The Daily
Hosted by
GenreLong-form journalism, Political podcast
UpdatesWeekdays, by 6 a.m.[1]
Lengthavg. 20–25 minutes
  • Theo Balcomb
  • Andy Mills
  • Lisa Tobin
  • Rachel Quester
  • Lynsea Garrison
  • Annie Brown
  • Clare Toeniskoetter
  • Paige Cowett
  • Michael Simon Johnson
  • Brad Fisher
  • Larissa Anderson
  • Wendy Dorr
  • Chris Wood
  • Jessica Cheung
  • Alexandra Leigh Young
  • Jonathan Wolfe
  • Lisa Chow
  • Eric Krupke
  • Marc Georges
  • Luke Vander Ploeg
  • Adizah Eghan
Theme music composed byJim Brunberg and Ben Landsverk
No. of episodes1,760 (as of February 2023)[1]
Original releaseFebruary 1, 2017 (2017-02-01)
Cited for2020 Webby Voice of the Year
ProviderThe New York Times
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The Daily is a daily news podcast produced by the American newspaper The New York Times, hosted by Michael Barbaro and Sabrina Tavernise. Its weekday episodes are based on the Times reporting of the day, with interviews of journalists from The New York Times. Episodes typically last 20 to 30 minutes.


The Daily launched in January 2017, hosted by the Times political journalist Michael Barbaro,[2] as an extension of The New York Times' 2016 election-focused podcast, The Run-Up.[3]

The Daily is based on interviews with Times journalists,[4] in which they summarize and comment on their story, and is complemented by recordings related to the topic, or original reporting such as interviews with persons involved in the story, and letting them speak uninterrupted.[5] A summary of headlines concludes the podcast.

The Daily is free to listen and financed by advertising; it is profitable according to the Times.[6] The Times said it intended to build a news podcast franchise around it, beginning with a spin-off podcast, The New Washington, in summer 2017.[7] The New Washington ran from July 2017 until December of the same year.[8] A children's edition of The Daily was also planned.[9] In January 2019, The Daily launched a weekly newsletter.[10]

In March 2022, Barbaro was joined by the second host Sabrina Tavernise, following her guest hosting and reports including the Russian invasion of Ukraine.[11]

Opening theme

The opening theme for The Daily is composed by Jim Brunberg and Ben Landsverk of the band Wonderly. It has been inspired by Barbaro suggesting the composers the theme for the series Westworld, and the siren element has been to act as "the audio DNA of the show and metaphor for the show itself."[12] A slight variation entitled "Daily Theme" was featured on Wonderly's 2018 self-released digital album Homefront.[13]

Spinoff TV series

Main article: The New York Times Presents

The success of the podcast led to a weekly documentary series The Weekly on FX, with its first episode airing on June 2, 2019.[14] Initially, The Weekly was a narrative investigative journalism docuseries covering recent topical news and cultural stories, which later lead into longer documentaries, as The New York Times Presents.[15]


Started in January 2017, The Daily became a noted success for the Times; TheStreet described it as "a phenomenon, an out-of-the-blue hit."[7] It had 3.8 million individual listeners by August 2017,[16] and was regularly in the top ten most-listened podcasts by autumn 2017.[7] The New Yorker attributed this success, in part, to the podcast's "conversational and intimate" tone, which made news more accessible, and to Barbaro's "idiosyncratic intonation" (he is known to say "hmm" after interesting commentary from guests, a habit that has generated much online commentary from listeners[17]).[4]

The podcast began being syndicated to radio by American Public Media in 2018.[18] As of June 2018, the podcast receives 1.1 million downloads every weekday,[19] and 2 million in January 2020.[20] It was recognized as the Webby Voice of the Year, a Special Achievement award at the 2020 Webby Awards.[21]

See also


  1. ^ a b "The Daily on Apple Podcasts". Apple Podcasts. Retrieved May 7, 2022.
  2. ^ "Michael Barbaro, Journalist". Brief but Spectacular. March 29, 2018. Retrieved November 25, 2019.
  3. ^ Schneier, Matthew (January 21, 2020). "The Voice of the Podcast Generation". Intelligencer. Retrieved February 5, 2020.
  4. ^ a b Mead, Rebecca (August 21, 2017). "An Appreciation of Michael Barbaro and "The Daily"". The New Yorker. Retrieved November 19, 2017.
  5. ^ Wichter, Zach (March 9, 2018). "How 'The Daily' Sounds Out the News". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved May 7, 2022.
  6. ^ Siegel, Tatiana (April 12, 2019). "Michael Barbaro and 'The Daily' Podcast Team on Launching 'The Weekly' FX Series, Working With a Romantic Partner". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved June 16, 2019.
  7. ^ a b c Doctor, Ken (October 17, 2017). "New York Times' breakthrough 'The Daily' soars past 100M download mark". TheStreet. Retrieved November 19, 2017.
  8. ^ Grinapol, Corinne (July 31, 2017), The New York Times Unveils Another Politics Podcast, Called The New Washington, retrieved January 16, 2019
  9. ^ "A regular New York Times kids' section and a kids' version of The Daily are on the way this month". Nieman Lab. Retrieved November 19, 2017.
  10. ^ "Subscribe to a Newsletter From 'The Daily'". The New York Times. January 14, 2019. Retrieved June 16, 2019.
  11. ^ "Sabrina Tavernise Joins 'The Daily' as a Host". The New York Times Company. March 3, 2022. Retrieved May 2, 2022.
  12. ^ hrishikesh (February 6, 2019). "Bonus Episode: The Daily from The New York Times". Song Exploder. Retrieved May 7, 2022.
  13. ^ "Homefront by Wonderly". Apple Music.
  14. ^ Koblin, John (May 9, 2018). "With 'The Weekly,' The New York Times Gets Serious About TV". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved June 2, 2019.
  15. ^ Andreeva, Nellie; Petski, Denise (July 7, 2020). "'The Weekly' Successor, Monthly Docuseries 'The New York Times Presents', Set On FX & Hulu". Deadline. Retrieved January 15, 2021.
  16. ^ ""The Daily" Exceeds 100 Million Downloads". The New York Times Company. October 17, 2017. Retrieved November 19, 2017.
  17. ^ Barbaro, Michael (May 24, 2019). "About Those Hmms (Published 2019)". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved January 26, 2021.
  18. ^ Falk, Tyler (February 13, 2018). "New York Times' 'The Daily' podcast headed to public radio". Current. Retrieved April 28, 2018.
  19. ^ Johnson, Eric (June 18, 2018). "Michael Barbaro explains why The Daily podcast doesn't cover Donald Trump's tweets". Recode. Retrieved June 16, 2019.
  20. ^ "What makes The Daily so unique? • PodMust". PodMust. January 26, 2020. Retrieved March 10, 2020.
  21. ^ Kastrenakes, Jacob (May 20, 2020). "Here are all the winners of the 2020 Webby Awards". The Verge. Retrieved May 22, 2020.