The sourcing, packaging, and delivery of information are key aspects of journalism. The profession also happens to be one of the few jobs in this world that does not get as much credit as it deserves and the practitioners of this trade rarely get any praise for all the work they do. Philip Rucker is one of the few who is widely recognized for the work he does in the world of journalism. Keep reading to learn more about this decorated journalist and writer.
Philip Rucker – Bio
Philip James Madelen Rucker was born on the 20th of March, 1984. There is not a lot of information on his parents or childhood; it would appear that for a person who spends time collating information on public figures and happenings peculiar to the American people and their politics, he has found a way to keep aspects of his life very private.
His high school education was at St. Andrew’s School located in Savannah, Georgia. Working with this, it is safe to assume that he spent a significant amount of time in his childhood in Georgia. Rucker was the best graduating student of his class and because of this, he was the valedictorian of that set. In 2006, Philip Rucker graduated from the Ivy League University, Yale, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History. Getting into Yale which is one of the eight Ivy League Universities that are notoriously known for how difficult it is to get into, speaks to the academic prowess of this journalist. It was while he was at Yale that he began his career in journalism and news writing. This career is rooted in the work he did as an editor and reporter, working at the Yale Daily News.
In 2005, before his graduation from Yale, Rucker worked as an intern at the prestigious Washington Post, he was in the department of Metro Reporting.
After his internship, he was retained and continued in the line of metro reporting. This he did for one more year until 2007. He later got promoted and was made to focus more on political happenings, the first politically inclined event he worked on was the Maryland political scene of 2007 to 2008. By 2010, he was rounding up his career as a National Political Reporter at the paper. Rucker’s career has experienced immense growth since his beginnings at Yale.
He was part of the group that covered the news around Congressional happening and by 2012; he was covering the campaign of the presidential aspirant, Mitt Romney. His rise through the ranks has happened so quickly, thanks to his approach to political events and his style of writing. These two elements have worked in his favour and helped maintain the career he had and still has at the Washington Post.
In 2014, Philip Rucker was saddled with the responsibility of being the National Political Correspondent and from 2017 till date; he holds the position of White House Bureau Chief, this means he focuses on reporting on the events of the Trump administration for the Washington Post.
For his genius and hard work, Philip Rucker is the recipient of a Pulitzer, which is the highest award in the world of Journalism.
Does He Have A Wife Or Is He Gay?
As earlier mentioned, Philip Rucker has found a way to shield his private life from the public eye. As a result of this, it is not known if he is married or not.
There have however been speculations about the state of his sexuality. These speculations come from Rucker’s loud and staunch stance on the decriminalization of same-sex marriage; his voice was loudest when there were talks about the law on seam-sex marriage. There was an occasion which took place in 2012 and Philip Rucker used the medium of his pen to convey his message of decriminalization. He has also remained silent about the state of his sexuality and love life.
Facts About Philip Rucker
1. Philip Rucker is an active user of the social media platform Twitter and is known to air a lot of views on that medium, with his follower count exceeding three hundred thousand. He can also be found on Instagram.
2. He was a finalist for the Pulitzer in 2009, the award would have been for him and his team’s coverage of the tragic 2009 Fort Hood shooting.
3. The other awards he has won include a George Polk award and a Gerald R. Ford award.