Michelle Fields is a well-known name in American political journalism. She is one of the many women who got into a controversy with then-presidential candidate Donald Trump during the race for the nation’s highest seat. Fields had brought charges against Trump’s campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, for grabbing and shoving her while trying to direct her questions to Trump. Here’s everything you need to know about Michelle Fields in 5 quick but detailed facts.
5 Facts You Need To Know About Michelle Fields
1. Fields have Honduran roots and are a Californian native.
Michelle Fields was born on January 10, 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 the daughter of Xiomara Fields, and Greg Fielddad, the latter, her father Greg Fields, is a television and film writer. Michelle attended Pepperdine University, which she graduated from 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 a person who does not have a comprehensive journalistic education or background uses the basic tools of journalism (including modern technology) to gather and disseminate news and information. Citizen journalism is also a confrontational style of journalism. After graduating from college in 2001, Michelle first gained national recognition after discussing teacher staffing reform with actor Matt Damon.
At the time of her confrontation with Damon, Fields was working as a reporter for the Daily Caller. In September 2014 she became a staff writer for Fox News 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 went to the online platform of Breitbart News on March 10, 2016, to report on what had happened between her and Corey Lewandowski following a press conference in Jupiter, Florida, on March 8, 2016. According to her story, she was trying to ask questions of the presidential candidate when she was suddenly violently grabbed by someone’s arm and pulled down so that she tore backward when she managed to maintain her stamina.
Fields said that because of the crowd she could not immediately see who it was, but that Ben Terris of the Washington Post quickly told her that the shot came from Trump’s campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski.
After her story hit the waves, the Trump campaign immediately denied her allegations, and Fields went on Twitter to post a photo of her bruised left arm with visible fingerprints. Later there was a Twitter brawl between her and Trump.
On March 11, 2016, Fields turned to Jupiter Police to file criminal charges against Lewandowski, who was later charged with a simple assault offense on March 29. After the investigation, prosecutors dismissed the case on 14 April on the grounds that, although there were facts that Corey had taken Fields into her arms against her will, the evidence was “not sufficient to support prosecution”.
Her employer, Breitbart, issued a statement demanding an apology from the Trump camp if the story she told them was true. However, on March 13, 2016, Fields quit her job on the grounds that she was dissatisfied with Breitbart’s handling of the matter.
4. She is married to a fellow political journalist, Jamie Weinstein.
During the period of her controversy with Lewandowski, Michelle Fields was in a relationship with a political journalist, opinion commentator, and satirist, Jamie Weinstein. Weinstein was the first to access his Twitter account to report on the incident when Fields was kidnapped at the Jupiter press conference. The Twitter post, in which he called Lewandowski a gangster, attracted a lot of attention, which prompted Fields himself to comment on the incident.
Weinstein and Fields became engaged in late May 2016 and married on 24 June 2017.
5. Fields were employed by The Huffington Post two months after her resignation from Breitbart.
In May 2016, Fields began reporting for The Huffington Post, and in June 2016 she published the book Barons of the Beltway: Inside the Princely World of our Washington Elite, which contained details of the incident.
Fields are also featured on other news platforms, including Sky News, Fox, and Friends, CNBC, The O’Reilly Factor, America’s Newsroom, and others. She once served as a panelist on Fox’s Cashin’ In news program.