Meet the Founder

Learn how Ksenija Pavlovic McAteer is leading the mission of The Pavlovic Today and shaping the future of independent journalism.

Ksenija Pavlovic Mcateer, Founder of The Pavlovic Today

I ventured into Pavlovic Today upon realizing that the forum on domestic and global politics run by people who are actually experts in their fields was missing. I also wanted to give a voice to young people and to my students at Yale University. Youth are a very important part of the future of this country and they have strong opinions and fresh ideas about the political leadership and the role the U.S. should play in the world. These young people deeply care about issues, they are full of ideals and I wanted to give them an equal role in public discourse. If the politicians knew how to connect with them genuinely, instead of treating them as consumers of news and ideas, we would have better policies. We cover the White House on a daily basis and provide perspective on the topics that need a second look, or are underreported.

I wanted to be at the source, rather than consume already filtered information. I also realized that there was no indie media in the press corps. Corporate media dominates the U.S. media landscape and while in Hollywood you have the independent film scene that is equally important as the big productions, that trend is missing in journalism. While I had arrived to the White House Press Corps at the end of Obama’s term, the difference was immediately evident. Under Obama, everything was polished and structured, there were no surprises in terms of what you have to cover. Trump, on the other hand, thrives in chaos and likes to keep the press corps on their toes.  —Ksenija Pavlovic Mcateer, Founder & Editor in Chief of The Pavlovic Today

Ksenija Pavlovic Mcateer is an independent White House Correspondent currently covering the Trump administration. She is a published author, political scientist, entrepreneur, U.S. military spouse and an uncompromising advocate for the freedom of the press.

Press freedoms 

Pavlovic made international headlines and was hailed as a hero by the American public for breaking the White House’s camera ban by streaming the press briefing via the Periscope app. In 2018,  Pavlovic has been awarded a Poynter Fellowship in Journalism for her talk at Yale University: The State of Free Press in Trump’s America.

In 2019, Sam Donaldson, Todd J. Gillman, Andrew Feinberg, Johanatah Karl and Ksenija Pavlovic filed affidavits in support of the legal case led by Ted Boutrous to reinstate Brian Karem’s White House press pass. 

Political journalism

Pavlovic is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of The Pavlovic Today, an independent American news outlet with a critical presence in the White House Press Corps and regularly covers and provides analysis on all major news-events, press briefings, presidential press conferences and visits by heads of states. Pavlovic frequently provides on-air political commentary for BBC and Sky News in the UK.

Pubic service

In 2018, as the only U.S. military spouse in the D.C. cohort, Pavlovic was selected to take part with her media venture The Pavlovic Today in an entrepreneurial We Work, Veterans in Residence program.

Global advocacy 

Pavlovic served as a Managing Editor of the Novak Djokovic Foundation, a partner of the World Bank, where she assisted tennis great Novak Djokovic’s calls for global action in ending inequality in Early Childhood Education. 

International journalism 

Pavlovic conducted interviews with celebrities and global leaders such as Arianna Huffington, Steve Forbes, Sir Richard Branson, Novak Djokovic Karlie Kloss, Marion Cotillard, Elisabeth Moss, President of the World Bank Jim Yong Kim, Tiffany Shlain, Martin Amis, Lars Von Trier, Monica Bellucci, Abel Ferrara, Adolfo Dominguez, Adam Brody, Rade Serbedzija, Michel Franco, Ema Suarez, Andrey Zvyagintsev, Claudia Cardinale, among many others.

In her international journalism career, she has provided political commentary for BBC NewsnightSky TV, DW, NTN24and has been featured in The Washington Post, Huffington Post, The Hill, CBCGrazia, The Independent, The Yale Globalist, Lisa Wexler Show, She Files,  among several other internationally acclaimed media.

Pavlovic wrote for the Spectator Magazine, The Yale Herald, and she reported from the Balkans, London, and Madrid, serving as a Special Foreign Correspondent for the leading national outlets in Serbia such as Jefimija Magazine, Duga, Press Novine, Nedeljnik, The Original etc.

Growing up in a dictatorship, Pavlovic became aware early on of what it means to be limited in freedom of expression, with no movement in travel across borders. After the fall of Milosevic, she conducted a series of exclusive interviews with the members of the first democratically-elected Serbian government including a former president of Serbia, Boris Tadic. 

Academia

Ksenija Pavlovic has teaching experience in International Affairs, Politics and Security from Yale University at both undergraduate and graduate levels. She served as a Head Writing Fellow at the Yale Graduate Writing Center as well as the fellow of the prestigious Research and Travel Award in Grand Strategy from International Security Studies at Yale University, and the Roger Hertog fellowship in Religious Violence at Columbia University.

As a Teaching Fellow at Yale University, she taught  “The Hero in the Ancient Near East” and a graduate course about American Christianity at the Yale Divinity School. Pavlovic also assisted the production of an online version of Ian Shapiro’s Moral Foundations of Politics course at Yale, which is now available on Coursera.

Pavlovic holds an M.Sc. in European Politics from the London School of Economics, an M.A. in American Politics, and a B.A. in Journalism and Communication from the University of Belgrade. She also studied at a doctoral level at the University Complutense in Madrid and Yale University. She speaks English, Spanish, Serbian and Croatian.

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