Dylan Byers is a senior media reporter for CNN Media and CNN Politics. He has been quite popular with the network’s viewers.
Byers was previously a media reporter for Politico. He also worked at Adweek as media and tech reporter. He has also served as a research assistant to famous New Yorker writers such as Philip Gourevitch, George Packer, and Jane Kramer. He graduated from Bard College in 2008.
He currently lives in Los Angeles, California.
Byers began his journalism career in early 2011 as a reporter for Adweek. With help from Ben Smith, Byers launched Politico On Media blog in November 2011.
His stint in CNN was announced in September 2015 by a fellow media reporter Brian Stelter. Byers initially joined the network as a senior reporter for media and politics. Byers contributes to the Sunday media show Reliable Sources. He is also involved with other CNN programs.
In 2012, Byers was dragged into a controversy when he reported in Politico that President Barack Obama's girlfriend in Dreams from My Father was a composite character. It was acknowledged by Obama in the book. Aggregating the story from a chapter in David Maraniss's Barack Obama: The Story, excerpted in Vanity Fair, Byers adapted it into a micro-news story. He had headlined the issue "Obama: 'New York girlfriend' was composite." The Drudge Report linked to the story, and Rush Limbaugh said the report showed Obama had “invented” the girlfriend. However, Byers later updated the story noting that Obama had previously said the girlfriend mentioned in the book was a composite character.
Byers was also criticized for a critical profile about former New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson entitled “Turbulence at The Times". It had quoted many anonymous staffers who said she was “difficult to work with”. Several commentators had then labeled Byers's piece as sexist.
Even with the ups and downs in his professional career, Byers has been able to secure a name for himself in the industry. He has even won several awards for his achievements and contributions.
With his handsome salary and earning from his networks that he has worked with throughout his career, Byers has accumulated several properties to his name and is estimated to have a net worth of $3 million.