Kathryn Schulz was born and raised in Shaker Heights, Ohio. Her freelance writing has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Rolling Stone, The Nation, Foreign Policy, and The Boston Globe, among other publications. She also wrote “The Wrong Stuff,” a blog on Slate magazine, and contributes to the Freakonomics blog at The New York Times.
Schulz began her career in journalism writing for the now-defunct Feed Magazine (which published from 1995 to 2001), one of the earliest online magazines. From 2001 to 2006 she edited the online environmental magazine Grist. Before that she worked as a reporter and editor for The Santiago Times, of Santiago in Chile, where she covered environmental, labor, and human rights issues. She was a 2004 recipient of the Pew Fellowship in International Journalism (now the International Reporting Project), and has reported from throughout Central and South America, Japan and the Middle East. Schulz graduated from Brown University and as of 2014[update] resides in New York state.
Kathryn Schulz became a staff writer at The New Yorker in 2015.
Reviewing her book Being Wrong: Adventures in the Margin of Error (2010), Dwight Garner wrote: "Ms. Schulz’s book is a funny and philosophical meditation on why error is mostly a humane, courageous and extremely desirable human trait. She flies high in the intellectual skies, leaving beautiful sunlit contrails." Daniel Gilbert described her as "a warm, witty and welcome presence who confides in her readers rather than lecturing them. It doesn’t hurt that she combines lucid prose with perfect comic timing...."
Being Wrong: Adventures in the Margin of Error, Ecco / HarperCollins, June 8, 2010
- “The United Mistakes of America”, The New York Times, July 28, 2010
- “The Bright Side of Wrong”, The Boston Globe, June 13, 2010
- “Thanks for Admitting the Blindingly Obvious”, The New York Times, June 8, 2010
- “Life in Hell”, Foreign Policy, January 12, 2010
- “Billy Jean in Baghdad”, The Huffington Post, November 16, 2009
- “Brave Neuro World”, The Nation, January 9, 2006
- “Did Antidepressants Depress Japan?”, The New York Times Magazine, August 22, 2004
- “Being Left: Reflections on Love and Politics,” The Nation, December 20, 2004
- “Medium Rare: Kathryn Schulz Reviews David Quammen’s Monster of God”, Grist, November 18, 2003
- Being Wrong, at HarperCollins
- Kathryn Schulz author page, HarperCollins
- Kathryn Schulz, "A former Portland journalist explains why sometimes it’s right to be wrong" (interview), Willamette Week, June 23, 2010
- Dwight Garner, "To Err Is Human. And How! And Why", The New York Times, June 10, 2010
- Daniel Gilbert, "The Errors of Our Ways", The New York Times, Sunday Book Review, July 23, 2010
- "Kathryn Schulz On Learning To Love 'Being Wrong'". NPR. June 7, 2010
- Stuart Jeffries, "Being Wrong: Adventures in the Margin of Error by Kathryn Schulz" (review). The Guardian, August 27, 2010