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Alessandra Stanley is an American journalist and television critic who was born in 1955 in Boston, MA. She graduated from Harvard University in 1977 with a degree in English and American literature. Stanley began her career as a reporter for The Boston Globe in 1979. She then moved to The New York Times in 1983, where she worked as a reporter and editor for the next two decades. In 2003, she became the television critic for The New York Times, a position she held until 2013. Stanley has written for numerous publications, including The New Yorker, The Atlantic, and The New Republic. She has also appeared as a guest on various television programs, including The Daily Show, The Colbert Report, and Real Time with Bill Maher. As of 2021, Alessandra Stanley's net worth is estimated to be roughly $2 million. She has earned her wealth through her career as a journalist and television critic.

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As of 2017, Stanley is no longer employed by the Times.


Stanley, who is Caucasian, wrote an article for The New York Times in September 2014 entitled "Wrought in Rhimes's Image: Viola Davis Plays Shonda Rhimes's Latest Tough Heroine" about television series How to Get Away with Murder and the career of its African-American producer, Shonda Rhimes. Stanley wrote, "When Shonda Rhimes writes her autobiography, it should be called 'How to Get Away With Being an Angry Black Woman'" and made comments about African-Americans that were seen as offensive. Stanley's piece, wrote the Times's Public Editor, Margaret Sullivan, "struck many readers as completely off-base. Many called it offensive, while some went further, saying it was racist". Stanley defended her piece, writing in an email message to Talking Points Memo, "[t]he whole point of the piece -- once you read past the first 140 characters -- is to praise Shonda Rhimes for pushing back so successfully on a tiresome but insidious stereotype". The organization Color of Change called for a retraction from the Times.


Among Stanley's notable columns are her critical take on the series finale of The Sopranos, her assessment of Jerry Sandusky's denial of charges of pedophilia to NBC and her coverage of Russian television on the eve of the 2012 Russian presidential election.


In the fall of 2011, Stanley taught a class at Princeton University called "Investigative Viewing: The Art of Television Criticism", described as an "intensive introduction to criticism as it is undertaken at the highest level of a cultural institution".


Several news and media organizations, including the Times, have criticized the accuracy of Stanley's reporting. Among the articles that they have criticized are a September 5, 2005, piece on Hurricane Katrina, a 2005 article that mistakenly called the sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond "All About Raymond," and a July 18, 2009, retrospective on the career of Walter Cronkite that contained errors. In an August 2009 article examining the mistakes in the Cronkite piece, Clark Hoyt, the Times' s public editor, described Stanley as "much admired by editors for the intellectual heft of her coverage of television" but "with a history of errors". Then executive editor Bill Keller defended Stanley, saying "She is — in my opinion, among others — a brilliant critic". In April 2012, Salon contributor Glenn Greenwald described her New York Times review of Julian Assange's television debut as "revealing, reckless snideness" and "cowardly".


She was born in Boston, Massachusetts, and grew up in Washington, D.C., and Europe. She is the daughter of defense adviser to NATO Timothy W. Stanley. She studied literature at Harvard University and then became a correspondent for Time, working overseas as well as in Los Angeles and in Washington, D.C., where she covered the White House. Stanley then moved to The New York Times as a foreign correspondent, first as co-chief of their Moscow bureau, and then Rome bureau chief. In 2003 she became the chief television critic for The New York Times. She has also written for The New York Times Magazine, The New Republic, GQ and Vogue. Stanley lives in New York City with her daughter.


In 1993, Alessandra Stanley received The Matrix Award from Women in Communications, and in 1998, she received the Weintal Prize for Diplomatic Reporting.


Alessandra Stanley (born October 3, 1955 in Boston, Massachusetts) is an American journalist. As of 2019, she is the co-founder of a weekly newsletter "for worldly cosmopolitans" called Air Mail, alongside former Vanity Fair editor-in-chief Graydon Carter.