David Plotz is editor of Slate. 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.
Matt Turck is general manager of the Slate Group and publisher of Slate. Prior to joining Slate in 2009, Matt was with Time Inc., where he held several positions, including publisher of This Old House, overseeing all operations, and associate publisher of Time magazine, where he was responsible for North American sales and marketing. A native of Michigan and graduate of Michigan State University, he lives with his wife, two children, and more pets than he wants to admit, in Westchester, N.Y.
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.
Staff and Contributor Biographies
Holly Allen is a Slate designer. Before joining Slate, she worked as an interactive designer for weather.com and as a design manager for washingtonpost.com. 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 assistant 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.
Emily Bazelon is a senior editor at Slate. She edits the magazine's legal column (Jurisprudence) and writes about law and family. Her new book is Sticks and Stones: The New Problem of Bullying and How To Solve It. Emily is also the Truman Capote Fellow at Yale Law School and a contributing writer at the New York Times Magazine. Before joining Slate, she worked as an editor and writer at Legal Affairs magazine and as a law clerk on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 1st Circuit. She is a graduate of Yale College and Yale Law School.
Allison Benedikt is the managing editor of Slate's Double X. 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.
Ben Blatt is a Slate staff writer and co-author of I Don't Care If We Never Get Back. He is a former writer for the Harvard Lampoon and was the research chairman of the Harvard Sports Analysis Collective.
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.
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.
Dan Check is director of technology at The Slate Group. 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.
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. He can be reached at email@example.com.
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.
Nina Frenkel has been illustrating for Slate since 1996, when she got her start doing editorial work. She has a B.A. in studio art from Carleton College and has studied at the School of Visual Concepts in Seattle and the School of Visual Arts in NYC. Her work has appeared in magazines, newspapers, and advertisements. She recently illustrated a book for Starbucks.
Katherine Goldstein is the innovations editor at Slate, involved in site-wide innovations related to social media, traffic, and new editorial technology. Before joining Slate in 2010, she was an associate blog editor and the green editor at the Huffington Post. She graduated from Vassar College and lives in Brooklyn.
David Haglund is the editor of Brow Beat, Slate's culture blog. Previously he was the managing editor of PEN America. He has taught literature and writing at Harvard, Oxford, and Hunter College and serves on the board of the National Book Critics Circle.
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. Follow him on Twitter.
Fred Kaplan writes the War Stories column for Slate as well as occasional pieces on culture and consumer electronics. This year's Edward R. Murrow press fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, he is the author of The Insurgents: David Petraeus and the Plot to Change the American Way of War, 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.
Zachary Karabell writes The Edgy Optimist column. He is head of global strategy at Envestnet, a publicly traded wealth management firm; president of River Twice Capital Advisors, a money management firm; and the author of 12 books. Previously, he was executive vice president at Fred Alger Management, a New York–based investment firm that manages approximately $20 billion.
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 and lives in Washington, D.C.
Dan Kois is a senior editor in Slate's culture section. 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, Va.
Miriam Krule is a Slate copy editor and edits Slate's religion column Faith-Based. She has written, edited, and produced for Tablet Magazine, TheAtlantic.com, and NPR.org.
Rachael Larimore is Slate's managing editor. A graduate of Ohio University's journalism school, she was a sportswriter for various newspapers and websites before coming to Slate.
Josh Levin is Slate's executive editor. Working from Slate's Washington, D.C., office, he edits the sports and technology sections 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 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.
Lowen Liu is Slate's copy chief and the editor of Dear Prudence.
Dee Lockett is Slate’s editorial assistant for culture.
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 is a Slate assistant editor. He writes and edits for Outward, Slate’s LGBTQ section, and for the culture section.
Natalie Matthews-Ramo is a Web and interactive designer for Slate. She is a graduate of Rhode Island School of Design.
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. Follow him on Twitter.
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 writes the Dilettante column. He is working on a book about the 1980s. He lives in Brooklyn.
Ayana Morali is the co-executive producer for Slate Video. Previously, she worked at Reuters, CNN, and ABC. She lives in Brooklyn. Follow her on Twitter.
Jon Nathanson is a writer, startup investor, strategy consultant, and former television producer based in San Francisco and Los Angeles. He writes The Bet.
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 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.
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.
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 is Slate's writer-at-large and the author of its Gentleman Scholar column. 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 is the host of Slate’s upcoming daily podcast. 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, and Talk of the Nation. He has won two Edward R. Murrow broadcasting awards and regularly appears on MSNBC and CNN.
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 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 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.
Chris Schieffer is the Slate Group's project manager. He manages the requirements gathering process and implementation of all software development-impacting projects on Slate and The Root. Before joining The Slate Group, he was a project manager at Symantec. Originally from Delaware, he graduated from American University and currently lives in Washington, D.C.
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 adaweb.com, 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.
Blaine Sheldon is a Slate Group product manager. Before joining the group, he was formerly a Web producer at ForeignPolicy.com, working to relaunch its site in 2009. Blaine is an active follower of emerging Web trends and Latin American affairs. His personal blog, Ojo Gringo, covers both topics and his frequent visits to the region. He hails from the greater Seattle area and is a graduate of political science from Washington State University.
Jeremy Stahl is Slate's social media 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 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 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 is Slate's editorial director. 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 is a Slate culture critic and edits Outward, the magazine's LGBTQ section. She was born and raised in Manchester, England.
Sarah Trankle is an assistant at Slate. She is a graduate of Colby College and lives in New York.
Julia Turner is Slate's deputy editor. Working from Slate's New York office, she edits the Spectator, Doonan, and Transport columns as well as pieces on advertising, fashion, culture, media, and design. She also writes regularly for the magazine about design and appears on Slate's weekly Culture Gabfest podcast. Before joining Slate, she worked at Time Inc.—first in magazine development and later at Sports Illustrated Women.
Lindsey Underwood is Slate's deputy 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 the editor of The Slatest. 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. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chris Wade is a Slate video and podcast producer. He lives in Brooklyn, where he occasionally plays bass or performs comedy live. Follow him on Twitter.
Katy Waldman is a Slate assistant editor. 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 is a Slate staff writer. He writes about movies, music, and other things for Slate and lives in New York. Follow him on Twitter.
Megan Wiegand is a Slate copy editor. She is a graduate of Ohio State University and the Missouri School of Journalism.
Jessica Winter is Slate’s business and technology 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 Los Angeles Times, O The Oprah Magazine, 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.
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