Libby Copeland

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Libby Copeland is a freelance writer in New York, and was previously a staff writer for the Washington Post. She started her career with the Post in 1998 as an intern in the Style department,[1] and went on to cover culture, crime and Washington politics.[2] [3] In 2005, she was the Feature Specialty Reporting winner for the large circulation papers in the annual competition held by the American Association of Sunday and Feature Editors.[4] In 2009, she left the Post and moved to New York. Since becoming a freelancer, she's become a regular contributor to Slate, and has written for New York Magazine, the Wall Street Journal and Cosmopolitan, among other places. She has appeared on MSNBC, CNN and NPR.


Copeland's freelance work has included a number of pieces on gender and politics for Slate, a piece on product placement for New York, and for Cosmo, an in-depth recounting of a gruesome murder in a D.C.-area lululemon store.

For Style, the Post's daily features section, Copeland covered the 2005 Michael Jackson molestation trial, the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy, and the 2008 presidential election. Copeland wrote primarily about the McCain and Edwards campaigns during the 2008 election, and profiled political figures including Joe and Jill Biden and Cindy and Meghan McCain. Her coverage of the 2006 Congressional mid-term elections has also been both lauded [5][6] and enthusiastically criticized [7] by the blogging community, and Wonkette called one of her pieces "fawning." [8].

She wrote articles for the Post about Washington, DC area graffiti artist Borf (aka John Tsombikos) and has been the subject of some graffiti saying "Libby Copeland Writes Lies," possibly in connection with the Borf issue.[9]

During the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy, she wrote about figure skater Johnny Weir's free-wheeling shopping habits. In 2003, she wrote about modern-day Jersey "dandys" bent on reclaiming the slur "guido," prompting some controversy.[citation needed] She profiled Matt Damon, and skewered the popular girls' retailer Club Libby Lu.

Personal background[edit]

Copeland was born in 1976. She is an alumna of Hastings High School of Hastings-on-Hudson, New York. She went on to major in English at the University of Pennsylvania where, her junior year, she won the Thouron Award.[10]