New York Times adding 20 online opinion writers
The New York Times is bringing on 20 new online-focused writers as contributors for its op-ed and Sunday Review sections, editorial page editor Andrew Rosenthal and op-ed/Sunday Review editor Trish Hall announced in a Wednesday afternoon memo.
The new contributor batch includes several prominent authors (Jennifer Weiner, Roxane Gay), journalists (Texas Monthly executive editor Mimi Swartz, Judith Shulevitz) and academics (Zeynep Tufekci, William Baude, Adam Grant).
The writers were all inked to short-term contracts, Rosenthal told Capital, and most will write about once a month.
"We were looking for a broad range of viewpoints and subjects and backgrounds and geographical locations and every kind of form of diversity that you can think of," he said in an interview.
In particular, Rosenthal said the Times looked for people who could write about technology and culture, and was not looking for "Washington-centered political writers" or experts on macroeconomics, two areas he said they have covered.
Rosenthal said the last such batch addition of contributors occurred back in 2013, when The International Herald Tribune became The International New York Times. Some three dozen additional writers were brought on at the time, he said.
In Wednesday's memo, Rosenthall and Hall called the news "the latest stage in the growth of our opinion report, which included the launch of Sunday Review and the ongoing expansion of our digital offerings."
Overall, the opinion section now has about 50 contributors.
Here is the full list:
William Baude (@WilliamBaude) is an assistant professor of law at the University of Chicago and a former law clerk to Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr.
Brittany Bronson (@BrittanyBronso1) is an English instructor at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and a restaurant server.
Michael Eric Dyson (@MichaelEDyson), a professor of sociology at Georgetown, is the author of books on hip-hop, Bill Cosby, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and a forthcoming volume on President Obama and race. He lives in Washington.
Richard A. Friedman, a professor of clinical psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical College, writes about mental health and behavioral neuroscience. He lives in New York.
Roxane Gay (@rgay) is the author, most recently, of the essay collection “Bad Feminist” and an associate professor of English at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind.
Adam Grant (@AdamMGrant) is a professor of management and psychology at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and the author of “Give and Take: Why Helping Others Drives Our Success.”
Sandeep Jauhar (@sjauhar) is a cardiologist on Long Island and the author, most recently, of “Doctored: The Disillusionment of an American Physician.”
Razib Khan (@razibkhan) is a science blogger and a doctoral candidate in genomics and genetics at the University of California, Davis. He writes about evolution, genetics, religion, politics and philosophy.
David L. Kirp is a professor of public policy at the University of California, Berkeley, and the author, most recently, of “Improbable Scholars: The Rebirth of a Great American School System and a Strategy for America's Schools.”
Lydia Millet is the author, most recently, of the novel “Mermaids in Paradise.” She writes about conservation and endangered species at the Center for Biological Diversity in Tucson.
Judith Shulevitz (@JudithShulevitz) is a journalist and cultural critic in New York who has been a columnist and editor at Slate, The New Republic, New York Magazine and Lingua Franca and has written for many other publications. She is the author, most recently, of “The Sabbath World: Glimpses of a Different Order of Time.”
Megan Stielstra (@meganstielstra) is the author, most recently, of “Once I Was Cool: Personal Essays.” She lives in Chicago.
Manil Suri (@ManilSuri) is the author, most recently, of the novel “City of Devi,” and a professor of mathematics at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.
Mimi Swartz (@mimiswartz) is an executive editor at Texas Monthly and co-author of “Power Failure: The Inside Story of the Collapse of Enron.” She lives in Houston and is writing a book on heart disease.
Héctor Tobar (@TobarWriter) is a Los Angeles-born author and journalist. His books include the novels “The Tattooed Soldier” and “The Barbarian Nurseries” and the nonfiction account “Deep Down Dark: The Untold Stories of 33 Men Buried in a Chilean Mine and the Miracle that Set Them Free.” Mr. Tobar teaches journalism at the University of Oregon. For two decades, he was at The Los Angeles Times, as a correspondent, columnist and book critic.
Zeynep Tufekci (@zeynep) writes about technology, social media, politics and society. She is an assistant professor at the University of North Carolina and a faculty associate at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University.
Peter Wehner (@Peter_Wehner), a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, served in the last three Republican administrations, most recently as deputy director of speechwriting, and then director of the Office of Strategic Initiatives, for President George W. Bush. He lives in McLean, Va.
Jennifer Weiner (@jenniferweiner) is the author of many novels, most recently “All Fall Down.” She lives in Philadelphia.
Freddie Wilkinson (@Fredtheclimber) is a mountain climber and guide and the author of “One Mountain, Thousand Summits: The Untold Story of Tragedy and True Heroism on K2.” He lives in Madison, N.H.
Molly Worthen (@MollyWorthen) is an assistant professor of history at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and the author of “Apostles of Reason: The Crisis of Authority in American Evangelicalism.” She writes about religion, ideology and American politics."