- Full Name Eugene Daniels
- Occupation Correspondent, Host, Author
- Nationality American
"Nail polish doesn't negate the fact that I can write and talk about infrastructure, voting rights, and Russia, for example. Finally, if you really want to cover this country and the world, you have to have people who look like the population and individuals who bring a different background and point of view to their reporting."
Eugene Daniels | BiographyDaniels was the host of Politico's 'Confronting Inequality Town Hall' series
Eugene Daniels joined Politico in 2018 and covered the midterm elections, the Democratic presidential primary, and the general election in print, video journalism, and podcasts. As a Playbook author and White House correspondent at Politico, Daniels continues covering authentic, timely reports on Vice President Kamala Harris, First Lady Dr. Jill Biden, the Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff, and other rising Washington power figures.
Eugene Daniels is a White House Correspondent for Politico and co-author of the Playbook.
Who is Eugene Daniels?
Daniels is a popular face in the landscape of journalism. He has fulfilled varied responsibilities as a reporter, anchor, content producer, editor, and many more on firms like Northern Colorado 5, The Rocky Mountain Collegian, KOAA-TV, and Newsy.
Daniels began his career at Northern Colorado 5, the only news station covering Northern Colorado news, as a summer intern for four months, from May to August 2010. He aided news and sports reporters with filming and editing while interning there. He also assisted in creating news and sports shows.
Likewise, he served as Chair of the NCAA Division I National Student-Athlete Advisory Committee from 2009 to 2012. His duty was to ensure that student-athletes from all across the country were represented in topics affecting their health.
From 2010 to 2012, he worked for The Rocky Mountain Collegian as a reporter, anchor, host, columnist, and editorial board member. He was a chat show host for Daniels after Dark and a Campus Television anchor/reporter during his time there. He also worked as a magazine reporter for College Avenue and presented a radio show called KSU. He next ventured to KOAA-TV as a Content producer. He continued the designation from 2012 to 2015. At KOAA-TV, he was responsible for filming, writing, editing, and creating daily news articles and broadcasts. Daniels reported breaking news, politics, crime, and features from eighteen nations in southern Colorado and organized and supervised field crews for daily content and story ideas.
From 2015 to 2018, he worked as a political reporter for Newsy. There, he wrote, edited, and hosted a daily nocturnal political show, prompted the Newsy/Politico cooperation by creating videos for both brands on Politico's website, covering the headlining topics, and joined forces with editorial leads and producers to create special programs. Daniels also covered domestic policy and politics on and off Capitol Hill, together with health care, tax reform, the 2018 midterm elections, and the 2016 election. He also reported foreign policy and politics, particularly US diplomatic relations and national security, and built a massive network of contacts in the political world.
Thereafter, he entered Politico in 2018 as a Political Reporter and held the position until January 2021. Presently, he is a full-time White House Correspondent and Playbook Newsletter's co-author at Politico.
Moreover, Daniels carries an intersectional identity of a black and LGBTQ+ community member. He is engaged to Nate Stephens, a social change facilitator from South Dakota.
Early Bio and Education
Daniel's birthday falls on 12 February. He was raised along with his three sisters.
In 2007, Daniels graduated from Shoemaker High School in Killeen, Texas, with a high school diploma in general studies. Following that, he enrolled at Colorado State University to study Journalism and Political Science. He studied Journalism & Technology Communication (Concentrations in TV News & Video Communication /News-Editorial, Poli. Sci) and graduated in 2012.
Daniels intended to be a lawyer and a politician. But after realizing he was not that interested in politics, he opted for a journalism class by accident. Yet, Daniels didn't take the subject seriously at first as it was optional. But he swiftly acquired a passion for writing.
Additionally, his journalism professor at Colorado State University provided him invaluable guidance that made him land in the journalism career. His teacher highlighted the breadth of journalism's role in holding politicians responsible, and ever since then, he has been active in the field.
Amidst his stint at Politico since 2018, Daniels has also covered the midterm elections, the Democratic presidential primary, and the general election in print, video journalism, and podcasts.
As a Playbook author and White House correspondent at Politico, Daniels continues covering authentic, timely reports on Vice President Kamala Harris, First Lady Dr. Jill Biden, the Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff, and other rising Washington power figures. He has hosted Politico's Confronting Inequality Town Hall series, which looked at how disparities in policing, housing, healthcare, education, and employment pervade and afflict the United States during the country's confrontation with race in 2020.
Eugene Daniels, along with Rachael Bade, Ryan Lizza, and Tara Palmeri, became the co-authors of the Politico Media Company's Playbook Newsletter in January 2021. As a member of the Playbook team, he continues to utilize and anchorage Politico's numerous platforms. He's the first black co-author and first publicly open LGBTQ+ person in 'Playbook.
Besides, he has inked a deal with WME Entertainment and is also a contributor at MSNBC.
Before the rise of cable television, news shows were mainly controlled by furious middle-aged to elderly white men. Women, Black people, other persons of color, and LGBTQ+ people were scarce in the realm.
Daniels is a welcome change from the days when pundits were all elderly, grumpy white males. He is well-known for his representation of LGBTQ+ people in media, notably for his personal fondness for nail polish. In an editorial published in July 2021, The Advocate interviewed Daniels on what it's like to symbolize a new age and aesthetic of political punditry, focusing on his love of nail polish. He told the portal that nail polish, like his knowledge of politics and media, is an essential aspect of his personality.
He believed that his fondness for nail colors was not going to hinder him from talking and writing politics, voting rights, and International affairs.
About his favorite nail polish colors, he added, "Right now I'm wearing really pretty yellow, orange, and blue colors on my fingers, so that's my favorite today. Each time I wear a new color, it's my favorite, so I don't have just one in particular."
Daniels is an open member of the LGBTQ+ community. He got engaged to Nate Stephens, a social change facilitator from South Dakota, in 2021. "I've never loved a human more. And I will choose you every day for the rest of my life. (I said hell yes.)," he captioned a picture with his fiance on an Instagram post dated 24 June 2021.
He again proposed to his fiance in November 2021. Sharing pictures with his fiance, he wrote, "Getting engaged is so nice, we did it twice! I always knew I wanted to also ask Nate to marry me. So I took him camping (yes me camping!) and counter-proposed. Luckily he also said yes."
Did You Know?
- Eugene Daniels shares his name with Eugene Daniel Jr., a former professional American football cornerback who has played for NFL teams like Indianapolis Colts and Baltimore Ravens from 1984 to 1997.