Alexandra Swe Wagner is an American journalist and author. She is the co-host of the television documentary series The Circus on Showtime and the author of the book FutureFace: A Family Mystery, an Epic Quest, and the Secret to Belonging, in which she seeks out her roots.
Born and raised in Washington, D.C., Alex Wagner is the only child of a Burmese mother and a Midwestern father, who worked as a field director in Democratic campaigns, including Ted Kennedy’s 1980 presidential bid. Her paternal great grandfather Henry Wagner of Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg came to the United States in the 1870s.
Wagner attended Brown University and following her graduation, started working for the Los Angeles–based music journal Ray Gun. A few years later, she got a job in New York as the Cultural Correspondent for the think tank Center for American Progress. From 2003 to 2007, she was the editor-in-chief of The Fader magazine, covering cultural movements around the globe.
From 2007 to 2009, she was the Executive Director of Not On Our Watch, an advocacy and grant making non-profit founded by George Clooney, Matt Damon, Brad Pitt and Don Cheadle. With the goal of stopping and preventing mass atrocities, Wagner traveled to troubled hot spots including Myanmar, Sudan and Zimbabwe.
Wagner then became the White House correspondent for Politics Daily, a political news magazine, where she chronicled a number of international and domestic affairs ranging from the BP oil spill to the Egyptian revolution. She then moved to The Huffington Post, where she covered innovation in the American economy, investigating the intersection of business, politics and new technology.
In 2011, Wagner began hosting Now with Alex Wagner. In 2016, she joined The Atlantic magazine as a senior editor. In addition to writing for The Atlantic, Wagner would moderate events with AtlanticLIVE and help with developing video and TV projects with The Atlantic Studios. In November 2016, she joined CBS This Morning Saturday. March 17, 2018 was her last appearance on CBS This Morning Saturday as she confirmed she would be leaving that show to co-host The Circus for Showtime. She remains a correspondent for CBS News.