Slate's masthead: Who we are

Who We Are

Who We Are

Who we are.
Oct. 1 2001 4:29 PM

Who We Are

Slate's staff.


Julia Turner is Slate's editor in chief. Working from Slate's New York office, she oversees the magazine and edits pieces on technology, culture, and design. She also writes regularly for the magazine (all too often about the TV show Mad Men) and is one of the hosts of Slate's weekly Culture Gabfest podcast. Before joining Slate, she worked at Time Inc.—first in magazine development and later at Sports Illustrated Women.

Keith Hernandez was named president of Slate in October 2015. Formerly, he served as VP of brand strategy at BuzzFeed, where he led revenue and brand strategy efforts in North America and Australia.  Hernandez established BuzzFeed’s global sales operations in Canada and the United Kingdom, and extended its international footprint in Australia, Asia, and Latin America. A veteran of Microsoft, Vevo, Blip Networks, and the Onion, Hernandez is a graduate of Miami University (Ohio) with a B.A. in creative writing. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and daughter.


Jacob Weisberg is chairman and editor in chief of The Slate Group, a unit of the Graham Holdings Co. devoted to developing Web-based publications. Weisberg joined Slate shortly after its founding in 1996 as chief political correspondent. He succeeded Michael Kinsley to become Slate's second editor from 2002 until 2008, when he handed the job over to David Plotz. Before joining Slate, Weisberg wrote about politics for magazines including the New Republic, Newsweek, New York Magazine, Vanity Fair, and the New York Times Magazine. His most recent book is Ronald Reagan: The American Presidents Series: The 40th President, 1981-1989. He is also the author of the 2008 New York Times best-seller The Bush Tragedy; the co-author, with Robert E. Rubin, of In an Uncertain World (2003); and the author of the 1996 book In Defense of Government, the 2000 e-book The Road to Chadville, and the Bushisms series.


Dan Check is vice chairman of The Slate Group. He previously served as director of technology. Before joining Slate, he managed the data warehouse at Catalist, a political data vendor. He is a graduate of Pomona College and currently lives in Washington, D.C.

Staff and Contributor Biographies

Holly Allen is a Slate designer. A graduate of the University of Georgia, Allen lives in Atlanta with her husband, Tripper, and their twin boys, Alex and Max.


L.V. Anderson is a Slate associate editor. She edits Slate's food and drink sections and writes Brow Beat's recipe column, You're Doing It Wrong.


David Auerbach is a writer and software engineer who has worked for Google and Microsoft. He writes the Bitwise column.


Allison Benedikt is Slate’s news director. Previously she was the film editor for the Village Voice, and has been a writer and editor at the Chicago Tribune and Brill’s Content. She’s a native of Youngstown, Ohio, graduated from the University of Michigan, and lives in Brooklyn.


Laura Bennett is a Slate senior editor. She co-edits Slate’s culture blog, Brow Beat, oversees Slate’s TV coverage, and helps edit books pieces, among other things. Previously she was the culture editor of Salon, and, before that, a staff writer at the New Republic. She's a graduate of Yale University.

Jeffrey Bloomer is a Slate associate editor. He produces videos and is an occasional contributor to Slate's culture blog, Brow Beat, and LGBTQ section, Outward. A graduate of the University of Michigan, he is based in New York.


Torie Bosch is the editor of Future Tense, which is a partnership of Slate, the New America Foundation, and Arizona State University. Future Tense's mission is to explore how emerging technologies affect policy and society. She is a graduate of Penn State University.


Jamelle Bouie is a Slate’s chief political correspondent. He covers politics, policy, and race.


Andy Bowers, the creator and executive producer of Slate podcasts, and of Gabfest Radio from Slate and WNYC, is the co-founder and chief content officer of Panoply. Before joining Slate, he was a longtime correspondent and producer for National Public Radio; among other postings, he served as NPR's bureau chief in both London and Moscow and covered the wars in Bosnia and Kosovo. He is a graduate of Yale University and lives in Los Angeles.

Jacob Brogan writes about technology and culture for Slate. He holds a Ph.D. in English literature from Cornell University.


Christina Cauterucci is a staff writer on women and gender for Slate’s DoubleX. She is the former arts editor of Washington City Paper and has worked on NPR’s arts desk. A two-time Georgetown University graduate, Cauterucci lives in Washington, D.C.


Isaac Chotiner is a contributing writer for Slate. He was previously a senior editor at the New Republic. He lives in Oakland, California.

Tommy Craggs is Slate’s politics editor.


John Dickerson is a Slate political columnist. He is also the moderator of Face the Nation. Previously, he worked for Time magazine in New York and Washington, finishing his stint as a White House correspondent. He is the author of On Her Trail, a biography of his late mother, the television newscaster Nancy Dickerson. He graduated from the University of Virginia.


Daniel Engber writes about science, culture, and sports for Slate. He has a graduate degree in neuroscience and has worked in research labs at Columbia, UCSF, and the National Institutes of Health.


Jonathan L. Fischer is a Slate senior editor working on business, technology, politics, and other topics. He previously worked as the arts editor and managing editor of Washington City Paper.


Michelle Goldberg is a columnist for Slate. She is the author of three books: Kingdom Coming: The Rise of Christian Nationalism, The Means of Reproduction: Sex, Power and the Future of the World, and The Goddess Pose: The Audacious Life of Indra Devi, the Woman Who Helped Bring Yoga to the West. Her work has appeared in the New Yorker, the New York Times, the Nation, New York and many other places.

Henry Grabar is a staff writer at Slate. He likes buildings, trains, and maps.


Aisha Harris is a culture blogger for Slate. Her work has also appeared in the New York Times online, The Dissolve, and the Hartford Courant. A graduate of Northwestern University and NYU, she lives in Brooklyn.

Chelsea Hassler is Slate’s deputy audience engagement editor. Before joining Slate, she was head of the content-licensing team at Storyful and managed scripted sales and co-productions at BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the BBC. A native New Yorker, Hassler graduated from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and holds an MFA in writing from Columbia University and an MBA in entertainment, media, and technology from NYU’s Stern School of Business.

Eric Holthaus is Slate's meteorologist and writes about weather and climate for Future Tense. His work has also appeared in the Wall Street Journal and Quartz. He lives in Wisconsin.

Aymann Ismail is a video editor/producer for Slate Video. Before joining Slate, he was the video editor/photographer for Animal New York magazine, where he documented violent protests in Egypt, climbed bridges above the East River, explored subway tunnels with graffiti writers, and asked pet owners what they thought their dogs were thinking.


Derreck Johnson is a Slate Web designer. He is a graduate of LIU Post and a born-and-bred New Yorker (currently residing in Brooklyn). Prior to Slate, he held a position as a Web production designer at Time Inc. for and Essence Festival.

Andrew Kahn is Slate’s assistant interactives editor. He’s a recent graduate of Yale University and a member of the experimental comedy troupe His Majesty, the Baby.

Fred Kaplan

Fred Kaplan writes the War Stories column for Slate as well as occasional pieces on culture and consumer electronics. He is the author of The Insurgents: David Petraeus and the Plot to Change the American Way of War (which was a Pulitzer Prize finalist), 1959: The Year Everything Changed (2009), Daydream Believers: How a Few Grand Ideas Wrecked American Power (2008), and The Wizards of Armageddon (1983), as well as a former staff reporter for the Boston Globe, having been its military correspondent, Moscow bureau chief, and New York bureau chief. A regular writer on jazz and hi-fi for Stereophile, he has also written on a variety of subjects for the New York Times, New York Magazine, Atlantic Monthly, the New Yorker, Scientific American, and others. A long time ago, he was the foreign and defense policy adviser to Rep. Les Aspin. He graduated from Oberlin College and has a Ph.D. in political science from MIT. He lives in Brooklyn.

Josh Keating

Joshua Keating is a staff writer at Slate focusing on international news, foreign policy, and social science. Before coming to Slate, he was an editor for six years at Foreign Policy. A native of Brooklyn and graduate of Oberlin College, he currently lives in Washington, D.C.


Chris Kirk is the interactives editor of Slate. Before joining Slate, he worked at Yahoo. He is a graduate of Northwestern University.

Dan Kois

Dan Kois is Slate's culture editor. He edits and writes stories about books, TV, movies, sports, music, theater—you know, whatever. He is also a contributing writer at the New York Times Magazine and was the founding editor of New York's Vulture blog. He also wrote a book about the Hawaiian musician Israel Kamakawiwo'ole called Facing Future. Before all that, he was a film development executive and a literary agent. He lives in Arlington, Virginia.

Rachael Larimore

Rachael Larimore is a Slate senior editor and its former managing editor. A graduate of Ohio University's journalism school, she was a sportswriter for various newspapers and websites before coming to Slate.

Lisa Larson-Walker is Slate’s associate art director, based in Brooklyn. She also is the editor of Slate's Instagram account. She is a graduate of the Cooper Union School of Art, and previously worked at Newsweek and the Daily Beast.

Josh Levin

Josh Levin is Slate’s executive editor and hosts the sports podcast Hang Up and Listen. Before coming to Slate, he wrote for the Washington City Paper. Levin, a native of New Orleans, graduated from Brown University.

Steve Lickteig is the executive producer of Slate podcasts. Previously, he was the executive producer of NPR’s Weekend All Things Considered. He’s also the director of the documentary film Open Secret.

Dahlia Lithwick

Dahlia Lithwick is a senior editor at Slate and host of the podcast Amicus. She writes Supreme Court Dispatches and has covered the Microsoft trial and other legal issues for Slate. Before joining Slate as a freelancer in 1999, she worked for a family law firm in Reno, Nev. Her work has appeared in the New Republic, Elle, the Ottawa Citizen, and the Washington Post. She is co-author of Me v. Everybody: Absurd Contracts for an Absurd World, a legal humor book. She is a graduate of Yale University and Stanford Law School.

Lowen Liu is Slate's managing editor and the editor of Dear Prudence.

Chad Lorenz

Chad Lorenz is Slate's news editor. A graduate of the University of Nebraska, he previously worked at the Washingtonian magazine and the Washington Post.

J. Bryan Lowder

J. Bryan Lowder is a Slate associate editor. He writes and edits for Outward, Slate’s LGBTQ section, and for the culture section.

Evan Mackinder is Slate’s audience engagement editor. Prior to joining Slate, he managed social media and engagement strategy at the Sunlight Foundation and A graduate of the University of Michigan and a native Michigander, he currently lives in Washington, D.C.

Ben Mathis-Lilley edits the Slatest. His prior employers include New York magazine, BuzzFeed, and Taco Bell.


Susan Matthews is a Slate senior editor overseeing the science and health section. Before joining Slate, she launched and edited A graduate of Dartmouth College and NYU’s Science, Health, and Environmental Reporting Program, she lives in Brooklyn.

Natalie Matthews-Ramo is a Web and interactive designer for Slate. She is a graduate of Rhode Island School of Design.

Seth Maxon is Slate’s home page editor for evenings and weekends. Previously, he was a producer for WNYC’s The Takeaway and has written for the Atlantic, NPR’s Planet Money, the Columbia Journalism Review, In These Times, and others. He is a graduate of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and the University of Chicago.

A.J. McCarthy is a Slate Video blogger. His work has also appeared in Men’s Journal, and he writes primarily about sports, politics, and culture. Originally from the Boston area, he now lives in Brooklyn.


Abby McIntyre is a Slate copy editor. She was previously an editor at Politico and is a graduate of Smith College.

Stephen Metcalf is Slate's critic at large and host of the Culture Gabfest. He is working on a book about the 1980s.


Laura Miller is a books and culture columnist for Slate. She was a co-founder of, where she was the New York editorial director and a staff writer. Her work has appeared in the New Yorker, Harper’s, the Guardian and the New York Times Magazine, as well as the New York Times Book Review, where she wrote the “Last Word” column for two years. She is the author of The Magician’s Book: A Skeptic’s Adventures in Narnia.

Ayana Morali is the executive producer for Slate Video. Previously, she worked at Reuters, CNN, and ABC. She lives in Brooklyn.


Jim Newell is a Slate staff writer covering politics. He previously served on the staffs of Salon, Gawker, and Wonkette, and his freelance work has been featured in numerous publications including Bookforum, the Guardian, the New Republic, the Baffler, the American Prospect, and the Daily Beast. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Jim lives in Washington D.C.

Lily Hay Newman

Lily Hay Newman is the lead blogger for Future Tense, writing daily on how technology intersects with culture, politics, science, and basically everything. She has written for Fast Company, Gizmodo, Popular Mechanics, and others.


Leon Neyfakh is a Slate staff writer. He covers criminal justice. He previously wrote for the Ideas section of the Boston Globe and for the New York Observer.


Helaine Olen is a columnist for Slate, where she is the voice of the Bills, as well as a regular contributor to DoubleX and Moneybox. She's the author of Pound Foolish: Exposing the Dark Side of the Personal Finance Industry and the co-author of The Index Card: Why Personal Finance Doesn’t Have to be Complicated. She also writes the Spread the Wealth personal finance column for Inc. magazine. She has appeared on The Daily Show With Jon Stewart and on the PBS series Frontline.


Rebecca Onion is Slate’s history writer and runs the site’s history blog, the Vault. Her writing has also appeared in Aeon Magazine, the Virginia Quarterly Review, the Atlantic online, and the Boston Globe's Ideas section. A graduate of Yale University, she holds a Ph.D. in American studies from the University of Texas at Austin, and lives in Athens, Ohio.

Will Oremus

Will Oremus is Slate’s senior technology writer and a contributor to the Future Tense blog. He reports on emerging technologies, tech policy, and digital culture. Previously, he wrote for the Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, and the New Yorker online.


Mallory Ortberg writes Slate’s Dear Prudence column. She is the co-founder of the Toast and the author of Texts From Jane Eyre.


Willa Paskin is Slate’s TV critic. She previously worked at Salon and Vulture, among other places. She is a graduate of the University of Chicago.  

Mike Pesca

Mike Pesca is the host of Slate’s daily podcast The Gist. He was an NPR correspondent for more than 10 years, most of which were spent covering sports. He has guest hosted the public radio programs On the Media, The Brian Lehrer Show, The Leonard Lopate Show, Science Friday, Left Right and Center, Bullseye, On Point, To the Point, All Things Considered, Talk of the Nation, and Wait Wait Don't Tell Me. He has won two Edward R. Murrow broadcasting awards and regularly appears on MSNBC and CNN. 

David Plotz

David Plotz, the former editor of Slate, is host of the Political Gabfest and is also CEO of Atlas Obscura. Before joining the magazine in 1996, Plotz was a senior editor and staff writer for the Washington City Paper. Plotz has written for the New York Times Magazine, Harper's, Rolling Stone, GQ, the New Republic, and the Washington Post, among other publications. He is the author of The Genius Factory: The Curious History of the Nobel Prize Sperm Bank and, most recently, Good Book: The Bizarre, Hilarious, Disturbing, Marvelous, and Inspiring Things I Learned When I Read Every Single Word of the Bible, based on his "Blogging the Bible" series for Slate.

Dawnthea Price is a Slate copy editor. Previously, she was a copy editor at Mic and a reporter at the Free Lance–Star.

Hanna Rosin

Hanna Rosin is a founding editor of Slate's DoubleX. She co-hosts Slate’s DoubleX Gabfest and NPR’s Invisibilia. She got her start in journalism at the New Republic writing contrarian essays and more recently worked at the Washington Post, doing straight reporting, mostly on politics and religion. She has written for the New Yorker, the New York Times, and GQ, and appeared on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and The Colbert Report. She was born in Israel, grew up in Queens, New York, and went to Stanford University. She now lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband, former Slate editor David Plotz, and their three children. She is the author of God's Harvard: A Christian College on a Mission To Save the Nation and The End of Men.


Gabriel Roth is a Slate senior editor and the editorial director of Slate Plus. He is the author of The Unknowns, a novel.

William Saletan

William Saletan is Slate's national correspondent. He writes about science, technology, politics, and society. He is the author of Bearing Right: How Conservatives Won the Abortion War, which argues that pro-choice and pro-life activists have lost the abortion debate to a third constituency: libertarian conservatives.

Rebecca Schuman

Rebecca Schuman is Slate's education columnist. She writes about issues facing college students, faculty, and staff, as well as about German life, literature, and culture (especially grocery stores). Previously, she was a professor of German and comparative literature at the University of Missouri–St. Louis and Ohio State University. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of California–Irvine and is the author of Kafka and Wittgenstein: The Case for an Analytic Modernism (Northwestern University Press, 2015). She is currently completing her first non-academic book, an offbeat guide to Germany. It should be supergeil.

Heather Schwedel is a copy editor in Slate’s New York office. Previously, she worked in the editorial department at Workman Publishing.


Jeremy Stahl is a Slate senior editor. Before joining Slate, he worked as a sports editor at Yahoo U.K. in London and as a contributor for the Riviera Times in Nice, France.

Mark Joseph Stern

Mark Joseph Stern is a writer for Slate​. He covers science, the law, and LGBTQ issues.

Dana Stevens

Dana Stevens is Slate's movie critic. Previously, she wrote the Slate television and pop-culture column Surfergirl for two years. She has also written for the New York Times, the Washington Post Book World, Bookforum, and the Atlantic. She has a Ph.D. in comparative literature from UC–Berkeley and lives in Brooklyn.


Seth Stevenson is a longtime Slate contributor who has written about advertising, business, culture and technology. His work has appeared in the New York Times, New York, the Wall Street Journal, and Bloomberg Businessweek, among other publications. He has received multiple Lowell Thomas awards from the Society of American Travel Writers, won the 2005 Online Journalism Award for commentary, and was nominated for a 2011 National Magazine Award for Digital Media. He’s also the author of Grounded: A Down to Earth Journey Around the World.

John Swansburg

John Swansburg is Slate's deputy editor. Before joining Slate, he was the deputy editor of the Boston Globe Ideas section and a senior editor at Legal Affairs magazine. His writing has appeared in the Globe, the New York Times, and other places.

June Thomas

June Thomas is a Slate culture critic and edits Outward, the magazine's LGBTQ section. She was born and raised in Manchester, England.


Josh Voorhees is a Slate senior writer. Before joining Slate, he reported on politics and policy for Politico and Greenwire. He is a native of western New York, a graduate of Davidson College.


Mike Vuolo is senior producer of Slate podcasts and the creator of @lexiconvalley. He is a graduate of Brown University and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

Katy Waldman

Katy Waldman is Slate's words correspondent. She graduated from Yale University and lives in Washington, D.C. 


Jordan Weissmann is Slate’s senior business and economics correspondent. Before joining Slate, he was an editor at the Atlantic and staff writer for the National Law Journal. His writing has also appeared in the Washington Post.

Forrest Wickman

Forrest Wickman is a Slate senior editor. He writes and edits primarily for Slate’s culture blog, Brow Beat, and lives in New York.

Megan Wiegand is Slate’s copy chief. She is a graduate of Ohio State University and the Missouri School of Journalism.

Jessica Winter

Jessica Winter is Slate’s features editor. Before joining Slate, she was the culture editor at Time magazine, directing coverage of books and the arts. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, Bookforum, the Boston Globe, the Believer, and the Guardian. She holds a B.A. from Yale University and an M.A. from University College London, and lives in Brooklyn. Her first novel, Break in Case of Emergency, will be published by Alfred A. Knopf in 2016.