Jessica Bennett is an award-winning writer and journalist with a decade of experience in magazines and online media. She writes features and commentary on social issues, women and culture for the New York Times, the Atlantic, Time, Cosmopolitan, The Daily Beast and Newsweek, where she was a staff writer and editor for seven years. She spent a year as the executive editor of Tumblr, where her job was to launch a first-of-its-kind storytelling initiative. That project was nominated for a multitude of online journalism awards right before it was abruptly shuttered in the leadup to Yahoo’s acquisition of Tumblr. Jessica was on a plane when this happened. This led her to write a freelance piece for New York Magazine’s The Cut about leaning the f—k in, which led Sheryl Sandberg to call her, which led to her editing special projects for Sandberg’s women’s foundation, LeanIn.Org. (I’m a consulting editor and help edit a regular section in Cosmo, run partnerships with outlets like Time, setup syndication deals and so-forth).
At Newsweek, Jessica wrote features and cover stories on marriage, school bullying, Sweet Valley High, girls teens, polyamory, avatar love, masculinity, the rebirth of Compton, gay rights, theJerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal, and in 2010 wrote a cover story about sexism in the media — to mark the 40th anniversary of a landmark sex discrimination suit — that is now the subject of a book, The Good Girls Revolt, by Lynn Povich (Jessica’s story is the first chapter). She also spent a year and a half working as a writer/editor at The Daily Beast under Tina Brown.
Jessica’s work has been honored by the the Society for Professional Journalists, GLAAD, the Newswomen’s Club of New York, the Webbys, the James Beard Foundation, and the New York Press Club, which named her the city’s best young journalist (!). She grew up in Seattle, but now calls herself a New Yorker.