She grew up in Chatham, New Jersey and attended University of Delaware but dropped out 17 credits short of her Bachelor's degree in English. Her husband is the print and Internet journalist Tom Vanderbilt. They have one daughter, Sylvie Rein, born May 5, 2009.
Dunn has written for Rolling Stone magazine since 1989; her first cover story was with Liz Phair. She has covered celebrities including Green Day, Bono, Madonna, Dolly Parton and Brad Pitt for the magazine.
Dunn was also one of the original on-air personalities for MTV2, from 1996 until 2001.  She writes for a number of publications, including O, The Oprah Magazine, Vogue, Jane, The New York Times, and others. For five years, she was a sex columnist at GQ under the pseudonym of Dr. Sooth. She contributed to Good Morning America between 2001 and 2002.
Dunn is also the author of But Enough About Me: A Jersey Girl's Unlikely Adventures Among the Absurdly Famous (titled But Enough About Me: From Eighties Geek To Rock & Roll Chic outside North America), published in June 2006 by HarperCollins. It was an autobiography that chronicled her transformation from a suburban girl to contributing editor at one of the most glamorous magazines in the world. The book received positive review from Publishers Weekly.
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