Michelle Fields Biography - Political Journalist

Corey Lewandowski - Trump campaign manager arrestedMichelle Joann Fields (born January 10, 1988) is an American political journalist who is a former Breitbart News Network reporter as well as a former Fox News Channel contributor. Upon graduating from Pepperdine University in 2011, she gained national attention after having a confrontation with actor Matt Damon over teacher tenure reform. After the altercation, Fields was hired as a reporter at The Daily Caller. Fields left The Daily Caller in 2012, later becoming a correspondent for PJ Media. Fields is a regular panelist on the Fox News program Cashin' In.

Fields was raised in the Los Angeles area and attended Calabasas High School in Calabasas, California. Fields is of partial Honduran descent and is the daughter of television and film writer Greg Fields. She studied political science at Pepperdine University, graduating in 2011. She served as the president of the Pepperdine chapter of Students For Liberty, a libertarian student organization. Fields films and edits her videos in a citizen journalism style. She credits the internet for launching her career and believes that the popularity of her videos is due to her style of reporting. In an interview with C-SPAN in 2011 she said that the use of the internet has empowered people so much that now "one voice can be just as powerful as the New York Times."

Corey Lewandowski - Trump campaign manager arrestedIn 2011, Fields was interviewed by Brian Lamb on the C-SPAN's Q&A about her reporting style. Fields has appeared on CNBC, Sky News, Fox News, Hannity, The O'Reilly Factor, Fox and Friends First, Your World with Neil Cavuto, America's Newsroom, Fox and Friends, America Live with Megyn Kelly, Stossel, and Red Eye w/Greg Gutfeld. Fields was featured in Details magazine as one of "the next wave of political pundits." In 2012, Fields gave a TEDx talk on her career and the future of internet journalism. In 2015, The Hill newspaper named her one of the 50 most beautiful people in Washington, D.C. In September 2014, Fields became a contributor at the Fox News Channel. In November 2015, Fields joined the Breitbart News Network as a political reporter.

In March 2016, while on assignment for Breitbart.com, Fields was allegedly the victim of battery by Corey Lewandowski, the Trump campaign manager, at a news conference at the Trump National Golf Club in Jupiter, Florida.[12] Fields said that when she attempted to ask Donald Trump a question as he was exiting the rally, Lewandowski grabbed and yanked Fields, leaving bruises on her left forearm. The Washington Post reporter Ben Terris, who allegedly witnessed the incident, identified Lewandowski. Fields is in a relationship with Jamie Weinstein, senior editor of The Daily Caller.

Corey Lewandowski - Trump campaign manager arrestedFields filed a criminal complaint with the local police department alleging battery. The Trump campaign denied Fields' account, as did Lewandowski on his Twitter feed where he denied touching her. Lewandowski characterized Fields as delusional, suggesting that she was lying and had fabricated the story just to attract attention to herself.

Thereafter, law enforcement officials retrieved surveillance video recordings of the incident, which showed Lewandowski behind Fields and Trump who were walking side-by-side in conversation, with Lewandowski suddenly approaching Fields from behind, reaching toward her and grabbing her arm, jerking her backward and away from Trump as he stepped past Fields and proceeded to walk with Trump. Fields resigned from Breitbart News on March 13, 2016 over the site's response to her alleged assault. On March 29, 2016, Lewandowski was charged with battery by the Jupiter Police Department.
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