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Josh Daniel is Slate's managing editor. Before joining the magazine in 1999, he worked as an editor at Microsoft's Houston Sidewalk, Texas Monthly, and the Houston Press. He graduated from Rice University. 

Kathleen Kincaid is the design director of Slate. Before joining Slate, she worked on Encarta, Microsoft's multimedia encyclopedia, and the national photo-documentary project From the Hip. Her design work can be seen on book covers for Seal Press. She is a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill and the School of Design's Master's program at NSCU. 

Michael Kinsley, editor of Slate, founded the publication in June 1996. In 1999, he was named Editor of the Year by the Columbia Journalism Review. Previously, he was senior editor at the New Republic in Washington, D.C., and co-host of the CNN program Crossfire. He is also a contributing writer at Time magazine.


Kinsley served two stints as editor of the New Republic and has also been editor of Harper's magazine, managing editor of the Washington Monthly, and American survey editor of the Economist in London. For 11 years, he wrote the "TRB From Washington" column for the New Republic, which also appeared in the Washington Post and other newspapers. He also has written a regular column for the Wall Street Journal. His writing has appeared in The New Yorker, Condé Nast Traveler, Vanity Fair, and many other publications.

Kinsley attended Harvard University, Oxford University, and Harvard Law School and is a member of the District of Columbia bar.

Cyrus Krohn is associate publisher, and a founding editor, of Slate. He directed the political advertising division for, the Microsoft Network, for the 2000 presidential election cycle. Prior to joining Microsoft, Krohn produced programs for CNN's Crossfire and Larry King Live. Previously, Krohn served in the White House as an intern to Vice President Dan Quayle. He graduated from Lynchburg College, Virginia.  

Scott Moore is the publisher of Slate; he manages its advertising sales, circulation, product development, and marketing. Previously, Moore was advertising manager for the Expedia® travel service. Moore also served as director of business development and advertising for after joining Microsoft Corp. as acquisition editor in June 1994. He holds a Master's degree in business administration from the University of Washington and a Bachelor's degree in visual and environmental studies from Harvard University.


Moira Redmond is Slate's Fray Editor. She moved to America from England in 1997. Before that she worked for the BBC World Service; was chief reporter at a big city radio station; produced and presented radio programs; wrote for national TV, magazines, and newspapers; and wrote a book on etiquette (which still sells in India).  

June Thomas writes "International Papers" and is Slate's copy chief. Before joining the magazine she was an editor and foreign rights manager at Seal Press and managing editor of Women in Translation, a publishing company specializing in women's writing from around the world. She was born and raised in Manchester, England. 

Eliza Truitt is an associate editor at Slate, where she writes the "Summary Judgment" and "Shopping" columns. Before that, she worked as an assistant editor at Villard Books and Doubleday. She is frequently interviewed on WTIC, a Hartford, Conn., radio station, to discuss her shopping columns and has written for Rolling Stone and the Boston Globe.

New York


David Edelstein is the movie critic for Slate and has also written film criticism for the Village Voice, the New York Post, and Rolling Stone. His features have appeared in Vanity Fair, Vogue, and New York. He is the author of the play Blaming Mom and the co-author, with Christine Vachon, of a best-selling book on independent filmmaking, Shooting to Kill.

David Greenberg writes Slate's "History Lesson" column and other occasional features. Previously, he worked as an editor of Slate's culture section. Now a Whiting Fellow at Columbia University, he received his Ph.D. in American History in May 2001. He has served as acting editor and managing editor of the New Republic and has written for, among other publications, the New York Times Book Review, the Atlantic Monthly, and ForeignAffairs. His forthcoming book about Richard Nixon's place in American culture will soon be published by W.W. Norton. He lives in New York City. 

Jodi Kantor edits Slate's "Culturebox," "Diary," and "Book Club" features. Her writing has appeared in Slate, the New York Times Book Review, and Rolling Stone. Kantor dropped out of Harvard Law School to join Slate. Before that, she worked as an aide to New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani.

Jodi Sternoff is associate publisher of Slate. Previously, Sternoff served as director of new product development for the book club division of Time Inc. Sternoff also worked in marketing and product development for U.S. News & World Report, Times Mirror Magazines, and the McGraw Hill Companies. Prior to that, she worked as an aide to the U.S. Senate Labor and Human Resources Committee. She received an MBA from Columbia University and her B.A. from Indiana University.


Jacob Weisberg is Slate's chief political correspondent and the originator of its "Strange Bedfellow" column. He also writes the "Ballot Box" column. Before joining Slate in 1996, he wrote about politics for magazines including the New Republic, Newsweek, Vanity Fair, and New York. He is also a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine. He authored the 1996 book In Defense of Government.

Washington, D.C.

Bryan Curtisis a Slate assistant editor. He edits the "Sports Nut" column, writes the "Terror Attack Roundup," and contributes to "In Other Magazines." A graduate of the University of Texas, Curtis' work has appeared in the New Republic, where he was a reporter-researcher.

Dahlia Lithwick is a senior editor at Slate. She writes "Supreme Court Dispatches" and has covered the Microsoft trial and other legal issues for Slate. Before joining Slate as a free-lancer in 1999, she worked for a family law firm in Reno, Nev. Her work has appeared in the NewRepublic, Elle, the Ottawa Citizen, and the Washington Post. She is co-author of an upcoming legal humor book (Workman Press, Spring, 2002). She is a graduate of Yale University and Stanford Law School. 

Jennifer Mendelsohn is a Washington, D.C.-based free-lance writer/editor who writes Slate's "Keeping Tabs" column. Her work, focusing mainly on popular culture, entertainment, and the media, has appeared in nationally recognized magazines including People (where she served for several years as a special correspondent), USA Weekend, Washingtonian, Lingua Franca, Worth, and George. A graduate of the University of Virginia, Mendelsohn has also worked for the Associated Press and Time-Life Books.  

Timothy Noah writes Slate's "Chatterbox" column. Previously, he was an assistant managing editor at U.S. News & World Report, a reporter in the Washington bureau of the Wall Street Journal, and an editor of the Washington Monthly.

David Plotz is the Washington bureau chief for Slate. Before joining the magazine in 1996, Plotz was senior editor and staff writer for the Washington City Paper. Plotz has written for the New York Times Magazine, Harper's, Rolling Stone, the New Republic, and the Washington Post, among other publications. His 1999 article on South Carolina's gambling industry was a finalist for the National Magazine Award and won the National Press Club's Sandy Hume Award. Plotz is a graduate of Harvard University. 

William Saletan has spent 15 years covering politics for magazines of the left, right, and center. He specializes in explaining how politicians manipulate public opinion, often invisibly, by shaping the way current events are described and changing the perspective from which they are viewed. He edited the Hotline in its formative years and now writes Slate's "Frame Game" column. Saletan is also the author of a forthcoming book on the politics of abortion.

Jack Shafer is the deputy editor of Slate. He has edited city weeklies across the nation, including the Washington City Paper and the San Francisco Weekly and has written on new media for the New York Times Magazine, on the press for the New Republic, and on drug policy for Science 85. His byline has also appeared in the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post

Chris Suellentrop writes Slate's "Explainer" column. Previously, he edited "Sports Nut," and during the 2000 presidential campaign he wrote and edited Slate's "Politics" page. He has also written for Governing, Harper's Bazaar, and the Industry Standard.

Emily Yoffe writes the "Explainer" column for Slate. She has also written for Slate on medical, political, and cultural topics, and created the "Keeping Tabs" column. Her articles have appeared in many publications including the New York Times Magazine, Esquire, Details, Rolling Stone, and the Washington Post. She was a senior editor at Texas Monthly and a correspondent for Newsweek. She was also a Knight Fellow at Stanford University.


Matt Gaffney makes Slate's weekly political crossword puzzle. His crosswords have appeared many times in the Washington Post, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the Los Angeles Times.

Margo Howard writes the "Dear Prudence" column for Slate. An experienced columnist, she was a feature section columnist for the Chicago Tribune and the Chicago Daily-News. Her column of social commentary was syndicated nationwide. Howard has written for many publications, including TV Guide, The Nation, the New Republic, People, the Critic, Boston magazine, and New York Newsday. She is the author of Eppie: the Story of Ann Landers, a family memoir published in 1981.

Mickey Kaus writes "Kausfiles," which is based on his own political Web site,, started in 1999. He has written about public policy for Newsweek and several other publications, including the New Republic and the Washington Monthly, where he remains a contributing editor. Kaus published The End of Equality in 1992. The book was co-winner of the 1992 Washington Monthly Political Book Award. Kaus currently lives in Los Angeles.

Steven E. Landsburg writes "Everyday Economics" for Slate and is the author, most recently, of Fair Play: What Your Child Can Teach You About Economics, Values, and the Meaning of Life.

Robert Pinsky edits Slate's poems. His most recent book of poems is Jersey Rain. He is a contributor to the NewsHour With Jim Lehrer and from 1997-2000 was U.S. poet laureate.

Scott Shuger is a senior writer at Slate whose column "Today's Papers" covers the big daily newspapers. His writing has appeared in each of the papers he writes about: the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today, as well as in other newspapers and magazines. He once worked as a researcher for PrimeTime Live. He has also done two stints with the U.S. government: one as a writer and editor for a federal commission and one as an intelligence officer in the U.S. Navy.  

Inigo Thomas writes Slate's "Omnivore" column. He was born in Washington, D.C., grew up in London, and has resided in Manhattan since 1993. He has been an editor at the London Review of Books, Lingua Franca, and George

Rob Walker is the "Moneybox" columnist for Slate and a contributing writer for Money magazine. He has worked as an editor for the New York Times Magazine, Money, Fortune, SmartMoney, and the American Lawyer. A native of Texas, he now lives in New Orleans.