election. Previously, he covered New York’s City Hall and the
U.S. retail industry.
He joined The Times in 2005 from The Washington Post, where he began in 2002 as a reporter covering the
biotechnology industry. Barbaro graduated from Yale in 2002 with a bachelor's degree in history.
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