Matt Bai (/ˈbaɪ/) is an American journalist, author and screenwriter. Since 2014, he has been the national political columnist for Yahoo! News. On July 25, 2019, via Twitter, Bai announced he was leaving Yahoo! News to "focus on screenwriting.” For more than a decade prior to that, he was the chief political correspondent for the New York Times Magazine, where he covered three presidential campaigns, as well as a columnist for the Times. His cover stories in the magazine include the 2008 cover essay “Is Obama the End of Black Politics?” And a 2004 profile of John Kerry titled “Kerry’s Undeclared War.” His work was honored in two editions of The Best American Political Writing. Bai is a graduate of the College of Arts and Sciences at Tufts University in Medford, MA and Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism, where the faculty awarded him the Pulitzer Traveling Fellowship. In 2014, Bai had two brief appearances as himself in the second season of TV show House of Cards.