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 for the magazine 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.

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 Governmentthe 2000 e-book The Road to Chadville, and the Bushisms series.

Charlie Kammerer is chief revenue officer of The Slate Group, 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.

Dan Check is president of Slate and the 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.

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.

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 features director. She also edits the Slate Book Review. 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.

Pierre Bienaimé is an associate producer for The Gist with Mike Pesca. His written work has appeared on Vice, Al Jazeera, and Business Insider.

Jeffrey Bloomer is Slate’s senior video producer. 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 Slate’s chief political correspondent. He covers politics, policy, and race.

Bill Carey is Slate’s director of strategy and audience development. 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.

Shirley Chan is an assistant video producer for Slate. Prior to joining Slate, she produced multimedia stories for Oregon Public Broadcasting. She is a Seattle native and a graduate of the University of Oregon. She lives in Brooklyn.

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

Jayson De Leon is a producer of Slate podcasts. He launched and produces 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.

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 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.

April Glaser is a staff writer covering technology and business stories for Slate. She formerly was a reporter at the tech news website Recode, and before that, Glaser wrote for Wired. Prior to journalism, Glaser worked at the Electronic Frontier Foundation and other nonprofits focusing on tech policy.

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

Ruth Graham is a Slate contributor who writes about religion and culture. Her reporting has also appeared the New York Times Magazine, Politico Magazine, Marie Claire, and many others. She lives in a small town in New Hampshire.

Rachelle Hampton is a Slate editorial assistant. Her prior employers include the New Republic, Smithsonian Magazine, and New America. She is a graduate of Northwestern University.

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.

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 Los Angeles). Prior to Slate, he held a position as a web production designer at Time Inc. for Essence.com and Essence Festival.

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

Fred Kaplan writes the War Stories column for Slate as well as occasional pieces on culture and consumer electronics. He is the author of Dark 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.

Joshua Keating is a staff writer at Slate focusing on international news, foreign policy, and social science. He is the author of the forthcoming book 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.

Dan Kois is an editor and writer in Slate’s culture department. 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. He’s the co-author, with Isaac Butler, of The World Only Spins Forward, a history of Angels in America, and is writing a book called How to Be a Family.

Lisa Larson-Walker is Slate’s 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 is Slate’s editorial director 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 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.

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 associate editor. He writes and edits for Outward, Slate’s LGBTQ section, and for the culture section.

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

Aaron Mak is a Slate editorial assistant. He’s previously written for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and Politico.

Marissa Martinelli is a Slate assistant 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 a Slate senior editor overseeing the science and health section. 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 Slate’s night 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 copy chief. She was previously an editor at Politico and is a graduate of Smith College.

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.

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, Newell lives in Washington.

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

Osita Nwanevu is a Slate staff writer. His writing has been published in Harper’s, the Chicago Reader, In These Times, and Mic. He was previously the editor in chief of the South Side Weekly, an alternative weekly in Chicago. He is a graduate of the University of Chicago.

Molly Olmstead is an assistant social media editor for Slate. She also writes for the Slatest. 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.

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.

Daniel Mallory Ortberg writes Slate’s Dear Prudence column. He is the co-founder of the Toast and the author of Texts From Jane Eyre and The Merry Spinster.

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

Andrew Parsons produces the Slate podcast series Slow Burn. Before joining Slate, Andrew was senior producer of history podcast BackStory. His work has been featured on Studio 360, Snap Judgment, and Marketplace, among others.

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.

T.J. Raphael is the senior producer of the Slate podcast network. Prior to Slate, she worked as an editor at America’s largest public radio broadcaster, WNYC. Before her time in radio and podcasting, Raphael had a life in print as a reporter and editor for Folio: Magazine, AOL, the Legislative Gazette, the New York Daily News, and the Village Voice. Her work has been cited by the New York Civil Liberties Union, the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism, the Economist, the Washington Post, and USA Today, among others. A native New Yorker, she lives in Brooklyn with her border collie, Smokey.

Reid Pillifant is Slate’s politics editor. He previously served as executive editor of Politico States.

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

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 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.

Jason Santa Maria is Slate’s design director. Formerly, he served as executive design director at Vox Media; creative director for A List Apart, Typekit, and Happy Cog; and vice president of AIGA/NY. He is co-founder of A Book Apart, and author of On Web Typography.

Heather Schwedel is a Slate staff writer. 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 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.

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.

Aria Velasquez is an audience engagement editor at Slate. Prior to joining Slate, she worked on the social media team at ThinkProgress, where she occasionally wrote about culture. Her work has also appeared at the Establishment. Velasquez is an Atlanta native and a graduate of the University of Georgia. She currently lives in Washington.

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.

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 Slate’s culture editor. He lives in Brooklyn.

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

Veralyn Williams is a producer of Slate podcasts. She launched and produced Slate Represent and the inaugural season of Panoply’s Family Ghost. Now, she can be found producing and co-hosting Slate’s feminist podcast, The Waves (formally Double X). Before joining Slate, Williams managed BrooklynDeep.org and produced for New York Public Radio’s Radio Rookies. Through all of her endeavors, she aims to amplify perspectives often forgotten in the media.

Mary Wilson is a senior producer for The Gist with Mike Pesca. 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.