About and Contact

I’m a journalist in New York City, working in print, online, and in radio.

I work at Slate, where I am the nights and weekends home page editor. Most recently, I also worked at WNYC’s The Takeaway, where I was an associate producer, and on NPR’s economics podcast Planet Money, where I helped out on the T-Shirt Project and several other stories. My own stories have been published by Slate, The Atlantic, NPR, Columbia Journalism Review, In These Times, SMOG, DNAinfo, Global City NYC, Chicago Booth Magazine, UChicago News, The Huffington Post/Chicago, the Chi-Town Daily News (defunct), and the Chicago Maroon.

In May 2013, I earned a master’s in magazine journalism from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

From 2004 to 2012, I lived in Chicago, where I went to college, interned at HuffPo and In These Times, and worked in a bar and in my friend’s illegal parking lot (defunct). For two years, I wrote grant proposals for nonprofits and copy for my alma mater’s communications department. When I could, I freelanced.

I have a B.A. in International Studies from the University of Chicago. Though I was better when I studied abroad in Paris, I can speak French. For about a year and a half, I took Spanish classes, so I know un poquito. My brother taught me how to solve a Rubik’s cube, so I can do that, too. It’s easier than you think.

I was born and raised in Goshen, New York, a small town about 60 miles northwest of Manhattan. Goshen is the former home of Noah Webster, Willie “The Lion” Smith, and several of my friends. There’s a disdainful Silver Jews song about it, too. For more about my background, see my clips and my resume.

I live in New York with my lovely lady. I also live on Twitter, @sethmaxon. Email me about anything at seth.maxon@slate.com, or by using the form below.

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