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 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.
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.
Kevin J. Delaney (@kevinjdelaney) is editor in chief and co-founder 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.
Michael Donohoe (@donohoe) is the Product Engineering Director for Quartz. His focus is the continuous development and iteration of the site – with a emphasis on clarity, and re-thinking the traditional way people digest the news. He worked at The New York Times from 2003 to 2011. When he first started, tables where considered the standard for web site layout and IE6 was cutting edge. He worked on a number of section and product launches, re-designs, and re-launches. He served various roles, ultimately rising to that of Senior Product Engineer. Michael was a contributor to the NYT’s TimesOpen blog, developer initiatives, and Hack Days. In his spare time he builds things that bear a close resemblance to work projects. He is fluent in English and speaks broken Irish.
Roberto Ferdman (@robferdman) is a reporter at Quartz, focusing on Latin American business and economics. He also spends a portion of his time as part of Quartz’s ideas team. Previously, he worked as an online multimedia editor for the Cooking Channel and Food Network, and an associate producer in online, television and commercial video production. He graduated from Brown University with a bachelor’s degree in applied math and economics. He was born in Boston and raised in Puerto Rico; though his mother is from Tehran, Iran, and his father is from Buenos Aires, Argentina. His obsessions range from corruption, climate change and surprising but true facts, to spicy food, fiction and live music.
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.
Gwynn Guilford (@sinoceros) is a general reporter and editor for Quartz. She recently wrapped up a stint at Andrew Sullivan’s The Dish, where she helped round out the blog’s coverage of China and economics. She returned to the US in late 2011 after six years in China, where she researched Chinese companies and macroeconomic developments for hedge funds. Prior to that, she covered China’s venture capital scene, its art market, intellectual property and similar topics for a national business journal. Gwynn has also worked in Myanmar, reporting for the Myanmar Times & Business Review. 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.
Marissa 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.
Josh Kadis is a web applications technologist for Quartz, building features for the publishing interface, API, user accounts, and the front-end web app. He joined Quartz to focus on long-term product development and user experience after a year at digital creative agency Big Spaceship, where he worked on HP and other clients. He is a graduate of the University of Colorado’s Boulder Digital Works program and previously worked as a writer, strategist, and developer in the bicycle industry.
S. 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.
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.
Ritchie S. King (@ritchiesking) is a reporter and visual storyteller at Quartz, focusing on infographics and interactive features. In a previous life, he was a chemical engineer at a startup that was trying to turn things like wood chips and switchgrass into fuel. Though he left the world of engineering to become a journalist, he’s still into math and likes to muck with data. While he was a graduate student at NYU’s Science, Health, and Environmental Reporting Program, he interned at the science desk at The New York Times. After graduating, he moved to the other side of the building to train with the pros at the graphics desk. Before joining Quartz, he spent a few months working with the intensely creative art team at Bloomberg Businessweek.
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.
Jay Lauf is Quartz’s Publisher. He studied English, European History and Law in both the US and at Durham University in the U.K. with an eye toward beginning a full-time professional career in journalism. After a year covering the Anti-Defamation League, Israeli politics and culture for The Jewish Monthly in Washington, D.C., he moved to the other side of the masthead launching a 24-year career in publishing. 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’s Technology 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 since coming onboard, he and his team have increased digital ad revenue 438%. 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.
Sara Lerner (@saralerner) is Quartz’s Associate General Manager. 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 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 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 Mabanta (@miamabanta) is Quartz’s Senior Manager of Strategy and Brand Marketing, overseeing strategic partnerships, audience research, and other key aspects of brand development. 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.
John McDuling (@jmcduling) is Quartz’s corporate reporter, covering deals, governance issues and executive strategy. 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, where he worked mainly for Deutsche Bank. His personal obsessions include the future of the media industry, immigration policy and the business of sports.
Sean McManus (@McManusReport) is Managing Director of QuartzLive, the conferences and live events division of Quartz. Prior to that he was Director of Programmes at The Economist, where he led content development for Economist Events in North and South America and related online content. He was formerly executive editor of Big Think overseeing editorial operations including interviews with thought leaders from around the world. Earlier, Sean was an editor at 02138 magazine. His work has appeared in the New York Times, New York magazine, Worth, and Details. He is a graduate of Washington & Lee University and earned a masters degree in American History from the University of North Florida, where he was a teaching assistant for a visiting professor from South Africa, Desmond Tutu.
Christopher Mims (@mims) is the science and technology correspondent for Quartz. He believes that the most interesting things about the universe have yet to be discovered, and that technology is the primary driver of cultural change. He is often surprised and delighted by what people will say on record. He is a former editor at Seed, Scientific American, Technology Review, Grist and Smithsonian, and in those roles launched blogs, redesigns, video series and other half-forgotten but otherwise influential experiments in new media. As a freelancer with the news metabolism of a hummingbird, he spent a decade writing news and analysis for the aforementioned, as well as BBC, Wired, Nature and the like. His Japanese is mostly regional slang, and sounds funny to people from Tokyo. He had a brief but varied stint in a neuroscience lab, during which he came to appreciate that research is hard, and all results are preliminary until other scientists have reproduced them — and sometimes not even then.
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.
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. He is based in Bangkok, Thailand, where it is probably really hot right now.
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.
Megan Reback (@meganreback) is the Assistant to the Group 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 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 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.
Philip A. Stephenson (@phantomath) covers lifestyle at Quartz. He began his career in media as an editorial assistant for Harvard University’s Transition magazine and the Carnegie Mellon University Press, while earning his M.A. in professional writing at CMU. He went on to report for the Pittsburgh City Paper and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, before moving to New York City in 2008, to begin a Ph.D. in communications and the social impact of media at Columbia University. As a Jamaican-American who grew up in the singular state of West Virginia he is obsessed with creolization. An adjunct assistant professor in the department of media culture at the College of Staten Island, he also holds an A.B. in drama and English from Kenyon College and an M.A. from the Columbia University School of Journalism. He lives, with his wife, in Queens, NY.
Herman 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.