Carla Marinucci

Senior Writer, POLITICO California Playbook


Carla Marinucci, POLITICO’s California Playbook reporter, has been consistently named one of California’s leading political writers and top political bloggers. Prior to joining POLITICO last year, Marinucci was senior political writer for the Hearst flagship San Francisco Chronicle, and before that for the Hearst-owned San Francisco Examiner. She has covered presidential elections since 1996, and six California gubernatorial elections, including the historic recall with Arnold Schwarzenegger, as well as the administrations of four California governors. In 2013, she was honored by the Society of Professional Journalists with a lifetime achievement award for her coverage of California politics.

Internationally, she has covered major developments including the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991, the opening of business markets in China to the U.S. in the 1980s, border politics including the visits of U.S. Presidents and California governors to Mexico. As an award-winning investigative reporter at both the Chronicle and the Examiner, she reported on a wide range of issues including the abuse of immigrant laborers in California, and the rise of drug trafficking and organized crime in Oakland and the Bay Area, including the Hells Angels.

Fluent in Spanish, she graduated from San Jose State University and studied at the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico in Mexico City and has traveled by bus, truck and train from the U.S. Border to the tip of South America.<

She has been named a Casey Journalism Fellow at the University of Maryland and has been twice honored as a Media Fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution. She has been a featured analyst on CNN, MSNBC, Al Jazeera, Fox News, Irish Newstalk Radio, the BBC, and Australian Broadcasting, and is a regular political analyst on KPCC Los Angeles, an NPR station; ABC7 television in the Bay area, as well as KCBS, KGO, and SIRIUS XM’s POTUS Press Pool.


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