Schmidt (born September 1983) is a two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning American journalist, author, and correspondent for The New York Times in Washington, D.C.
and national security contributor for MSNBC and NBC News.
He covers national security and federal law enforcement and has broken several high-profile stories.
Among the stories was the existence of Hillary Clinton's private email account.
He won a Pulitzer Prize for breaking the news that President Trump had asked the F.B.I.
director James B.
Comey for a loyalty pledge, and to close the federal investigation into his former national security adviser.
That story led the Justice Department to appoint a special counsel to investigate President Trump.Schmidt also broke several stories about doping in baseball.
With another reporter at the Times, Schmidt won a Pulitzer Prize for a story about sexual harassment allegations against Fox News personality Bill O'Reilly that led to Fox firing O'Reilly.
He shared the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service and the 2018 Gerald Loeb Award for Investigative business journalism for stories on the sexual predator allegations against film producer Harvey Weinstein that led to the rise of the Me Too movement.