Michelle Fields is a well-known name in American political journalism. She is one of the many women who got caught up in a controversy with the then-presidential hopeful Donald Trump during his race for the nation’s highest seat. Fields had pressed charges against Trump’s campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski for grabbing and shoving her while she attempted to get her questions to Trump. Here is all you need to know about who Michelle Fields is in 5 quick but detailed facts.
5 Facts You Need To Know About Michelle Fields
1. Fields has Honduran roots and is a Californian native.
Michelle Fields was born on the 10th of January 1988, in Los Angeles, where she attended Calabasas High School in Calabasas, California. She was raised by her Honduran grandmother who taught her to speak Spanish. Fields was born to Xiomara Fields, and Greg Fielddad, the latter, her dad Greg Fields is a TV and film writer. Michelle attended Pepperdine University from where she graduated in 2011 with a degree in political science.
2. Michelle Fields’ style of journalism, she’s likened to Citizen Journalism.
Simply put, Citizen journalism is when an individual who does not have much training in journalism or a basic journalism background, avails his or herself with the basic tools needed for journalism (including modern technology) in order to collect and disseminate news and information. Citizen journalism is also a confrontational style of journalism. Fresh out of college in 2001, Michelle first gained national recognition following her exchange with actor Matt Damon over teacher tenure reform.
At the time of her confrontation with Damon, Fields was working as a reporter for the Daily Caller. She then became a contributor for Fox News in September 2014 before becoming a political reporter for Breitbart News in November 2015.
3. Her squabble with Donald Trump’s campaign manager Corey Lewandowski led to her resignation from Breitbart News.
Fields took to Breitbart News’ online platform on March 10, 2016, to report what had transpired between her and Corey Lewandowski after a news conference in Jupiter, Florida on March 8, 2016. According to her story, she was attempting to get questions to the presidential candidate when suddenly, someone’s arm violently grabbed her, yanked her down, causing her to jolt backwards as she managed to maintain her stamina.
Fields said she couldn’t immediately recognize who it was because of the crowd, but that Ben Terris of the Washinton Post quickly told her that the shove came from Trump’s campaign manager Corey Lewandowski.
After her story hit the waves, the Trump campaign immediately denied her allegations after which Fields took to Twitter to post a photo of her bruised left arm with visible finger marks. A Twitter brawl would later ensue between her and Trump.
On March 11, 2016, Fields took to the Jupiter Police Department to file a criminal complaint against Lewandowski who was later on March 29th charged with misdemeanour simple battery. After investigations, prosecutors threw out the case on April 14th, stating that though there were facts that Corey did grab Fields’ arms against her will, the evidence was “insufficient to support a criminal prosecution.”
Her employer Breitbart issued a statement demanding an apology from the Trump camp if the story she told them was true, however, by March 13, 2016, Fields resigned from her job citing dissatisfaction with Breitbart’s way of handling the matter.
4. Fields was employed by The Huffington Post two months after her resignation from Breitbart.
By May 2016, Fields had begun reporting for The Huffington Post and in June 2016, she published a book Barons of the Beltway: Inside the Princely World of our Washington Elite which included details of the incident.
Fields has made appearances on other news platforms including Sky News, Fox and Friends, CNBC, The O’Reilly Factor, America’s Newsroom, and more. She once served as the panellist for the Fox News program Cashin’ In.
5. She is married to a fellow political journalist, Jamie Weinstein.
During the time of her controversy with Lewandowski, Michelle Fields was in a relationship with a political journalist, opinion commentator, and satirist, Jamie Weinstein. It was Weinstein who first took to his Twitter account to report the incident of Fields being grabbed at the Jupiter news conference. The Twitter post in which he called Lewandowski a thug garnered lots of attention after which Fields would address the incident herself.
Weinstein and Fields became engaged in late May 2016 and got married on the 24th of June 2017.