Meet Gabe Fleisher.
Gabe Fleisher’s love for politics and history began at an early age, sparked by following the intrigue of the 2008 presidential election as a six-year-old. In April 2011, his passion turned to action when he began publishing his own daily political email blast and sending it to a lone subscriber: his mom. Nearly a decade later, Wake Up To Politics is now sent to 50,000 readers in every U.S. state and dozens of countries around the globe — but its core mission of making politics accessible remains the same.
As Editor-in-Chief, Gabe is the sole staffer of Wake Up To Politics and is responsible for all content, which he writes himself every weekday morning. He also runs the Wake Up To Politics social media accounts, which have a combined audience of over 35,000. Gabe has interviewed a wide range of political figures, from Nancy Pelosi and Jill Stein to Rand Paul and Sandra Day O’Connor. For Wake Up To Politics, Gabe has received press credentials to cover numerous political events, including presidential debates and addresses. He has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, and NPR, and been profiled by The New York Times, The Washington Post, The New Yorker, NBC News, Politico, Columbia Journalism Review, and other news outlets.
In May 2019, Gabe was the first journalist to report on New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s plans to run for president, a scoop that earned him nationwide attention and an interview with the mayor himself. In March 2020, he was called on to ask a question of President Joe Biden in the first-ever Zoom press briefing held by a presidential candidate.
During the 2020 election cycle, Gabe hosted the Wake Up To Politics Podcast, a partnership with St. Louis Public Radio. For his work on the podcast, Gabe received the 2020 Horace Mann Friend of Education Award from the Missouri National Education Association. He is also the author of one book, Hear Us Roar, a history of his elementary school, and was Editor-in-Chief of his high school newspaper, The World. Gabe is a recipient of the 2014 Lincoln Forum Student Scholarship and the Kids Voting Missouri Pioneer Award; he was recognized by The Forward as one of the 50 most influential Jews in the United States in 2019 and by Microsoft as a “Person of Action” in 2016. He was also a nominee for Forbes’ 2019 “30 under 30 in media” list. Gabe, 19, is a freshman at Georgetown University in the class of 2024.