Christopher Beam is an American journalist and a reporter for The New Republic. Previously, he wrote the "Crime" column for Slate. In his prior capacity as a political writer he was a frequent Air America guest (the radio station dubbed his frequent appearances "Beam Me Up") and has appeared on the Colbert Report.
Beam graduated from The Roxbury Latin School in 2002, and is a 2006 graduate of Columbia University, where he worked on the Columbia Daily Spectator and The Blue and White. With fellow journalist and Columbia grad Nick Summers, Beam cofounded the popular Ivy League gossip blog IvyGate.