Manu Raju Wiki – Manu Raju Biography
Manu Raju is an American journalist who serves as the Chief Congressional Correspondent at the news network CNN, covering the United States Congress and campaign politics. He previously reported for Politico as a senior Capitol Hill correspondent and for other D.C. news outlets as well.
He has won multiple journalism awards for his reporting on D.C. and his coverage of campaign politics. He moderated debates for the 2014 United States Senate election in Colorado and the 2014 Colorado gubernatorial election. He has regularly interviewed major political figures on national TV, including House Speakers Paul Ryan and Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, former Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, Sen. Marco Rubio, Sen. John McCain, and Sen. Lindsey Graham.
He first started working on the assignment desk at WMTV in Madison, Wisconsin, before moving to Washington, D.C. in 2002. There, he took a job with Inside Washington Publishers, covering environmental policy. He later worked for Congressional Quarterly, The Hill, and Politico, where he reported for seven years before joining CNN in September 2015. Before joining CNN, he was a regular guest on many networks and programs, including NBC’s Meet the Press and CBS’ Face the Nation.
He has developed a reputation for finding out what politicians are discussing behind the scenes and broke major stories during the 2013 government shutdown and during Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s high-profile reelection race in 2014. In 2016 for CNN, he was the network’s lead correspondent covering Sen. Marco Rubio’s presidential campaign, covered extensively the GOP establishment’s struggle with Donald Trump, and broke big news in high-profile Senate races, including in New Hampshire.
In 2017, he was featured on the cover of the India Abroad newspaper, which dubbed him the “King of the Hill” for his reporting on key decision-makers in the United States and on Capitol Hill.
He broke a major news story in January 2017 when he detailed a stock trade that raised ethical and legal questions for Tom Price, President Donald Trump’s Health and Human Services nominee. The Trump administration requested a retraction, but fact-checkers found Raju’s story to be accurate, and Wemple called his reporting on the story “a model of careful and measured journalism.”
Some of his notable awards are; In 2012, he was part of a team of four reporters that won the White House Correspondents Association’s prestigious Merriman Smith Memorial Award for presidential reporting under deadline pressure for their coverage of the 2011 debt ceiling crisis. In 2015, he was awarded first prize by the Society of Professional Journalists in D.C. for beat coverage of the 2014 midterm elections, and a Folio Eddie Award for a feature profile he co-authored on Senator Elizabeth Warren. In 2015, Washington Life magazine named him one of the city’s “movers and shakers” under the age of 40 and was inducted into the Hall of Fame for his high school, Hinsdale South.
He was honored with the 2016 Joan Shorenstein Barone Award in 2017 for excellence in Washington-based reporting of Congressional and political affairs for his coverage of Congress and campaign politics. He was given the award at the 2017 Radio and TV Correspondents Association dinner in Washington, where the host, Bobby Bones, credited his “tenacity” and “relentless” coverage.
He went to study at Hinsdale South High School, graduating in 1998. He attended the University of Wisconsin–Madison, graduating in 2002 with a degree in business administration. In college, he worked as the sports editor for The Badger Herald student newspaper.
Manu Raju Age
He was born on February 9, 1980 in Downers Grove, Illinois, United States.
Manu Raju Wife
He is married to his wife, Archana Mehta. They have twins.
Manu Raju Children
He is a parent of twin children, a boy and girl, born in 2015.
Manu Raju Family
He grew up in Darien, Illinois,as the son of Dr. Tonse N. K. Raju and Vidya Raju who migrated from Karnataka, India in the 1970s and both later worked at the National Institutes of Health. His father, Tonse Raju, is a neonatologist and formerly a professor of pediatrics at the University of Illinois at Chicago. His grandfather Gopalakrishna Adiga, was a poet from South India who wrote in Kannada.
Manu Raju Controversy
CNN had to retract an exclusive report in 2017, done him together with Jeremy Herb that the Trump Campaign, including Donald Trump Jr, had access to hacked documents from WikiLeaks before such documents were publicly available, as it was found to be incorrect. This was criticised by Julian Assange, and Donald Trump Jr tweeted at him, “I won’t hold my breath for an apology, or for you to call out your puppet masters on the left that fed you BS knowing you would gleefully run with it without ever checking the other side”. However, CNN stated it would not take disciplinary action as he had followed CNN’s editorial standards process, though a mistake was made.
In January 2020, he was termed as a “liberal hack” by Senator Martha McSally (R-Ariz.) after asking her, in the Senate hallways, if the Senate should consider new evidence as part of the Trump impeachment trial.He received support from the Capitol Hill press corps, National Press Club, and Radio and Television Correspondents’ Association after the event.
Manu Raju Siblings
He has a brother, Sharat Raju , a film and television director.
Manu Raju Nationality
He is of American nationality.
Manu Raju Instagram
Manu Raju’s Instagram account, https://www.instagram.com/manu_raju/ has over 12k followers. His bio reads, Chief Congressional Correspondent, CNN. Covering Capitol Hill and campaign politics. Die-hard Chicago sports fan. Wisconsin Badger for life. He is also found on twitter as www.twitter.com/mkraju