Annalee Newitz

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Annalee Newitz
Annalee Newitz.jpg
Annalee Newitz at Etech 2005
Born 1969 (age 45–46)
United States
Education University of California, Berkeley
Occupation Journalist
Charlie Jane Anders & Annalee Newitz 2011

Annalee Newitz (born 1969) is an American journalist who covers the cultural impact of science and technology. She received a PhD in English and American Studies from UC Berkeley, and in 1997 published the widely cited book, White Trash: Race and Class in America. From 2004–2005 she was a policy analyst for the Electronic Frontier Foundation. She writes for many periodicals from Popular Science to Wired, and from 1999 to 2008 wrote a syndicated weekly column called Techsploitation. She co-founded other magazine in 2002, which was published triannually until 2007. Since 2008, she is editor-in-chief of io9, a Gawker-owned futurism and science fiction blog,[1] which was named in 2010 by The Times as one of the top science blogs on the Internet.[2]

Life and career[edit]

Newitz was born in 1969, the daughter of two English teachers – her mother, Cynthia, teaching high school, and her father, Marty, at community college — and grew up in Irvine, California.[3] She once called herself "biethnic", as her father was born Jewish and her mother is a white Southerner and former Methodist who converted to Reform Judaism.[3][4]

She graduated from Irvine High School, and in 1987 moved to Berkeley, California.[5] In 1996, Newitz started doing some of her own freelance writing, and in 1998, she received a PhD in English and American Studies from UC Berkeley, with a dissertation on images of monsters, psychopaths, and capitalism in twentieth century American popular culture (later published as a book[6]). She worked briefly as an adjunct professor, and in 1999 Newitz became a full-time writer and journalist when she was invited to write a weekly column for the Metro Silicon Valley weekly that ran for nine years.[7]

In 2002, she was awarded a Knight Science Journalism Fellowship,[8] and was a research fellow at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. From 2004–2005 she was a policy analyst for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and from 2007–2009 she was on the board of Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility.

She is partners with author Charlie Jane Anders. The couple co-founded other magazine,[9] a tri-annual periodical which ran from 2002 to 2007, and was described as "pop culture and politics for the new outcast".[10] In 2008, Gawker media asked Newitz to start a blog about science and science fiction, which was dubbed io9.[11] Newitz has remained editor-in-chief since its founding, and in 2010, io9 was named one of the top 30 science blogs by The Times.[2]


Newitz's work has been published in Popular Science, Wired,, New Scientist, Metro Silicon Valley, the San Francisco Bay Guardian (as the culture editor),[12] and AlterNet. She is the editor-in-chief at io9, a science-fiction themed blog launched in 2008 by Gawker Media.


  • (creator, founding editor), 2008
  • (co-founder) other magazine, 2002
  • (co-founder) Bad Subjects, 1992, touted as the first leftist publication on the Internet (originally published via gopher)


  • Scatter, Adapt, and Remember: How Humans Will Survive a Mass Extinction (2013) ISBN 978-0385535915
  • (co-editor, with Charlie Anders) She's Such a Geek (Seal Press, 2006)
  • Pretend We're Dead: Capitalist Monsters in American Pop Culture (Duke University Press, 2006)
  • The Bad Subjects Anthology (New York University Press, 1998)
  • White Trash: Race and Class in America (Routledge Press, 1997)

Short stories[edit]


  1. ^ " interview published, Dec. 26, 2009". 
  2. ^ a b "Eureka's Top 30 Science Blogs". The Times. February 3, 2010. Archived from the original on August 15, 2010. Retrieved September 19, 2010. [dead link]
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  4. ^ Talbot, Margaret (November 30, 1997). "Getting Credit For Being White". New York Times Magazine. Retrieved January 3, 2010. 
  5. ^ Newitz, Annalee (2006). "About Annalee". Archived from the original on November 10, 2010. Retrieved September 26, 2010. 
  6. ^ ILoz Zoc (September 2, 2006). "Interview on Blogcritics about Pretend We're Dead". Retrieved September 19, 2010. 
  7. ^ "My Last Column". Alternet. 
  8. ^ "2002–2003 Knight Science Journalism Fellows". MIT. Retrieved September 20, 2010. 
  9. ^ Dodero, Camille (November 14–20, 2003). "The New Outcasts". Boston Phoenix. 
  10. ^ "Other Magazine". 2007. Archived from the original on October 20, 2010. Retrieved September 26, 2010. 
  11. ^ "Gawker Blasts Into Sci-Fi With New Blog, io9". Wired. January 2, 2008. 
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