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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 Government, the 2000 e-book The Road to Chadville, and the Bushismsseries.

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.

John Dickerson is a member of the Political Gabfest and the moderator of Face the Nation. Previously, he was a political columnist for Slate and has worked for Time magazine in New York and Washington, finishing his stint as a White House correspondent. He is the author of Whistlestop: My Favorite Stories from Presidential Campaign History and On Her Trail, a biography of his late mother, the television newscaster Nancy Dickerson. He graduated from the University of Virginia.

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 a Slate senior editor working on business, technology, politics, and other topics. 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.

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.

Aisha Harris is a culture writer for Slate and the host of the Slate podcast Represent. 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.

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 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. 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 is writing a book called How to Be a Family and co-writing, with Isaac Butler, a history of Angels in America, based on their Slate cover story.

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 an audience engagement editor for Slate. Prior to joining Slate, he managed social media and engagement strategy at the Sunlight Foundation and 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 Martinelliis a Slate editorial assistant and a graduate of the University of St. Andrews. She writes for Brow Beat.

Ben Mathis-Lilley edits the Slatest. 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 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.

Stephen Metcalf is a member of the Culture Gabfest. He was previously a critic at large for Slateand is working on a book about the 1980s.

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

Mallory Ortberg writes Slate’s Dear Prudence column. She is the co-founder of the Toast and the author of Texts From Jane Eyre.

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

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 Pescais 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.

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

David Plotz, the former editor of Slate, is host of the Political Gabfest and is also CEO of Atlas Obscura. 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.

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

Hanna Rosin is a founding editor of Slate's DoubleX. She co-hosts Slate’s DoubleX Gabfestand NPR’s Invisibilia. 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 theNew 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, New York, and went to Stanford University. She now lives in Washington, with her husband, former 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.

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 Sternis 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 managing producer of Slate podcasts. 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 produces Slate Represent and produces the DoubleX Gabfest. Before joining Slate, Williams launched and managed 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.

Yahoo! Voices, formerly Associated Content (AC), was a division of Yahoo! that focused on online publishing. Yahoo! Voices distributed a large variety of writing through its website and content partners, including Yahoo! News. In early December 2011, its owners Yahoo! announced a major shakeup involving the introduction of a new service, Yahoo! Voices, which would replace the Associated Content site and take on the bulk of its content, while some 75,000 items would be retired under the new site's more stringent content submission rules. On July 2, 2014, Yahoo! announced that it would be shutting down Yahoo! Voices on July 31st and the Yahoo! Contributor Network at the end of August 2014.[1]


Associated Content was started in January 2005 by Luke Beatty. They hired their CTO in March 2006, Sonu Kansal. It was based in Denver, Colorado, with business development, sales and community offices in New York City.

In April 2009, Associated Content hired a new CEO, Patrick Keane, formerly of CBS Interactive and Google[2] and closed a $6 million Series C round of funding from Softbank Capital and Canaan Partners.[3] Three weeks after the funding announcement, Associated Content reorganized and laid off 5 employees.[4]

On May 19, 2010, Yahoo! announced that it would purchase Associated Content for $90 million.[5]

On December 1, 2011, "Yahoo!" announced a new service, Yahoo! Voices, which "replaces Associated Content as Yahoo! Contributor Network's official digital library."[6] In announcing the new service, Yahoo! claimed more stringent submission guidelines would be used in accepting new content and that the company would delete over 75,000 pieces that they deemed to be "inactive and outdated".[6] The new service aimed to provide "more than two million pieces of original content, spanning thousands of different topics, created by more than 500,000 individual experts and enthusiasts".[6]

Yahoo! announced on July 2, 2014 that it would shut down Yahoo! Voices and Yahoo! Contributor Network on July 31, 2014.[7]

The Internet Archive is integrating deleted Yahoo! Voices content into the Wayback Machine.[8]

Publishing platform[edit]

In addition to text content (articles), AC featured categories for video, audio, and slide shows along with an online community where users shared their expertise, network and voice opinions.

In contrast to many content publishing sites, AC paid many users for content up front.[9] Articles were usually required to be at least 400 words. Pictures were acceptable if from approved sources. The "Assignment Desk" was another source of article ideas and income for writers. AC displayed predefined article titles and users could "claim" the assignment. All on-site assignments (as opposed to "Partner Assignments") paid performance-based revenue while some also offered up-front payment.[10] Content could also be submitted without an up-front payment. All articles written by users who agreed to the contract were eligible to receive payments based on the number of page views.[11]

AC sometimes sent work back to contributors for further editing and sometimes rejected work for violations of the site's terms of use and guidelines, including promotional or advertorial content and plagiarism.[12][13]


Associated Content originally billed itself as "The People's Media Company". The original schema was linked to its idea that its writers (originally called "Content Producers") were "Citizen Journalists".[citation needed]

In early 2009, Associated Content rebranded itself on the site as "Information from the source". Writers on the site, formerly called "Content Producers", were eventually called "Contributors" (after briefly being dubbed "Sources").[citation needed] The "Citizen Journalist" motif was dropped.[citation needed]


Associated Content was criticized for the quality of its content. Slate technical writer Farhad Manjoo summed up this criticism thus: "Associated Content stands as a cautionary tale for anyone looking to do news by the numbers. It is a wasteland of bad writing, uninformed commentary, and the sort of comically dull recitation of the news you'd get from a second grader."[14]Scott Rosenberg criticized Associated Content and other companies for publishing content not aimed at human readers, but for the purpose of influencing search engines,[15] and for actually degrading Google search results.[16] Independent blogger Lenin Nair also criticized the remuneration policies of Associated Content[17].

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External links[edit]

  1. ^"Furthering Our Focus". Retrieved 7 October 2014. 
  2. ^Vascellaro, Jessica E. (2009-03-30). "Start-up Hires CBS, Google Veteran". The Wall Street Journal. 
  3. ^"Associated Content Raises $6 Million In Third Round — paidContent". 2009-04-29. Retrieved 2012-07-12. 
  4. ^"Industry Moves Round-Up: EMI, The Atlantic, Associated Content — paidContent". 2009-05-08. Retrieved 2012-07-12. 
  5. ^"Yahoo Buys Associated Content for a reported $100 Million, though the final purchase price has not been made public". Atlanta Post. May 19, 2010. Archived from the original on 26 May 2010. Retrieved May 20, 2010. 
  6. ^ abcIntroducing Yahoo! Voices, Yahoo!, 2011-12-01
  7. ^"Help for Yahoo Account". 
  8. ^"Archive Team: The Silenced Yahoo! Voices : Free Web : Download & Streaming : Internet Archive". 
  9. ^Holmes, Elizabeth (2009-03-03). "Selling Expertise On the Internet For Extra Cash". The Wall Street Journal. 
  10. ^"FAQ: Why can't I submit content for up-front payment review?". Associated Content. Archived from the original on 7 March 2008. Retrieved 2008-03-13. 
  11. ^"FAQ: Performance payments". Associated Content. Archived from the original on 7 March 2008. Retrieved 2008-03-13. 
  12. ^Tish Grier (2007-03-26). "A 'middle man' for grassroots journalism?". Online Journalism Review from USC Annenberg. Archived from the original on 24 February 2008. Retrieved 2008-03-13. 
  13. ^"FAQ: What is Associated Content's editorial policy?". Associated Content. Archived from the original on 7 March 2008. Retrieved 2008-03-13. 
  14. ^"AOL's dumb plan to mimic the universe's worst news site". Slate. Archived from the original on 24 December 2009. Retrieved 2010-01-02. 
  15. ^Scott Rosenberg (2009-12-14). "SEO mills: That's not fast food, it's bot fodder". Archived from the original on 21 September 2010. Retrieved 2010-08-22. 
  16. ^Scott Rosenberg (2010-08-20). "Google News gets gamed by a crappy content farm". Archived from the original on 23 August 2010. Retrieved 2010-08-22. 
  17. ^"Unethical Business Practices by Associated Content (AC)". Retrieved 2017-10-19. 
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