Meet the Staff

jenni-avinsJenni Avins  (@jenniavins) is the lifestyle reporter at Quartz. Most recently, she covered fashion, food, travel, and pop culture as a freelancer for The Wall Street Journal, New York Magazine, Vice, Harper’s Bazaar, Gourmet, Saveur, and Style.com. She was also contributing editor to New York Magazine’s fashion site, the Cut. Jenni is usually wondering what to wear, and has explored the question via her personal site, Closettour, since 2009. Closettour has won a McCormick Foundation grant for entrepreneurial journalism and a Webby nomination for its videos. Jenni began her career in fashion, managing knitwear production for Edun, and her favorite fashion stories have taken her to a fetish-wear factory in the Brazilian rainforest, New Jersey wetlands teeming with muskrats, and a terrifying basement full of animal pelts in rural Pennsylvania. She is fluent in Portuguese. Obsessions: indigenous dress, baking, and Brazil.

AnnaBalchAnna Balch (@annabalch) is director of sales, East Coast at Quartz. She started her career at Hachette Filipacchi Media and from there decided to pursue digital sales at Businessweek.com right after it was acquired by Bloomberg L.P. After spending three years at Bloomberg and some time at Condé Nast, the opportunity to bring advertisers innovative custom content was too exciting to pass up. Anna graduated from Miami University (in Ohio, not Florida!) and obsesses over the future of digital media and how brands are adapting to the ever-changing landscape.

laurenLauren Brown (@laurenalixb) is the deputy ideas editor for Quartz. Most recently, she was the Contributors Editor at Business Insider where she oversaw all contributors and syndication partnerships and was responsible for an overhaul of the entire program. Lauren received her master’s from Columbia’s School of Journalism where she specialized in digital media. She also worked for WorldNow, Wiley and was a contributing writer for Movmnt Magazine. She received her undergraduate degree from Cornell University where she majored in English and History.

Carina_CarlssonCarina Carlsson (@carinamaj) is the Digital Sales Planner for Quartz, creating media plans, overseeing the performance of campaigns, and managing further steps of the sales process. She also spends time as part of Quartz’s Ad Ops team. Working at a global news brand feels right at home, a Filipina mother and Swedish father raised her in England. Carina has a BA from Georgetown University, where she studied English and Japanese, she also holds a graduate certificate in publishing from Columbia University.

Matthew Chamberlain (@mchamberlain) leads the branded content and creative services team at Quartz and is committed to making you notice the ads you see here for one reason or another. He joined in November 2012, 1,122 published stories into Quartz’s existence. Prior to Quartz, Matthew served as Director of Marketing at Esquire, focusing on mobile editions and social media. He’s also worked in digital strategy at Saveur, marketing at Rolling Stone, and spent two years as a political editor at AOL News. In his time outside the office, Matthew works on photo projects. He is one of those dummies who reads a book while walking down the sidewalk and expects to pay for this bad habit in some gruesome way before too long.

Mark DeCambre (@mdecambre) is Quartz’s finance reporter, covering banks, and other Wall Street firms. He previously worked for the New York Post, where he broadly covered financial institutions and capital markets. His personal obsessions include the future of finance

Kevin DelaneyKevin J. Delaney (@kevinjdelaney) is editor in chief and president of Quartz. He was a reporter at The Wall Street Journal for a decade, with that time split between hardship postings in Paris and San Francisco. While covering internet companies such as Google, Twitter, and Facebook for the Journal, he became convinced that newspapers could do much more to ensure that good journalism thrives in the digital age. He returned to New York and became managing editor of WSJ.com, where he led efforts that helped greatly expand the Journal’s online readership and championed innovative journalism projects that went on to win prizes. Early in his career, Kevin was a reporter for SmartMoney Magazine and a TV producer in Montreal. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and is the Hearst digital media professional-in-residence at Columbia University for 2014-15.

Micah ErnstMicah Ernst (@micahwave) is the director of product engineering at Quartz. Most recently, Micah worked as the manager of web development for TIME.com where he oversaw the launch of multiple site redesigns and various other digital products. Previously, he worked for the public relations agency MWW Group where he helped create sites for clients like Nikon, Samsung, McDonalds, and Hershey’s. Micah holds a degree in information technology from Rochester Institute of Technology. His obsessions include the future of the web, gadgets, snowboarding and gaming.

Tim_FernholzTim Fernholz (@timfernholz) covers state, business and society for Quartz. What does that mean? Whenever business competition spills into the halls of government, economic conflict puts protesters in the street, companies disrupt the way we live or public policy shapes the market, he’ll be there. Probably with statistics, anecdotes and a lot of nuance. Tim began covering politics and policy in Washington, D.C. at the American Prospect in the uneventful year of 2008, before joining National Journal in 2011 to write about fiscal policy. Then he was the business editor of GOOD Magazine, leading coverage on everything from tech companies and trade wars to globalization and political economy. He has been a fellow at the New America Foundation studying financial regulation and was awarded a Knight Journalism Fellowship in foreign affairs coverage and new media. He lives in New York City, where he is baffled by the local customs. He is from the Great State of New Hampshire.

Dan Frommer (@fromedome) is tech editor at Quartz, leading the site’s technology and science coverage. He previously helped create Business Insider and wrote about technology for Forbes and his own site SplatF, obsessing over Apple, the mobile revolution, and digital media. Dan is also co-founder of City Notes, a mobile startup.

LinkedInProfilePic copyRyan Grabenkort (@rgrabenkort) is regional director, West Coast and APAC for Quartz. A graduate of UC Berkeley with a Bachelor’s degree in English, Ryan initially sought out a career in journalism but found a calling on the business side of media. His career began during the dotcom boom with a German information security company that brought him to New York, Asia, and South America. The draw of prestigious media brands, however, landed him at Atlantic Media where, aside from a short hiatus at a non-profit, he has worked in advertising sales and management positions since 2004. Most recently, Ryan was the Managing Director of National Journal, overseeing sales and strategy, and before that he was West Coast Director for The Atlantic.

GwynnGuilfordGwynn Guilford (@sinoceros) is a general reporter and editor for Quartz. She previously blogged at Andrew Sullivan’s The Dish, where she covered China and economics, among other topics. Before that she spent six years in China, including three researching Chinese companies and macroeconomic developments for hedge funds. Gwynn has also worked in Myanmar, reporting from Yangon and Mandalay on the 2007 military crackdown, and writing for the Myanmar Times & Business Review in 2004. Her work has appeared in Slate, the Christian Science Monitor and the Far Eastern Economic Review. Gwynn speaks and reads Mandarin, as well as basic Burmese.

MarissaB&WbioMarissa Hayes (@hayesm12) is Quartz’s executive director of marketing. Most recently, Marissa worked at Buddy Media on the core transition team during their acquisition by Salesforce, focusing on sales enablement, competitive strategy, and product marketing. Previously, Marissa held marketing and business development roles at Conde Nast Digital and Fairchild Fashion Media. While there, she was instrumental in scaling digital business and transitioning the company from centralized to distributed digital marketing teams. Marissa has held digital roles at Martha Stewart Omnimedia, The Knot (XO Group), and The Daily Tube. Marissa graduated from Michigan State University in Professional Writing and holds a graduate certificate in publishing from New York University.

Anis Hoffman (@anishoffman) is program manager at Quartz, leading project management for the product engineering team. He studied English Literature and Creative Writing at Boston University before moving into a career in production. After serving as Production Associate and National Campaign Coordinator for the documentary and international human rights campaign, Education Under Fire, Anis went on to work at digital creative agencies Big Spaceship and Huge. There he led engagements ranging from product and website design to social media management for clients including American Express, Google, Hewlett-Packard, and Ken Burns. Anis is Persian-American, born in South Carolina and raised in South Africa and North Carolina. His personal obsessions include wordplay, boxing, and bluegrass.

Mitra_KalitaS. Mitra Kalita (@mitrakalita) is the ideas editor at Quartz. She worked previously at The Wall Street Journal, where she oversaw coverage of the Great Recession, launched a local news section for New York City and, most recently, reported on the housing crisis. She also launched Mint, a business paper in New Delhi, and has previously worked for the Washington Post, Newsday and the Associated Press. She is the author of three books related to migration and globalization, and speaks seven languages (but only four of them well). She is an adjunct professor of journalism at St. John’s and Columbia universities, and previously served as president of the South Asian Journalists Association. Born in Brooklyn, Mitra was raised in Long Island, Puerto Rico and New Jersey—with regular trips to her grandparents’ villages in Assam, India. She lives (and eats) in the Jackson Heights neighborhood of New York City, along with her artist husband and two daughters.

jasonJason Karaian (@jkaraian) is senior Europe correspondent for Quartz, based in London. He previously spent 10 years at The Economist Group, first at the European edition of CFO magazine writing about the financial aspects of business and later, as financial services editor at the Economist Intelligence Unit, covering the business aspects of finance. He also served as industries editor for The World In and wrote about everything from banks to bonds to basketball for The Economist. Before moving to London he was a macroeconomic analyst in Chicago, where he developed an affinity for data and statistics that he now uses to enrich—and demystify—stories about the business world.

Lily KuoLily Kuo (@lilkuo) is a reporter at Quartz covering emerging markets. She most recently reported for Reuters where she got a crash course in financial journalism and went on to cover general news, reporting on anything from protests and shootings to municipal bankruptcy and cyber security. Before that she lived in Taiwan and China, re-learning Chinese and pretending to discover her ancestral roots. Her work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, the South China Morning Post in Hong Kong and the China Post in Taiwan. She holds a dual master’s degree in international affairs from Peking University and the London School of Economics. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with bachelor’s degrees in English and Spanish literature, and creative writing. Her obsessions include but are not limited to Chinese investment and diplomacy in Africa, Southeast Asia and Latin America; the expanding middle class of emerging economies, and post-Arab Spring economic transition in the Middle East and North Africa.

heatherlandyHeather Landy (@heatherlandy) is global news editor at Quartz, based in New York. Previously, she was editor in chief of American Banker Magazine. Heather started her career at Bloomberg News, where she wrote about retailing, the steel industry and the corporate bond market (although not at the same time). Next she spent five years on the business desk of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Her work in Texas earned a Gerald Loeb award for beat reporting and helped liven up her lectures as an adjunct instructor at TCU’s Schieffer School of Journalism. Heather also has served as a special correspondent to The Washington Post, covering Wall Street at the height of the 2008 financial crisis.

Jay LaufJay Lauf is Quartz’s publisher and president. Involved in start-ups, web launches and the expansion of events and conventions across his years in trade magazines, he also helped launch the U.S. edition of T3 (Tomorrow’sTechnology Today). He then moved to WIRED magazine in 2001 serving there seven years, the last two as Publisher. He joined The Atlantic as VP/Publisher in April 2008, and joined Quartz full-time in the summer of 2012. Jay’s “obsession” is figuring out how to make high quality, high integrity journalism commercially viable for the long term.

 

headshotDaniel Lee (@_dlee) is the lead designer at Quartz, where he continues to pursue his passion for interaction and product design. Previously, he worked as an iOS, Android and web designer for AOL and HuffPost. Daniel graduated from The University of Missouri where he focused on design, motion graphics and fine art. He’s obsessed with human-computer interactions, problem solving, digital typography and interactive data visualizations.

781321AC-553B-4BC4-84AF-2AD861DFDFE2Sara Lerner (@saralerner) is Director of Operations at Quartz. She graduated from USC’s Annenberg School of Journalism with degrees in Print Journalism, Philosophy and Italian, before withstanding a brief stint in fashion reporting for WWD in Los Angeles and fashion branding in Milan, Italy. After moving to New York, she became the managing editor of Thrillist.com, overseeing the daily production of 17 different editions. Intrigued by the challenge of building beautiful things that live online, she worked for two years as a content strategist for digital creative agency Big Spaceship, creating award-winning websites, installations, and mobile applications for clients such as Google, GE, Gilt Groupe, and AOL. Sara is most obsessed with the intersection of things—the point where business models, creative teams, words, design, the internet, non-internet, and rest of it all meet.

Steve LevineSteve LeVine (@stevelevine), Quartz’s Washington correspondent, writes about the intersection of energy, technology and geopolitics, a juncture of some of the most important and quickly developing events and trends on the planet. LeVine teaches the subject as an adjunct professor in Georgetown University’s Security Studies Program in the Graduate School of Foreign Service. He is a Schwartz Fellow at the New America Foundation. LeVine comes to the beat after 18 years as a foreign correspondent in the former Soviet Union, Afghanistan, Pakistan and the Philippines, where he wrote for The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, the Financial Times, and Newsweek. Most recently, LeVine founded and ran The Oil and the Glory, a blog on energy and geopolitics at Foreign Policy magazine. He is the author of two books: The Oil and the Glory, a history of oil told through the 1990s-2000s oil rush on the Caspian Sea; and Putin’s Labyrinth, a profile of Russia through the lives and deaths of six Russians.

Gideon_LichfieldGideon Lichfield (@glichfield) is the editor in charge of news at Quartz. He joined after a 16-year career at The Economist, which took him from the science desk in his native London to postings in Mexico City, Moscow, and Jerusalem, covering uprisings, wars, trade disputes, business feuds, political rivalries, social protests, philosophical arguments and bar-room brawls. In 2009 he moved to New York City, where his work on various digital projects for The Economist and teaching budding journalists at NYU set him to thinking about the future of the profession. The main thing he remembers from all his travels are the languages, of which he knows five well enough for interviewing evasive politicians, two more well enough to read, and one just well enough to haggle in. He is obsessed with finding better ways to do the kind of journalism that makes sense of the world instead of just keeping up with it, and with answering the question that has haunted his career: Why can’t they all just get along?

Mia headshotMia Mabanta (@miamabanta) leads strategic projects at Quartz. Mia has spent her career bringing innovative business strategies to different industries, first at the Brookings Institution, where she advised private and public sector leaders on underserved markets, and later by helping to start HelloWallet, an award-winning financial guidance service. Her work has been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek, Harvard Business Review, and others. Mia has a BA from Colgate University and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

McDuling1John McDuling (@jmcduling) covers the corporate world for Quartz, based in New York. He previously worked for The Australian Financial Review, where he covered telecom, media, technology and markets. He began his career in the finance industry in London. His personal obsessions include the future of the media industry, and the sports business.

Annalisa Merelli (@missanabeam) is an Ideas Reporter at Quartz. She hails from a city near Milan but has worked and lived in Paris and Delhi before settling in the US (for now). She was the founding editor of art, culture and lifestyle portal The India Tube and a writer and editor at Narratively, Global Voices, Timbuktu, Motherland, W+K Delhi, and Fabrica. She holds a master’s degree in semiotics and a bachelor’s degree in mass communication from the University of Bologna.

Leo Mirani (@lmirani) is a reporter for Quartz in London. He has previously worked at The Economist, Time Out Mumbai and Tehelka. His writing has appeared in The Independent, The Sunday Telegraph, The Guardian, AFP and Elle India and he has earned datelines from places as far afield as Moscow, Nairobi and Valletta. His reporting interests include technology, policy, media, South Asia and the European project. He likes lists.

DSCF7401Max Nisen (@maxnisen) covers management for Quartz. He was previously the management and strategy reporter for Business Insider. Prior to joining BI, he worked for Al Jazeera English in Doha. Max has a degree in economics from Pomona College. His obsessions include data in the workplace, personal productivity, and health policy.


Adam Pasick
(@adampasick) is Quartz’s senior Asia correspondent. Adam was the former managing editor of nymag.com. Before that he spent 10 years with Reuters in New York, London, and—in a career move that will haunt him for all eternity—the virtual world of Second Life.

Emily Passer (@emilypasser) is Quartz’s director of communications. Based in NYC, she oversees all media relations and public relations for Quartz, its staff and events. Previously Passer worked in communications at the Financial Times, and before that was with Fleishman-Hillard’s Marketing-Communications group in New York. Originally from Kansas City, she attended Columbia University, graduating with a degree in International Relations. When not in the office, Passer cheers on the KU Jayhawks, volunteers with children with special needs and obsesses over sunglasses. Contact her at epasser@qz.com for broadcast bookings or to speak to other members of Quartz’ staff.

DSC_0279Matt Phillips (@matthewphillips) writes about finance, markets and economics. He worked at The Wall Street Journal for seven years, most recently covering the aftermath of the Great Recession and the relentless descent of U.S. interest rates. Other descents he covered at the Journal include the January 2009 splashdown of U.S. Airways Flight 1549 into the Hudson River and Hillary Clinton’s bid for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2008. Matt caught the markets bug as lead writer for the Journal’s MarketBeat blog, which he helped turn into one of the most heavily trafficked web properties at the Journal. He spends much of his time trying to force bankers, traders and economists to speak comprehensible English.

meganMegan Reback (@meganreback) is the assistant to the publisher of Quartz. A former news intern for Talking Points Memo, she graduated from Connecticut College cum laude in May 2012 with a B.A. in English and Government. Prior to joining Quartz, Megan worked with Planned Parenthood and V-Day, and wrote for publications on women’s issues. She is obsessed with South African news media, the positioning of women in business and politics, and finding good eats in her new home of Brooklyn.

Joy-Robins_6003B-Web 2Joy Robins is vice president of advertising and strategy at Quartz. She started her career on the ad agency side, buying national radio and television advertising at OMD. After entering the sales side of the business via The Weather Channel, Joy had the opportunity to help the BBC introduce their TV and digital properties to the US advertising market where she discovered her passion for high-quality content. There, she led a national ad sales team that grew the BBC’s digital business into a multimillion dollar division. Most recently, she was on the leadership team at NBC Universal, tasked with monetizing NBC’s digital news properties following the conclusion of the Microsoft joint venture. Joy graduated from Rutgers University and is most obsessed with creating compelling and effective opportunities for advertisers seeking to leverage premium content and a high-quality audience.

Zach_SewardZach Seward (@zseward) is obsessed with new forms of storytelling, which is what keeps him occupied as senior editor of Quartz. He leads a group of journalists with backgrounds in data wrangling, programming, and interaction design. He does not usually refer to himself in the third person. Zach previously worked at The Wall Street Journal, first as a reporter covering education and health, then as the editor of outreach and social media. Before that, he helped launch the Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard, where he was an assistant editor and reported on the news industry. He also teaches digital journalism skills as an adjunct professor at NYU and previously taught at Columbia. Zach knew he wanted to be a journalist at age six but couldn’t have imagined, back then, what it would mean to be in this profession today. He is still, frankly, a little confused but happily so.

nikhil-sonnadNikhil Sonnad (@nsonnad) is a reporter at Quartz. He is obsessed with leveraging code for the sake of compelling and important stories. That means heavy doses of data collection, analysis and visualization. To describe this kind of work, he is pushing for the term “code-assisted reporting” as an alternative to the more fashionable “data journalism.” Before coming to Quartz, Nikhil worked on data-driven stories and visualizations with the Australian non-profit news venture The Global Mail, and before that, he studied philosophy at Michigan State University. He is fluent in Mandarin, Javascript, Spanish, Python, and English. Above all he enjoys learning.

Heather Timmons (@HeathaT) is the Asia Correspondent for Quartz, based in Hong Kong, where she writes about everything from ramen to derivatives to censorship. Previously she spent 10 years with The New York Times in London and New Delhi, where she covered finance and markets and the Indian economy. She co-founded and ran India Ink, the NYT’s first-ever country specific news journal, which provides in-depth news and analysis of the world’s largest democracy and of India’s global diaspora. Before the Times, Heather was the banking editor at BusinessWeek in New York, where she covered the perils of the big bank business model and the danger of banks’ expansion into risky lending, corruption on Wall Street, and a post-9/11 city. She began writing about banking and finance as a reporter with the Daily Deal and American Banker.

sam-medSam Williams (@stimply) is obsessed with rethinking journalism, working with data and making cool things at Quartz. He worked previously at Macmillan Publishers where he worked on various digital products, primarily focused on higher education learning. He also has an unhealthy obsession with bitcoin and multi-color LED lightbulbs.

Roya Wolverson (@royawolverson) is a special correspondent at Quartz. She covers travel, airlines and the ins and outs of the voracious global consumer. Roya previously worked at Time as the global business editor, helping to redesign and invigorate the magazine’s business section. Before that she was a reporter at Time, covering the eurozone crisis, global economics and consumer culture for its Curious Capitalist blog. In her wonkier days, she was a financial reporter at SmartMoney and the economics and Iran writer for the Council on Foreign Relations’s web publication, CFR.org, where she was the lead writer for an interactive guide on Iran that won an Emmy and an Interactive Media Award. Roya holds a Master’s degree in public policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School. She is a two-time Fulbright fellow (first to Mali, then to Germany) who wishes life were but a string of grants to foreign places.

DSC_0298Herman Wong (@hermanywong) is social media editor at Quartz. He worked previously at Newsday, where he oversaw social media and real-time coverage during Tropical Storm Irene and Sandy. A graduate of New York University’s master’s journalism program, he has written for FORTUNE, Money, SF Weekly, East Bay Express and other publications. Born in San Francisco, Herman has lived in or traveled to China, Japan, South Korea, Nepal and France, and speaks Mandarin and Cantonese. He currently lives at the border of the SoHo and Chinatown neighborhoods in New York, and is often seen buying pork buns.

David_YanofskyDavid Yanofsky (@YAN0) is a reporter creating data driven and visual stories for Quartz. He uses the principles of design and the power of development to try to tell stories in the best ways the internet can allow. A self taught practitioner of Javascript, Processing, Python, and R he previously worked for Bloomberg creating interactive stories for its web sites, television stations, radio broadcasts, and magazines. Prior to Bloomberg he was a freelance graphic designer, screen printer, and book maker. He obsesses over appropriate representations of information and an empty inbox.

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