Who We Are

Slate’s staff.

Jared Hohlt is the editor in chief of Slate. Before that, he was editor of the print edition of New York magazine, where he’d also served as culture editor. Before that, he’d been a news editor at Inside.com and the managing editor of Metropolis, a magazine about architecture, urbanism, and design.

Dan Check is chief executive officer of Slate. 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.

Charlie Kammerer is president of Slate, where he focuses on developing ways for brands to tap into Slate’s audience through editorial content, podcasting, video, and custom programs. Kammerer joined Slate in 2017 after spending 20 years at Time Inc., where he was a brand builder and revenue generator across a diverse portfolio of brands, including Real Simple, Fortune, Food and Wine, Cooking Light, Golf, and This Old House. He’s based out of Slate’s Brooklyn office.

Staff and Contributor Biographies

Sam Adams is a Slate senior editor and the editor of Slate’s culture blog, Brow Beat. He was previously the editor of Criticwire, Indiewire’s film and TV criticism blog, and has written for the Los Angeles Times, Rolling Stone, and the Philadelphia Inquirer. He lives in Philadelphia.

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

Rachael Allen is a Slate production assistant for How To! with Charles Duhigg, Culture Gabfest, and the Waves. She previously worked at the Atlantic magazine. She is a graduate of Bowdoin College.

Joel Anderson is a Slate staff writer and host of the third season of the Slow Burn podcast. Before coming to Slate, he was a reporter for ESPN.com and BuzzFeed News, among several other news outlets. A native of Houston and graduate of TCU, he currently lives in the Bay Area.

Rosemary Belson is an assistant podcast producer at Slate, working on Mom and Dad Are Fighting and Spoiler Specials. She graduated from the Missouri School of Journalism and lives in D.C.

Allison Benedikt is Slate’s executive editor. 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 Slate’s editorial director. Previously she was the culture editor of Salon, and, before that, a staff writer at the New Republic. She is based in New York.

Jeffrey Bloomer is Slate’s features editor. 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.

Bill Carey is Slate’s senior director of strategy. Before joining Slate, he ran Sports Illustrated’s news and social media teams. A Northwestern University graduate, he lives in Brooklyn.

Christina Cauterucci is a staff writer on women and gender. 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.

Julia Craven is a staff writer at Slate covering race, politics, and health disparities. Before that, she was at HuffPost.

Serena Daniari is an audience engagement editor at Slate. Previously, she was a producer and reporter at Mic. She is based in New York.

Jayson De Leon is a senior producer of Slate podcasts, working on What Next, Slate’s new daily news podcast. Previously, he launched and produced Trumpcast. Before joining Slate, De Leon was an intern at NPR’s Planet Money and worked in television at Showtime. He graduated from the University of Central Florida.

Matthew Dessem is the nights and weekends culture editor for Slate’s culture blog, Brow Beat, and the author of a biography of screenwriter and director Clyde Bruckman. He lives and works in Los Angeles.

Cameron Drews is a podcast producer at Slate. Previously, he worked on a variety of podcasts for Panoply, and before that, he produced daily news segments at WNYC in New York and KUOW in Seattle.

Madeline Ducharme is a production assistant for Slate podcasts.

Jasmine M. Ellis is an associate producer at Slate podcasts. She has a background in public radio, having reported and produced stories for Mississippi Public Broadcasting in Jackson and WHYY in Philadelphia. Ellis also worked as the podcast specialist for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, where she produced the AccessAtlanta: Things to Do in Atlanta podcast. In 2018, Ellis hosted a dispatch from Stacey Abrams’ election night watch party for the Politically Georgia podcast. She’s an alumna of Spelman College and Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, a 2020 IWMF Gwen Ifill Fellow, a 2019 AIR New Voices Scholar, and a 2016 White House Correspondents’ Association scholarship recipient.

Jonathan L. Fischer is Slate’s technology editor. He previously worked as the arts editor and managing editor of Washington City Paper.

Jeff Friedrich is a Slate associate editor and helps sustain the growth of Slate Plus, the magazine’s membership program. He lives in Boston.

Benjamin Frisch is a podcast producer at Slate. Previously he co-created the Out on the Wire podcast with Jessica Abel, and his work has appeared on NPR, Love + Radio, the Guardian, and more. He has an MFA from Savannah College of Art and Design and is the author of the graphic novel, The Fun Family.

Vicky Gan is a Slate copy editor. Before joining Slate, she was a copy editor and podcast producer at the Urban Institute and reported for publications including CityLab and New York magazine.

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

Rachelle Hampton is a staff writer at Slate. Her writing has appeared in the New Republic, Pacific Standard, In These Times, the Chicago Defender, and Smithsonian magazine.

Elliot Hannon is a staff writer at Slate covering breaking news of all sorts. Previously, he spent four years in New Delhi covering India for NPR and Time magazine.

Mary Harris is the host and managing editor of What Next, Slate’s new daily news podcast. For the past decade, she has reported throughout the public radio system, for NPR, Marketplace, and WNYC. Her curiosity has taken her to needle exchanges and influenza laboratories; she’s even reported on her own treatments for breast cancer. Before working in public radio, she was a producer at ABC News.

Danielle Hewitt is a podcast producer for Slate, working on What Next. She graduated from Georgetown University and lives in Brooklyn.

Aymann Ismail is a Slate staff writer and the host of the Slate podcast Man Up. Previously, he created the award-winning Slate video series Who’s Afraid of Aymann Ismail? Before joining Slate, he worked for Animal New York .

Derek L. John is a senior producer of Slate podcasts. A veteran of public radio stations WNYC and WBEZ, he’s contributed to NPR, PRI, Marketplace, Radiolab’s More Perfect, Freakonomics Radio, The New Yorker Radio Hour, Studio 360, Death, Sex & Money, ESPN’s 30 for 30, and Audible Originals. He received a national Edward R. Murrow Award for Best Use of Sound and holds a master’s in journalism from NYU, where he later taught a graduate radio course. Born in Kansas and raised in Brooklyn, he currently lives in Chicago.

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

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 Bomb: Presidents, Generals, and the Secret History of Nuclear WarDark Territory: The Secret History of Cyber War, 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.

Melissa Kaplan is a podcast producer at Slate. They produce Trumpcast and Hang Up and Listen. Before coming to Slate, Kaplan served in a range of digital and editorial roles at the L.A. Times and Marketplace. They hold a master’s in specialized journalism in the arts from the University of Southern California.

Joshua Keating is a senior editor at Slate focusing on international news, foreign policy, and social science. He is the author of Invisible Countries. 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.

Margaret Kelley produces for Slate’s daily show The Gist. She is a veteran podcast and public radio producer. She has previously worked for NPR, WQXR, and several podcast networks. A native New Yorker, she currently lives in Rockaway, Queens.

Dan Kois edits and writes for Slate’s human interest and culture departments. He is also a contributing writer at the New York Times Magazine and was the founding editor of New York’s Vulture blog. He’s the author of How to Be a Family and the co-author, with Isaac Butler, of The World Only Spins Forward, a history of Angels in America. He also wrote a book about the Hawaiian musician Israel Kamakawiwo’ole called Facing Future.

Josh Levin is Slate’s national editor. He is the host of Season 4 of Slow Burn and co-hosts the sports podcast Hang Up and Listen. He is the author of The Queen: The Forgotten Life Behind an American Myth. 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 and the 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, Nevada. 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 deputy editor.

Lili Loofbourow is a staff writer at Slate. She writes about culture and politics.

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

Aaron Mak is a Slate staff writer covering technology. He’s previously written for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and Politico.

Noreen Malone is the host of an upcoming season of Slow Burn. Before that, she was the editorial director of New York magazine. Her reporting has won the George Polk Award and a Front Page Award. She lives in Brooklyn.

Marissa Martinelli is a Slate associate editor and a graduate of the University of St. Andrews. She writes for Brow Beat.

Ben Mathis-Lilley is Slate’s chief news blogger. His prior employers include New York magazine, BuzzFeed, and Taco Bell.

Susan Matthews is Slate’s news director. Before joining Slate, she launched and edited Audubon.org. 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 a Slate associate editor. 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.

Abby McIntyre is Slate’s assistant managing editor. Before Slate, she was an editor at Politico and is a graduate of Smith College.

Jessica Miller produces the podcast Thrilling Tales of Modern Capitalism. Before joining Slate, she produced many podcasts and live broadcasts for WNYC, including The United States of Anxiety, The Stakes, Indivisible, and Caught. Her work has also been heard on NPR’s Ask Me Another, 99 Percent Invisible, and All Things Considered. She’s a graduate of Barnard College and the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies.

Laura Miller is a books and culture columnist for Slate. She was a co-founder of Salon.com, 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.

Alicia Montgomery is the executive producer of podcasts at Slate. Previously, she served as a member of the leadership team at NPR’s Morning Edition, and helped launch the Code Switch podcast. She graduated from the University of Maryland.

Jim Newell is Slate’s senior politics writer. 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, Newell lives in Washington.

Molly Olmstead is a Slate staff writer. She is a graduate of the Missouri School of Journalism and lives in Washington.

Rebecca Onion is a Slate staff writer and the author of Innocent Experiments. 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.

Danny M. Lavery writes Slate’s Dear Prudence column. He is the co-founder of the Toast and the author of Something That May Shock and Discredit You, The Merry Spinster, and Texts From Jane Eyre.

Nitish Pahwa is a Slate copy editor. He graduated from Michigan State University and lives in New York.

Shannon Palus is a staff writer for Slate, covering health, wellness, and beyond. Her work has appeared many other places including Popular Science, Scientific American, the Atlantic, and Wirecutter.

Seung Park is Slate’s senior audience development editor. Previously, he ran Kotaku’s social media and had stints at Giphy and Newsweek Media Group.

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 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.

Gabriel Roth is Slate’s editorial director for audio.

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.

Asha Saluja is the operations manager for Slate podcasts. She lives in Brooklyn.

Daniel Schroeder is an associate producer for The Gist with Mike Pesca and an occasional culture writer. He lives in Brooklyn.

Elena Schwartz is a producer for What Next. Before joining Slate, she worked on NPR’s All Things Considered and Weekend Edition, and Pineapple Street Studio’s On the Ground in Iowa series. She graduated from Harvard University and is running out of time to plausibly use her student ID for discounts.

Heather Schwedel is a Slate staff writer. Previously, she worked in the editorial department at Workman Publishing.

Tom Scocca is Slate’s politics editor. He was the founder and editor of the now-closed Hmm Daily and its ongoing newsletter Hmm Weekly; before that, he worked at Gawker Media, the New York Observer, Washington City Paper, the Boston Phoenix, and Baltimore City Paper. He is the author of Beijing Welcomes You: Unveiling the Capital City of the Future (Riverhead, 2011).

Aviva Shen is a senior editor at Slate focusing on jurisprudence and legal coverage. Previously, she was a senior editor at the Appeal and ThinkProgress. Her work has also appeared in outlets including CityLab, the Guardian, and the Trace. She graduated from Barnard College and lives in Brooklyn.

Faith Smith is the executive producer of Slate Live and deputy director of Future Tense, a partnership of Slate, New America, and Arizona State University. She was previously the director of events and external relations at New America. She’s a graduate of UCLA and lives outside of D.C.

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

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.

Sophie Summergrad is an assistant producer for the podcast Slow Burn. Before Slate, she worked as a freelance television producer and has an MFA in film and television studies from Boston University.

June Thomas is senior managing producer of the Slate podcast network. She was born and raised in Manchester, England.

Chau Tu is an associate editor for Slate Plus. Before joining Slate, she was a reporter and producer at Science Friday and Marketplace. She now lives in Brooklyn, but Los Angeles will always be home.

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.

Sofie Werthan is an assistant social media editor at Slate. Originally from Berkeley, California, she is a graduate of Wellesley College and currently lives in Washington.

Forrest Wickman is Slate’s culture editor. He lives in Brooklyn.

Megan Wiegand is Slate’s senior managing editor. She is a graduate of Ohio State University and the Missouri School of Journalism.

Mary Wilson is the politics editor for What Next. Previously, she covered politics in Pennsylvania for the state’s public radio network and NPR. Her work has appeared on The Takeaway, on Marketplace, and in TheBurg magazine. She graduated from Fordham University in the Bronx.