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Kate Zernike has been a reporter for the New York Times since 2000. She is the author of Boiling Mad: Inside Tea Party America, published by Times Books/Henry Holt 2010.

At The Times, she was a member of the team that shared the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for explanatory reporting for a series of stories about Al Qaeda and the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. As a longtime national reporter for the paper, she has covered education, criminal justice, health care, Congress, and presidential politics. She has written for every section of the paper, from Styles to Sports, and was among the lead reporters covering Hurricane Katrina and the Abu Ghraib prison abuse scandal. From 2012 to 2015, she was The Times' New Jersey correspondent. Ms. Zernike began her career at The Patriot Ledger in Quincy, Massachusetts, and was a reporter for the Boston Globe from 1995 to 2000.

She received her undergraduate degree in History and English from the University of Toronto and a masters degree from the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University, where she has taught as an adjunct professor. Born and raised in Connecticut, she lives in Montclair with her husband and sons.