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A new chapter for Wake Up To Politics

Dear *|FNAME|*,

Wake Up To Politics will return to your inbox tomorrow. But first, I wanted to send you a note with a few requests and an explanation of my plans for the year ahead.

Just as it is a time of major changes across the globe, tomorrow’s newsletter will mark a transition point for me as well: I have graduated high school, and I will be beginning (via Zoom) my first college course.

As many of you know, I will be attending Georgetown University for the next four years. I had hoped that would mean moving to a dorm in Washington, D.C., and being able to expand the original reporting offered in Wake Up To Politics alongside taking classes. Unfortunately, Georgetown announced last week that they would not be welcoming students back to campus this fall.

However, I am currently working on obtaining credentials to cover the White House and Capitol and I’m still hoping to move to D.C. in some capacity soon. My vision is that I will be able to take classes online while also covering and interviewing the major players in the capital for my newsletter and podcast — thus making Wake Up To Politics even more valuable to you as you start your mornings and look to understand the day’s biggest headlines.

As I transition into this exciting new phase in my life, it is my hope that Wake Up To Politics will grow and evolve as well. To that end, I’ve put together a survey to better understand what my readers are looking for and see if there are new ways I might be able to help you navigate the complex political scene. I hope you will fill it out and offer your feedback.

How else can you support Wake Up To Politics as I embark on this new chapter?

1. You can donate to support my work. I haven’t asked much over the years, but now that I am a college student soon hoping to be living on my own in D.C., anything you can give to support me in my journalistic pursuits would be greatly appreciated. There are costs involved in creating and sending Wake Up To Politics, but I am committed to always keeping the newsletter free for all. If you appreciate my work, you can donate here. You can also set up a recurring donation and treat it like a (voluntary) monthly subscription charge.

2. You can forward the newsletter or share it in your social media feeds. I am amazed by the growth Wake Up To Politics has had over the past few years — and so much of it has been because readers like you have shared the newsletter with your friends, family, and colleagues. It would mean so much to me if you sent a link to wakeuptopolitics.com to a few people in your life who might appreciate it, or shared about the newsletter on social media.

3. You can subscribe to the Wake Up To Politics Podcast. New episodes of the podcast drop every other week; in each one, I am joined by an expert guest to step outside of the daily news cycle and break down a different part of the political process. Past episodes have focused on the vice presidential selection process, the future of the two-party system, mail-in voting, and more. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Play, or Stitcher.

4. You can follow Wake Up To Politics on social media. Don’t miss out on my latest political analysis or new adventures in the political arena! Here are the links to find Wake Up To Politics on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.


It is a crucial time for journalism and for citizens to be informed about what’s going on. I cannot wait to jump back into covering the most important stories, from coronavirus to the 2020 campaign, to help you better understand the news cycle. I am so honored by your trust and support, and thank each one of you for your continued readership.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me at gabe@wakeuptopolitics.com with any questions, feedback, etc. My resolution for this school year is to be better about responding to emails so if you’ve emailed me in the past but I never got back to you: try me one more time! There is nothing I love more than hearing from my readers and listeners.

Thank you again, and I hope each of you is staying safe and well in these extraordinary times.

Gabe Fleisher