Jenni 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.
Anna 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.
Lauren Brown (@laurenalixb) is the special projects editor for Quartz. She oversees reporters who cover health and science, helps shape editorial strategy, commissions commentary, and works with marketing to launch new editorial campaigns. Previously, Lauren was Quartz’s deputy ideas editor. 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 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.
Kabir Chibber (@quinto_quarto) is the weekend editor and often writes during the week about the business of sport as well as French politics and culture. He previously worked at the BBC and Bloomberg and, most recently, contributed to Harper’s, the New Yorker online, the New York Times and Wired. Kabir was born in Hong Kong and grew up in London.
Simon Davies (@asimondavies) is Quartz’s executive director, EMEA. His career began with stints in regional newspapers, IT press and women’s glossies before he became one of the first commercial employees at The Week. He spent 11 years in its London and New York offices, finishing his time as publisher of the UK edition and the week.co.uk. Simon then joined Point 6, a branding agency in west London where, among other things, he helped establish a Shanghai office. In 2012 Simon launched his own firm representing international print and digital clients to advertisers in EMEA. He became Quartz’s executive director, EMEA in June 2014.
Kevin 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.
Maggee Dorsey (@maggeedorsey) is the event manager at Quartz. Hailing from Southwest Virginia, Maggee Dorsey began her career at Barclays Capital after graduating from James Madison University. There, she supported the Event Marketing Team with planning, procurement, and staffing for over 800 events annually and rebranding the global investment banking merchandise. In 2013, Maggee joined the Bloomberg, LP Global Events Team covering the Vertical Industry brands. Her year at Bloomberg included a myriad of events including the Bloomberg New Energy Finance Summit. Maggee’s continued interest in building brands, networks, and communities through live events brought her to Quartz in 2014. Maggee resides in Manhattan spending her free time visiting as many restaurants as she can afford and serving as Vice-President of the JMU NYC Alumni Association.
Adam Epstein (@aepstein) is an editorial fellow covering television and media for Quartz. He attended Johns Hopkins University as a Woodrow Wilson Fellow, where he wrote about the abolitionist John Brown with disturbing frequency and cultivated his obsession with all things Cormac McCarthy. He also has a master’s degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Before coming to Quartz, Adam was a freelance entertainment writer.
Micah 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 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.
Bobby Ghosh (@ghoshworld) is Quartz’s editor at large and editor in chief of Quartz events, based in New York City. He has strong opinions on foreign affairs, food and football…not necessarily in that order. Ghosh was previously at TIME Magazine for 16 years, including stints in Hong Kong, London, Baghdad, New York and Washington. Before serving as Editor of TIME International, he traveled and wrote extensively, on subjects ranging from war and terrorism to sports, food, and business. Before TIME, Ghosh worked at the Far Eastern Economic Review in Hong Kong, BusinessWorld Magazine in Mumbai and New Delhi, Business Standard in Kolkata and Deccan Chronicle in Visakhapatnam, India.
Devjyot Ghoshal (@devjyotghoshal) is the India editor at Quartz. Most recently, he was a Fulbright scholar at the Columbia Journalism School, learning about data, design, video and American English spellings. Before that he spent about four years at Business Standard, an Indian financial daily, in its Delhi, Kolkata, and Singapore offices, where he worked as a staff reporter and Southeast Asia correspondent. He is passionate about beating deadlines, and Arsenal F.C.
Ryan 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.
Gwynn 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.
Shaun Hambly (@SDHambly) is a marketing assistant in the London office. Before joining Quartz, he volunteered at the Media Legal Defence Initiative, assisting council in defending the rights of journalists worldwide. Shaun graduated with an LLB Law degree from London School of Economics and spent four months trekking throughout the United States and Canada beforehand. He is obsessed with international news and everything to do with musical theatre.
Jason 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.
Jeanne Kim (@jeannesjkim) is a general reporter at Quartz covering social issues in Asia. She graduated from Northwestern University where she studied journalism and interned at GlobalPost prior to becoming an editorial fellow at Quartz. A globe-trotter, she’s lived in Seoul, Hong Kong, and Beijing and has reported on North Korean defectors living in South Korea.
Courtney Kobylanski (@KobylanskiC) is an international account manager in our London office. She graduated from Aston Business School with a BA degree in International Business, French and Spanish after also spending time studying in Grenoble Ecole de Management. Courtney’s obsession with digital media stems from her internship at a mobile marketing startup in Seville and working on the sales team at Vibrant Media London. She loves to repeat the Surprising Discoveries section on Quartz’s Daily Brief email to anyone who will listen, and only dresses in monochrome.
Sonali Kohli (@sonali_kohli) is an editorial fellow for Quartz reporting on education and diversity. She was most recently a metro reporter at the Los Angeles Register and the Orange County Register. She became obsessed with crime coverage as a UCLA student and traveled to Malawi in 2013 for the Daily Bruin as a Bridget O’Brien Scholarship recipient, to report on the health care and human rights challenges of the LGBT community there.
Lily 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.
Heather 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 Lauf (@ jlauf ) 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.
Daniel 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.
Steve 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. His newest book, The Powerhouse, which tracks the geopolitics of lithium-ion batteries, will be published in February 2014 by Viking.
Gideon Lichfield (@glichfield) joined Quartz’s founding team in 2012 as global news editor; he is now a nondescript “senior editor,” which means getting to do the fun bits. He came to Quartz from 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. The main thing he remembers from all his travels are the languages, of which he knows five well enough for interviewing evasive politicians, another two well enough to read, and one just well enough to haggle in.
Mia Mabanta (@miamabanta) is director of revenue products, leading cross-functional efforts to develop Quartz’s growing suite of bold, differentiated advertising offerings. 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 that was acquired by Morningstar. 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.
Diksha Madhok (@dikshamadhok) is Ideas Editor, Quartz India. She writes about gender, popular culture and business. Before coming to Quartz, Diksha worked with Thomson Reuters in New Delhi and studied journalism at Columbia University in New York City. She likes startups.
Thomas McBee (@thomaspagemcbee) is growth editor at Quartz. Most recently, he was the managing editor at PolicyMic (now Mic), a news and analysis site by and for young people. His essays and reportage have appeared in the New York Times and VICE, among others, and he writes the columns “Self-Made Man” for the Rumpus and “The American Man” for Pacific Standard. “Man Alive” (City Lights), his memoir about what makes a man, was covered in Esquire and received starred reviews in Publisher’s Weekly and Kirkus. He loves barber shops and gets his hair cut way, way too often.
John 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.
Zainab Mudallal (@zainab_mudallal) is a fellow for Quartz. She graduated from the University of Maryland Philip Merrill College of Journalism. Zainab worked for The National newspaper in Abu Dhabi, and formerly wrote for National Geographic magazine and the McClatchy-Tribune news service in Washington, DC. She speaks Arabic and Spanish, and is a native of Iraq. Zainab is currently working on Quartz’s marketing services team.
Svati Narula (@svatikirsten) is a general assignment reporter at Quartz. She covers consumer goods, philanthropy, science, and tech, but friends and colleagues know her main obsession is the sea. Svati is a graduate of Dartmouth College, and instead of studying abroad she spent a semester on boats and beaches with the Williams-Mystic Maritime Studies Program. Before joining Quartz, she was an editorial fellow at The Atlantic.
Leslie Nguyen (@gatechme99) is the technical project manager at Quartz. She previously worked at a software consultancy as well as a startup. Prior to making a career switch to software development, Leslie was an attorney in private practice focusing on intellectual property law and pro bono asylum cases. She holds engineering degrees from Georgia Tech and Duke University and a law degree from Washington University in St. Louis. When not playing or watching sports, Leslie is obsessing over all things related to food and travel.
Max 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 firstname.lastname@example.org for broadcast bookings or to speak to other members of Quartz’ staff.
Matt 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.
Joy 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 Seward (@zseward) is the vice president of product and executive editor of Quartz, where he obsesses about what technology can do for journalism and vice versa. He leads the teams responsible for product development, audience growth, and data visualization. He also writes about the future of TV and other topics. 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 has also been an adjunct professor at the journalism schools of NYU and 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.
Vanessa Jane Ah Sha Sen is manager of sales planning and ad operations in the London office. She spent time travelling before joining Quartz and prior to that worked in the ad ops departments of both Channel 4 and Conversant. Vanessa graduated from Aston University with a BA degree in International Business and French, which included a year of study in the business school, ESC Toulouse. Born and raised in London, she was lucky enough to enjoy frequent trips back to her parents’ motherland, Mauritius, and speaks English, French and Mauritian-Creole. She is obsessed with spreadsheets and shopping.
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.
Amalia Viti (@amaliaviti) is a Web Applications Developer at Quartz. She previously worked at MediaMath, where she helped to build the infrastructure for their apps marketplace as well as APIs, apps, and tools. Amalia holds a degree in Operations Research and Industrial Engineering from Columbia University. She’s obsessed with that cool place where technology, design, and creativity intersect and enjoys working on side projects in her spare time.
Cassie Werber (@cassiewerber) is based in the UK where she writes about renewable energy, politics and society, management and the arts for Quartz. Before joining, she was an energy reporter for The Wall Street Journal. She’s a co-organizer of Hacks Hackers London, a monthly networking group for journalists and technologists. Her undergraduate degree is from Cambridge University and she also has a master’s in business and finance journalism from City University, London, and the University of Aarhus in Denmark. Prior to journalism, Cassie got a master’s in theater at Central School of Speech and Drama and started a professional theater company, directing plays mainly in London and Edinburgh. She hails from Ipswich, along with Cardinal Wolsey, and no one else famous.
Sam 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 deputy news editor at Quartz. She 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 and print magazine. 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 from Harvard’s Kennedy School. She is a two-time Fulbright grantee (to Mali and then Germany) who wishes life were but a string of grants to foreign places.
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