Biography

Kerry Eleveld covered Barack Obama for four years for The Advocate, first on the campaign trail and then at the White House, interviewing him three times including once in the Oval Office. Her 2015 book, "Don't Tell Me To Wait: How the Fight for Gay Rights Changed America and Transformed Obama’s Presidency," explores the political tipping point on LGBT issues that occurred during Obama's presidency.

Eleveld has worked as a journalist in different media for 20 years and earned a Master’s degree in journalism from the University of California-Berkeley in 2003. Since she began covering LGBT issues in 2006, Eleveld’s work has won: “Best News Article” in 2006 from the American Veterans for Equal Rights; second place for “Coverage of Election/Politics” in the 2007 New York Press Association's Better Newspaper Contest; first place in the 2007 “Excellence in News Writing” category as well as the 2010 Sarah Pettit Memorial Award for “Excellence in LGBT Media” from the National Lesbian and Gay Journalist Association; the 2011 “Outstanding Digital Journalism Article” for her weekly View from Washington column from the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), and third place for "Excellence in Opinion/Editorial Writing" from the National Lesbian and Gay Journalist Association in 2013.

Eleveld’s work has appeared in Salon, The Atlantic, The Daily Beast, the Washington Post, and Politico. She has also offered insights about political developments to news outlets such as PBS NewsHour, MSNBC, CNN, SiriusXM, The New York Times, Washington Post, and the Associated Press.

 

Kerry Eleveld discusses the Congressional effort to repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" wth Rachel Maddow in 2010.