Elaina Plott is a national political reporter for the New York Times. Before that, she worked for National Review, Washingtonian magazine, and The Atlantic. She and Jay are old friends. Elaina grew up in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and is currently working on a story about Jeff Sessions, the ex-senator from Alabama (who wants to be a senator again). Elaina went to Yale. With Jay, she talks about reading, writing, college, race, politics, the pandemic, and more. She is a journalist and writer of particular sensitivity and grace.

In the podcast, Jay singles out two pieces by Elaina Plott, which are favorites of his: this one, “The Bullet in My Arm,” which is autobiographical; and this one, which is about a Facebook group in Louisiana at the beginning of the pandemic.

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Journalism had some high notes and some low notes in 2017. Elaina Plott, a young journalist at the Washingtonian, proved to be one of the high notes with her work. Jay and Amy talk to her about how she got started, her influences, what her thinking is about the state of journalism today, and what the media needs to do to gain back some of the trust they’ve lost.

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