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Preceded by
Nicolle Wallace

Succeeded by
Mark Wallace (m. 2005)

Full Name
Nicole Devenish

TV shows
The View

Political party
Liam Wallace

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February 4, 1972 (age 52) Orange County, California (

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It's Classified: A Novel, Eighteen Acres: A Novel, Madam President: A Novel

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Nicolle Wallace (née Devenish; February 4, 1972) is an American journalist, author, anchor of Deadline: White House, and chief political analyst for MSNBC and NBC News. She served as the White House Communications Director during the presidency of George W. Bush and in his 2004 re-election campaign. In 2008, Wallace also served as a senior advisor for the McCain–Palin campaign. She was a co-host of the long-running talk show The View and is a frequent contributor and guest host on MSNBC programs The 11th Hour with Brian Williams and Morning Joe, as well as on NBC's Today Show.


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Political career

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Briefly an on-air reporter in California, Wallace started her political career working in California state politics.

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In 1999, she moved to Florida to serve as Governor Jeb Bush's press secretary, and then became the Communications Director for the Florida State Technology Office in 2000. Wallace worked on the 2000 Florida election recount.

White House and Bush-Cheney '04

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Wallace joined the White House staff during President George W. Bush's first term, serving as Special Assistant to the President and Director of Media Affairs at the White House, where she oversaw regional press strategy and outreach.

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In 2003, Wallace joined the Bush–Cheney '04 campaign as the Communications Director, where according to The New York Times, "she delivered her political attacks without snarling."

On January 5, 2005, Bush named Wallace White House Communications Director. The New York Times story announcing her presidential appointment carried the headline: "New Aide Aims to Defrost the Press Room," and described Wallace's intentions "to improve the contentious relationship between a secretive White House and the press." According to The Washington Post, Wallace served as "a voice for more openness with reporters", and former colleagues describe Wallace as having been "very persuasive in the halls of the West Wing." She left the White House in July 2006 to relocate to New York City, where her husband Mark was representing the Bush Administration at the United Nations.

Her White House colleague, presidential political advisor Mark McKinnon, called her a "rare talent in politics."

McCain-Palin campaign

Wallace also served as a senior advisor for the McCain-Palin campaign in 2008. She appeared frequently on network and cable news programs as the campaign's top spokesperson and defender.

In late October 2008, campaign aides criticized vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin. One unnamed McCain aide said Palin had "gone rogue," placing her own future political interests ahead of the McCain/Palin ticket, directly contradicting her running mate's positions, and disobeying directions from campaign managers. In response to reports of dissension within the McCain-Palin campaign, Wallace issued a statement to both Politico and CNN saying: "If people want to throw me under the bus, my personal belief is that the most honorable thing to do is to lie there."

Wallace was portrayed by Sarah Paulson in the 2012 film Game Change. Wallace described the film as highly credible, saying the film "captured the spirit and emotion of the campaign." Wallace also told ABC News Chief Political Correspondent George Stephanopoulos that the film was "true enough to make me squirm."

Wallace has stated she did not vote for a presidential candidate in 2008 because Sarah Palin gave her pause.

Other work

Wallace is a political commentator regularly featured on television news programs. She is represented by Leading Authorities speakers bureau.

In February 2013, Wallace publicly supported legal recognition for same-sex marriage in an amicus brief submitted to the U.S. Supreme Court.

White House novel series

She is the author of the 2010 novel Eighteen Acres (a reference to the 18 acres on which the White House complex sits), a fictional narrative about three powerful women at the top of their careers—the first female U.S. President, her chief of staff and a White House correspondent. Wallace said, "It's my best attempt at a story that I hope people will pick up and read and enjoy and maybe feel like they're getting to see what it's really like in the White House in this entirely fictional story."

Eighteen Acres received praise from several sources and across the political spectrum. Patrick Anderson of The Washington Post wrote, "To say that Nicolle Wallace's 'Eighteen Acres' is one of the best novels I've read about life in the White House may be faint praise—there haven't been many good ones—but her book is both an enjoyable read and a serious look at what high-level political pressures do to people." Craig Wilson of USA Today wrote, "Nicolle Wallace actually knows what she's talking about" and Ashley Parker of The New York Times called the book "an engaging, easy read." TV personalities such as George Stephanopoulos, Rachel Maddow, John King, and Andrea Mitchell also praised Eighteen Acres.

In September 2011, Wallace published the sequel to Eighteen Acres, It's Classified, about a fictional presidential campaign troubled by a mentally ill vice presidential candidate. Wallace said the premise was inspired by her experience as a Senior Adviser to the McCain/Palin campaign.


On September 3, 2014, ABC announced Wallace would join The View as a new co-host alongside newcomer Rosie Perez. The premiere episode of the new season aired on September 15, 2014. In July 2015, it was confirmed that Wallace would leave the show at the end of the season.

Wallace serves in a number of capacities with NBC News and its cable network MSNBC. She is a frequent contributor and guest host on MSNBC's Morning Joe, as well as a contributor on NBC's Today Show. Beginning in 2016, Wallace, along with Brian Williams, Rachel Maddow, and Eugene Robinson, served as chief political commentator for MSNBC's live coverage of election results.

Since May 9, 2017, Wallace has hosted her own weekday afternoon show Deadline: White House.

Personal life

Wallace, the eldest of four children, was born in Orange County, California, and grew up in Orinda, California, a town across the bay from San Francisco. Her mother was a third-grade teacher assistant in the public schools, and her father was an antiques dealer. Her grandfather, Thomas Devenish, was a Manhattan antiques dealer, part of "Devenish and Company". He was born in England to parents who were vaudevillians and immigrated to the United States with his family in 1947. Wallace is also of Greek descent.

Wallace, a 1990 graduate of Miramonte High School, received a B.A. in mass communications from the University of California, Berkeley in 1994, and a master's degree from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism in 1996. She lives in New York City and Connecticut with her husband, who was a Bush-appointed U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, and in 2014 he was CEO of both the Tigris Financial Group and the nonpartisan United Against Nuclear Iran. They have a son who was born in 2012.

Wallace is close friends with Katie Couric and CNN's Dana Bash.

Published works

  • Wallace, Nicolle (2010). Eighteen Acres: A Novel. Atria Books. ISBN 978-1439194829. 
  • Wallace, Nicolle (2011). It's Classified: A Novel. Atria Books. ISBN 978-1451610963. 
  • Wallace, Nicolle (2015). Madam President: A Novel. Atria Books/Emily Bestler Books. ISBN 978-1476756899. 
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