Azi Paybarah is a 2017 – 2018 Knight-Wallace Fellow, at the University of Michigan. Prior to this, he was a senior reporter at POLITICO New York and was a co-writer of POLITICO New York Playbook. He has covered politics for the New York Observer, WNYC, The New York Sun, and the New York Press. Azi grew up in Queens and studied in Albany. He is on sabbatical in Michigan until spring 2018.