Adam Klasfeld | Political Journalism

From the world stage to the U.S. presidential campaign trail, my reporting has run across the spectrum of domestic and international politics.


Over the course of the Russia investigation, I became a go-to source for breaking news about the prosecution of President Donald Trump's personal attorney and fixer Michael Cohen. CTV News invited me to discuss Cohen's three year sentence, and the Washington Post, Politico, The Daily Beast, and other outlets cited my live-coverage of the proceedings. After the Mueller report's release, MSNBC invited me on Lawrence O'Donnell's "The Last Word" to analyze the mystery criminal referrals it contained live on the air, and then brought me back on weeks later for an update over a federal court fight over congressional subpoenas of Trump's Deutsche Bank records.

Writing Samples

Cohen Case: FBI Suspected Cohen as Foreign Agent Nearly a Year Before Raids

Deutsche Case: Subpoenas Targeting Trump Bank Records Get Lift-Off


Covering two years of general debate from inside the U.N. General Assembly, I chronicled President Donald Trump threat to "totally destroy" North Korea the year shortly before he proclaimed his "love" for the country's dictator Kim Jong Un. The following year, I witnessed the hall of diplomats break out into raucous laughter as Trump praised himself for allegedly having "accomplished more than almost any administration in the history of our country.”

Taken aback, Trump ad libbed: “Didn’t expect that reaction, but that’s OK.”

In U.N. Address, Trump Threatens to "Totally Destroy" North Korea

Tardy Trump Puzzled as UN Speech Fetches Laughter

U.S. President Donald Trump threatens to "totally destroy" North Korea at the U.N. General Assembly on Sept. 19, 2017. (UN Photo/Mark Garten)

Albany on Trial

Dubbed by New York's tabloids as "Albany on Trial," I filed wall-to-wall coverage of the corruption cases of the Empire State's most powerful, including ex-New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, former Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, and Governor Andrew Cuomo's former "right-hand man" Joseph Percoco. Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara crackdown was disrupted by his firing by Trump, but it has continued through his successor.

As of this writing, all three sets of cases have netted convictions:

2016 Presidential Debates at Hofstra

Reporting live from the first 2016 presidential debate at Hofstra University, I filed roughly a dozen dispatches before, during, and after the bout.  I interviewed campus activist leaders on how they were engaging with the political season in a feature that drew from the university's history of political engagement from Martin Luther King to "Born on the Fourth of July." My live coverage analyzed social media buzz around the debate and delivered blow-by-blow updates on the first-ever match-up between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

My post-debate analysis deconstructed how Trump's allies spun racial profiling in the New York City Police Department's stop-and-frisk program that a federal court found unconstitutional.

Click the stories below for a recap:

2016 Democratic Debate in Brooklyn

After the 2016 Democratic Primary Debate inside the Brooklyn Navy Yard, I stepped inside the spin room to find that surrogates for presidential candidates themselves made headlines in the lead-up to the debates. My interviews with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, American Federation of Teachers president Randi Weingarten, and civil-rights activist Linda Sarsour delved into New York's then-recent $15 minimum wage law, an educational controversy over standardized testing, and Israel's war on Gaza.

Link to story: When the Spinmasters Are the Newsmakers

Adam Klasfeld photograph of DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz reporting

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