I’m a New York-based writer, editor and multimedia journalist who writes on women’s issues, pop culture, social issues and trends. A former senior editor at Newsweek and executive editor of Tumblr, my work appears regularly in the New York Times, the Atlantic, Cosmopolitan and Time.com, where I’m a columnist. I’m also a contributing editor for Sheryl Sandberg’s women’s foundation, Lean In, where I produce editorial initiatives focused on gender equality. I’m the co-creator and curator of the Lean In Collection with Getty Images, an initiative to change how women are depicted in visual media.
I began my career at Newsweek, where I wrote stories on marriage, school bullying, the fight to legalize pot, Sweet Valley High, girls, polyamory, avatar love, the rebirth of Compton, gay rights, the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal, and a special report on gender in media that is now the subject of a book, The Good Girls Revolt, by Newsweek’s first female senior editor. (My story is the first chapter.) I also edited for the magazine and website, produced multimedia, advised on social media and appeared regularly on air. When Newsweek merged with The Daily Beast, I stayed on as a writer and editor under Tina Brown, covering women’s issues and culture.
I left Newsweek to become the Executive Editor of Tumblr, where I cofounded a storytelling initiative that was nominated for a bunch of awards right before it was abruptly (and very publicly) shut down—later (sort of) explained by Yahoo’s $1B acquisition of Tumblr. We all got canned, but I’d just finished a freelance piece about Sheryl Sandberg’s book, Lean In, which led to a conversation with Sandberg and, ultimately, a consulting gig with her nonprofit. There, I work with Cosmopolitan to produce a quarterly “Careers” section of the magazine and was part of the editing team for Lean In for Graduates, published by Knopf in 2014. I also work with Getty to curate the Lean In Collection, a hand-curated photo library of women, girls and families that works to present visual alternatives to clichéd stock imagery.
My writing has been honored by the Society for Professional Journalists, the Newswomen’s Club, GLAAD, the Webbys and the NY Press Club, which named me the city’s best young journalist (…it was a few years back). I’ve has spoken around the world about digital journalism, narrative storytelling and gender.