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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.

Anthony DeMaio is publisher of Slate. He previously served as vice president of national sales and associate publisher. Prior to joining Slate in 2012, Anthony was with Washington Post Digital, where he held several positions including director of East Coast advertising sales. He also served as a member of the Washington Post Strategic Counsel and Leadership Development Program. Having earned his B.A. and M.S. from Boston University, Anthony now lives with his wife and two sons in New York City, where he trains for his many athletic performances, including three Ironman competitions and 30 marathons and counting, including 12 NYC Marathons.  


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, The Bush Tragedy, was a New York Times bestseller in 2008. He is the co-author, with Robert E. Rubin, of In an Uncertain World (2003). He is also 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. Before joining Slate, she worked as an interactive designer for and as a design manager for She earned her bachelor's degree at the University of Georgia. Holly 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 assistant editor focused on video. He lives 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 staff writer. He covers politics, policy, and race.


Andy Bowers is the creator and executive producer of Slate podcasts, and of Gabfest Radio from Slate and WNYC. 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.


John Dickerson is Slate's chief political correspondent. He is also the political director for CBS News. 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.

Will Dobson

William J. Dobson is the politics and foreign affairs editor at Slate. Previously, he was an editor at Foreign Policy, Newsweek International, and Foreign Affairs. He has written on international politics for the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Financial Times, the New Republic, and others. He is also the author of The Dictator’s Learning Curve: Inside the Global Battle for Democracy. He is a graduate of Middlebury College and Harvard Law School, and holds a masters degree in East Asian Studies from Harvard University.

Rob Donnelly began illustrating for Slate early in 2006. His work has been featured in American Illustration and the Society of Illustrators. Rob is also a regular contributor for the artists' collective Meathaus Comics. He lives in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, N.Y.


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.


Alison Griswold is a staff writer covering business and economics for Slate's Moneybox blog. She previously wrote for Business Insider, Reuters, Forbes, and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and holds a bachelor's degree from Yale University.

Rachel E. Gross is an editorial assistant at Slate who writes about science and culture. Her writing has also appeared in Wired, the New York Times, the Atlantic, NPR, and New Scientist. She is a graduate of UC–Berkeley and Northwestern University.


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.


Laura Helmuth is Slate’s science and health editor, based in Slate’s Washington, D.C., office. Previously, she worked for Smithsonian and Science magazines. She has a Ph.D. in cognitive neuroscience from UC–Berkeley.


Amanda Hess is a Slate staff writer. Previously, she worked as an editor at GOOD magazine and a columnist at the Washington City Paper. Her work has appeared in ESPN the Magazine, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Wired, Elle, Details, the Village Voice, and The Book of Jezebel.

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.

Juliana Jiménez Jaramillo is a photo editor at Slate. She also writes about culture, politics, and Latin American​ affairs, abroad and in the U.S. Her photos have been featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, and PBS, among others.

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.

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 in 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.

Miriam Krule is a Slate assistant editor. She edits the photography blog Behold and writes about religion and culture.

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 senior photo editor, based in Brooklyn. 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.

Dahlia Lithwick

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 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.

Anne Marie Lindemann is an associate producer and editor for Slate Video, and a recent Florida State University graduate. 

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.

Ava Lubell is Slate’s assistant counsel and manager of business development. She is a native New Yorker and a graduate of NYU Law School and Brown University.

Alec MacGillis is a staff writer covering politics and domestic policy. He is a former reporter for the New Republic, Washington Post, and Baltimore Sun, and author of The Cynic: The Political Education of Mitch McConnell.

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

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. Elsewhere, he produces radio segments for WNYC’s The Takeaway. He has written for the Atlantic online, NPR’s Planet Money, the Columbia Journalism Review online, 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 graduated from 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.

Alex Eben Meyer has been illustrating for Slate since 2006. He often draws feet on inanimate objects, has been called well-adjusted to an annoying degree, and is occasionally left-handed.

Joel Meyer is the managing producer of Slate podcasts. Before joining Slate, he was the executive producer of WNYC’s music program Soundcheck and an associate producer on Air America Radio’s The Al Franken Show. He is a graduate of the University of Minnesota–Twin Cities and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

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

Robert Neubecker graduated from Parsons School of Design and has worked as an illustrator for 30 years. He has drawn for nearly everything in print, notably the New York Times, Time, and Business Week. He is currently a regular contributor to Slate and has won many awards from American Illustration, Print, Communication Arts, and the Society of Illustrators. He’s the author of the Wow! children's books series. Robert lives in the Wasatch Mountains of Utah with his wife, Ruth, and their two daughters, Isabel and Josephine.

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 Neyfah 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.

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.


Mark O'Connell is Slate's books columnist. His writing has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, the Observer, the Guardian, the Independent, and the New York Times Book Review. He is a frequent contributor to The New Yorker's Page-Turner blog and to the Dublin Review, and is a staff writer at the Millions. He has a Ph.D. in English literature from Trinity College Dublin. He has published an academic book, based on that Ph.D., called John Banville's Narcissistic Fictions, as well as an e-book called Epic Fail: Bad Art, Viral Fame, and the History of the Worst Thing Ever. He lives in Dublin.

Meghan O'Rourke is Slate's culture critic and an advisory editor (and was the magazine's culture editor from 2002–06). Before joining the magazine, she worked as an editor at The New Yorker. She is the author of Halflife, a book of poems, and her writing and poetry have appeared in Slate, The New Yorker, The Nation, the New Republic, the New York Times, Best American Poetry, and other publications. A graduate of Yale University, she holds an MFA in poetry from Warren Wilson College. She lives in Brooklyn, where she grew up.

Troy Patterson

Troy Patterson is Slate's writer at large and a contributing writer at the New York Times Magazine. His work has also appeared in New York Times, GQ, and Bookforum, among many other publications. He has taught journalism at Columbia University and creative nonfiction at NYU. At Princeton, he was an editor of the Nassau Weekly.

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.

Charlie Powell has been contributing illustrations to Slate since 1996. He graduated from the California College of the Arts and has been an illustrator for 20 years. His work has appeared in many magazines and newspapers, including the New York Times, the Washington Post, BusinessWeek, Sports Illustrated, and Forbes. He recently illustrated a book for Scholastic, published in 2007. He lives in the mountains near Santa Cruz, Calif., with his wife, Jessica; daughter, Corrina; and son, Owen.

Hanna Rosin

Hanna Rosin is a founding editor of Slate's DoubleX. She splits her time writing longer stories for the Atlantic and shorter ones for Slate. 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, N.Y., and went to Stanford University. She now lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband, 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.

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.

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

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.

Vivian Selbo is the design director of Slate. Before joining Slate, she was an independent website developer, creating sites and Web works for clients such as MoMA, SFMoMA, the Walker Art Center, Cal Art's Center for Integrated Media, the Visual Arts Dept. at UCSD, PBS/POV, Visual Understanding in Education, and Eyebeam, among others. She began working online as the interface director of the multiple-award-winning site, now part of the Walker Art Center's permanent collection. Her art work is included in the collections of the Walker Art Center and SFMoMA. She has taught at the School of Visual Arts, the Banff Center for the Arts, and at New York University. She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and the Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Program.

Sharan Shetty is a writer for Brow Beat and the culture section. He lives in Brooklyn and is a graduate of the University of Chicago.

Andrea Silenzi is the senior producer of The Gist for Slate. She hosts the radio show Why Oh Why on WFMU and is a graduate of Wesleyan University.

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.

Seth Stevenson is a longtime Slate contributor who has written about advertising, business, culture and technology. He writes a weekly Technology column reviewing high-tech consumer products. 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.

Mark Alan Stamaty has been a regular contributor to Slate since its inception. His work has appeared in many publications, including The New Yorker, Newsweek, Time, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Village Voice, GQ, Esquire, etc. He is the creator of numerous comic strips: MacDoodle St., Washingtoon, Doodlennium, Boox, and others. He is the author-illustrator of 10 books, among them, the cult classic Who Needs Donuts? His newest book is Alia's Mission: Saving the Books of Iraq.

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.

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.

Lindsey Underwood is Slate's social media editor. She graduated from the University of Missouri and lives in Brooklyn.

Ryan Vogt is a Slate copy editor. He is a graduate of Northwestern University and was video game critic for the Washington Examiner.


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.


Chris Wade is a Slate video and podcast producer. He lives in Brooklyn, where he occasionally plays bass or performs comedy live.

Katy Waldman

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

Erica Walsh is the senior producer for Slate Video. She’s worked for ABC Daytime, ABC News, Discover Communications, Sony Pictures Television, and Reuters. She lives in Silver Spring, Maryland.


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.

Betsy Woodruff

Betsy Woodruff is a Slate staff writer. She focuses on Capitol Hill, campaigns, and grassroots politics.

Emily Yoffe

Emily Yoffe writes Slate's Dear Prudence column, answering question on life, love, overbearing in-laws, and gaseous cubicle mates. She also writes Slate's Human Guinea Pig column, in which she tries things readers have too much dignity to do themselves (entering the Mrs. America Contest, making her singing debut). She is author of the book What the Dog Did: Tales From a Formerly Reluctant Dog Owner

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